When you think of world-renowned pop stars, the likes of Bruno Mars, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake and Rihanna instantly spring to mind. The name ‘Olly Murs’ does not, but given the strength of his performance at Live At The Marquee, no one would be blamed for seeking his inclusion. Armed with only a band and his trademark smile Murs roared through a set, including the likes of chart-topping “Thinking of Me”, “Please Don’t Let Me Go” and “Troublemaker.” Murs is not new to the Marquee, having played it in 2013, but the amount of energy he brought to his performance sent the already upbeat crowd into celebration mode, as dances of all types & angles were taking place throughout the arena.
What Olly Murs always brings to a performance is fun. Since his days on the X- Factor, Olly has gained confidence by the barrel-full. Throughout his performance it’s easy to forget how he rose to this position, starring in the very talented 2009 edition of the show as an over 25 act, coming second to Joe McElderry but beating the likes of Stacey Solomon & the Irish twin act Jedward. However, there is no doubt now who the true winner is, as Murs is the only one to have carved a real name for himself in music outside of the competition. Since the show Murs opened the U.S. leg of One Direction’s first international tour, has had numerous Number One singles and has worked with the likes of Robbie Williams, Rizzle Kicks and Flo-Rida.
Throughout his performance Murs took moments away from singing, to allow the rapturous audience’s voices to be heard, and he was often seen smiling and laughing with his band. The emotion in the room when the opening chords of “Dear Darling” hit, and Murs dedicated it to his friend who had recently died of cancer, silenced the crowd as tears could be seen almost coming from Murs’s face. The fun soon returned, and Murs debuted his new single “ You Don’t Know Love”, which was released at midnight that night, and received a brilliant reception from the Corkonian crowd. The singing and dancing continued well into the night, and by the time of the encore of “Troublemaker” you didn’t want to imagine yourself being anywhere else.