Olly Murs, I will have you know, is a brilliant performer. Even if you're not a fan you could not deny that he is a total professional when it comes to putting on a show. He's energetic, enthusiastic (which is a thing in itself these days) and engages with the audience in a way that would put more seasoned artists to absolute shame to be honest. The level he is at right now and he's only been in the public for four years, is staggering. Robbie Williams should be supporting him this summer, not the other way round.
And yes Olly has cheeky dance routines and stage banter. But nothing is ever explicit or too suggestive, which makes him all round family entertainment. There was a good mix of people in the audience, both genders and all ages and Olly clearly caters for that. He runs through his hit singles, both old and new plus other album tracks and there is something for everyone. Even for the dads in the audience, there is a fun rendition of The Clash Should I Stay (Or Should I Go) and The Jam classic, Town Called Malice.
The stage production is big and brassy. There is a B-stage with connecting platforms to the main stage which helps to include fans sat at the back and sides of the arena. Again, catering for everyone.
And he isn't afraid to challenge himself. Whipping out both an acoustic guitar and a piano number.
Guaranteed to impress. Well done Mr Murs. I look forward to seeing you again some time!
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