Marina to release ‘LOVE+FEAR’ in the spring, embark on North American tour

A week after sharing her first new song in four years, Marina Diamandis has returned with a slew of good news for her fans. On Thursday (Feb. 14), the Welsh singer —now going by Marina— announced the upcoming release of her fourth studio album.

Dubbed LOVE+FEAR, the forthcoming studio effort is due out April 26 through Atlantic Records. LOVE+FEAR is the follow-up to 2015’s FROOT. Pre-orders for the album are currently available here.

According to a statement on behalf of the musician, LOVE+FEAR is split into two eight-song collections. The LOVE portion of the collection is described as “filled with a longing to enjoy life and a desire to unite and empower” while the FEAR collection “delve[s] into matters of purpose and insecurity, also touching on conversations surrounding gender inequality and more broadly, the abuse of power.”

The impending album found Marina recording the 16 tracks over the course of two years in places such as Sweden, London, and Los Angeles.

In support of LOVE+FEAR, Marina also unveiled a slew of tour dates for 2019. The first tour will find the singer performing across the United Kingdom throughout the months of April and May. After taking some time off, she will make her way across the pond for the North American leg of the LOVE+FEAR tour.

The U.K. leg of the LOVE+FEAR tour begins on April 29 at the O2 Academy in Newcastle and concludes a couple of weeks later on May 10 at the Manchester Apollo in Manchester.

Following a few months off the road, Marina will travel to North America for her United States and Canadian-centric jaunt. That portion of the tour begins on Sept. 10 at Rebel Toronto and concludes a month later on Oct. 9 at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale this Monday, Feb. 18, at noon local time. General ticket sales begin next Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. local time. The full list of upcoming tour dates can be found below.

MARINA LOVE+FEAR 2019 TOUR DATES:

April 29 – Newcastle, UK – Newcastle Academy
April 30 – Glasgow, UK – Academy Glasgow
May 03 – London, UK – Royal Albert Hall
May 07 – Bournemouth, UK – Academy Bournemouth
May 09 – Birmingham, UK – Birmingham Academy
May 10 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Apollo

Sept. 10 – Toronto, ON – Rebel Toronto
Sept. 11 – Montréal, QC – MTelus Montréal
Sept. 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
Sept. 16 – New York City, NY – Central Park Summerstage
Sept. 18 – Washington DC – The Anthem
Sept. 20 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Sept. 21 – Atlanta, GA – Coca–Cola Roxy
Sept. 23 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
Sept. 24 – Minneapolis, MN – Orpheum Theatre
Sept. 26 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center
Sept. 27 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory
Sept. 28 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits
Oct. 1 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Union Event Center
Oct. 4 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
Oct. 5 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
Oct. 7 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Hall
Oct. 8 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
Oct. 9 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre

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Marina returns after slight hiatus with ‘Handmade Heaven’

It’s been four years since Marina and the Diamonds have released any new music, but now it looks like the group’s leading lady is ready to strike out on her own. On Friday (Feb. 8), the former Welsh band’s frontwoman, Marina Diamandis, announced the release of her first new song in four years. Obviously missing from the new moniker is the “and the Diamonds” aka the band, but Marina is still here, letting her voice do all the work.

Titled “Handmade Heaven,” the new song was produced by Grammy award-winner Joel Little. Little’s resume boasts some major artists such as Lorde, Khalid, and Sam Smith.

According to a press release, the new song is described as “Marina imagining a world as simple as the beautiful creatures and nature that surround her.” Like the music video for the track shows, it’s a beautiful, snowy world. Watch the three-and-a-half-minute, Sophie Muller-directed clip above.

“Handmade Heaven” will be featured on Diamandis’ upcoming fourth studio album. The yet-to-be-titled record will be the follow-up to her pre-hiatus record, 2015’s FROOT. The new studio effort will reportedly see a release time frame of later this year. It was also revealed that the forthcoming album was recorded in different cities around the world including London, Sweden, and Los Angeles.

Though the musician spent most of the last couple of years taking a sabbatical, she joined forces with Clean Bandit and Luis Fonsi in 2018 for their collaboration, “Baby.”

While she was away from the music world, Diamandis took the time to not only reflect on her past but to also rediscover who she is as a person when she is not in the limelight. During that time, the songstress also returned to school to study human personality and attachment theory while also launching a blog (Marinabook)to keep in touch with fans and give her take on non-music things.

Boston Calling Announce Spring 2015 Line-Up

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While everyone was sucked in by the cool unveil of the Bonnaroo line-up and every possible social media account around, another festival decided to unveil their own line-up as well.

Boston Calling will be holding its first of two annual music festivals during the weekend of May 22-24 at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston with many names that seem to be making 2015 the year of their festival appearances.

Headlining the yearly event will be Beck, My Morning Jacket, and the Pixies while sub-headliners will include Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, and Tenacious D.

Other acts confirmed for the weekend long event include: Gerard Way, Marina and the Diamonds, Vance Joy, Run the Jewels, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminal, Chet Faker, Jungle, The Lone Bellow, and current radio darling, Tove Lo.

Check out the festival’s video announcement below which, for some reason, reminds us of the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage” video. Maybe it’s the fake mustaches?

General admission tickets go on sale today (Wednesday, Jan. 14) beginning at noon on the festival’s website. Early Bird 3-day passes are $160, while those interested in 3-day VIP tickets will be put back $300.

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New York’s Governors Ball Unveil 2015 Line-Up

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On the heels of Coachella’s big line-up announcement yesterday afternoon, New York’s Governors Ball has now unveiled who will be performing at their event later this year.

Like Coachella, Drake will be headlining the festival, set to take place in June, alongside deadmau5 and The Black Keys.

Sub-headliners will include: Bjork My Morning Jacket, Lana Del Rey, The Decemberists as well as Drake’s fellow Coachella 2015 performers, Florence and the Machine, Tame Impala, Ryan Adams, and St. Vincent.

Check out the full festival line-up below.

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The Governors Ball will take place during the weekend of June 5-7 on Randall’s Island. Three-day general admission and VIP passes will be available beginning this Friday, Jan. 9 on the festival’s website.

Coachella Organizers Reveal Long-Awaited 2015 Line-Up

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Following a few months of speculation and predictions, the line-up for this year’s Coachella has been revealed.

The festival organizers took to Twitter to break the new in which they wrote, “For those about to RT.” A photo was attached to the tweet which contained the full line-up of all the artists who will take the trip to California in April.

Performers for the two weekend-long festival will include: AC/DC, Jack White, Brand New, Bad Religion, Circa Survive, Interpol, Belle and Sebastian, Drake, Florence and the Machine, Kaskade, Ryan Adams, David Guetta, Fitz and the Tantrum, Marina and the Diamonds, LIGHTS, Andrew McMahon, and many, many more.

Check out the full, and pretty lengthy, list below.

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The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will take place in Indio during two consecutive weekends in April. The first weekend will take place April 10-12 while the second weekend will take place April 17-19.

Marina and the Diamonds Premiere New Video

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Marina and the Diamonds have just out to rest her Electra Heart character in the music video for Electra Heart. The internet’s hidden gem darling, Marina Diamandis created the character back in 2011 for her sophomore album, of the same name. On the two-year anniversary of the released of “Fear and Loathing,” she put the persona to rest in a dramatic and beautifully conceived music video which takes a look back at previous videos.

The most memorable scene for fans is probably the moment that Electra Heart smudges her signature heart, marking the end of her for good. For now, you can check out the video for “Electra Heart” or Part 11 of the series. Word to the wise, you might want to check out the first ten videos before saying good-bye to the darling persona.