Former X Factor contestant, Olly Murs kicked off his 2017 UK tour at The SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow last Friday night. The first of two sold out shows in Glasgow, I was lucky enough to bag a couple of tickets for opening night which both my Mum and I were extremely excited about! Having loved Olly’s music since day one we’d always wanted to see him live and thanks to SSE we finally had the opportunity!
Supported by a DJ set from Clyde 1’s George Bowie to kick off the evening, Olly took to the stage around half past 8. The show started off with a bang as the house lights faded and a countdown appeared on two large screens, seconds later Olly emerged to warm reception from an adoring crowd. Greeting the excitable Glasgow crowd, he immediately broke into the hit single You Don’t Know Love which served as great opening to the show.
Throughout the evening Olly preformed a number of songs from his recent album ’24 Hrs’ including one of my personal favourites; the extremely upbeat and cheerful Grow Up which features that much-loved ‘Olly Murs’ sound. This was followed by a selection of other tracks from the new album including Back Around, Years & Years as well as a ballad called Flaws which saw the arena illuminated with phone torchlights resembling twinkling stars in the night sky.
As well as new additions from Olly’s latest album, there’s no forget the old favourites; the crowd pleasers. The set list featured everything from Dear Darlin’, which Olly reckons would fit perfectly into the ’24 Hrs’ album had the song be written today; Heart Skips A Beat, Troublemaker and Up the duet feel good duet featuring american pop star Demi Lovato which one just can’t help but fall in love with! However, my very favourite performance of the night was without a doubt one of his earliest hits Dance With Me Tonight, a fabulous pop song with a real swing vibe. The fun-loving atmosphere during this one was infectious, not that I really need any encouragement!
An exciting surprise for a first timer like myself was the medley of disco pop hits including covers of That’s The Way I Like It by The KC Sunshine Band as well as Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop The Feeling. Being such a big fan of the disco genre myself, this was without a doubt another highlight for me! At this stage everyone was asked to put their phones away and just enjoy themselves; it was truly wonderful to look around the room and see that almost everyone had obliged besides a few exceptions. A refreshing sight indeed! It was a fun and vibrant performance; everyone was up on their feet dancing and evidently having a blast! It was apparent that Olly was loving it just as much as the audience as he spent the duration of the medley energetically dancing his way around the stage.
The show on a whole was filled to the brim with energy and made for a great night out for those on in attendance. It was great to see a full band complete with a brass section playing tirelessly alongside Olly; something that is extremely important to me as an onlooker. Olly himself is without a doubt a true entertainer; his renowned charisma shines as he performs and is evident in how he connects with the audience. Everything from the jokes, to the dancing and at one stage he bravely exited the safety curtain of the stage parading through the audience and greeting fans in the process; it’s clear that he genuinely loves what he does! A feel good night for all ages, one can’t help but leave the arena with a smile upon their face!
If you’re heading out to one of Olly shows in the coming weeks or plan on catching him later this year as he embarks on a Summer tour be sure to let me know down below in the comments section! And why not let me know what’s your favourite Olly Murs track!