He’s been labeled as Essex’s answer to Robbie Williams, a title I’m sure Ollie wont mind adorning, but with great titles comes great responsibility and if he’s to live up to it, nights like tonight are all the more important. It’s quite an achievement to think that despite finishing X Factor runner up in 2009, Olly Murs can sell out 2 nights at Londons O2 arena. Maybe it’s because he escaped the evil clutches of pop’s chief manufacturer Mr Cowell, that the Essex Entertainer’s career has gone from strength to strength.
Tonight he’s in fine form and owning the O2 stage as he glides across it effortlessly, a grin from ear to ear, pulling out the trademark ‘Murs moves’ and working the room in every corner determined nobody feels left out. He starts proceedings with single Army Of Two and continues the strong intro by following up with Dance with me Tonight. A set, jammed pack full of crowd pleasers including an acoustic collection from the steps of a pretty impressive stage set. Although an extreme stench of cheese sometimes fill the arena, you can’t deny that Olly is the perfect professional and boasts some of the most catchiest tunes around. One of which is Busy, in which Olly debuts his recently obtained strumming skills, thanking the crowd for letting him indulge himself . He pulls pulls it off.
Attempts to cross musical boundaries fail with covers of The Clash’s Should I stay or should I go and The Jams Town Called Malice lost on the audience. It doesn’t stop kids and mothers dancing though and to be fair, there’s a 2 hour show to fill. He picks up the pace again with the bright and bubbly Please Don’t Let Me Go And sprints to a strong finish with the best received song of the night Heart Skips A Beat.
An encore finished with Troublemaker brings the show to a close. For any doubters that Olly Murs could cut it at a venue of this size, it’s clear he’s more than comfortable.