Essex native and UK Season 6 X-Factor finalist, Olly Murs performed this past Saturday at the legendary Palais Theatre in St Kilda. Touring Australia with his Never Been Better Tour, featuring songs from his fourth studio album Never Been Better, which after its release in November of last year, shot up to number one on the UK Albums Chart, and to the top-forty list in Australia, among other countries.
Murs’ album launched the first single ‘Wrapped Up’ featuring Travie McCoy, now with ARIA accredited Gold sales, and ‘Up’ which features Demi Lovato, which has achieved ARIA accredited Platinum sales, and it has received huge airplay on radio waves around the globe. Opening act and Australia’s 2014 The Voice winner, Anja Nissen sang several songs before Murs came on stage, and then she accompanied him in a splendid rendition of ‘Up’ during the concert.
With three multi-platinum albums under his belt and sold out arena tours throughout Europe and the UK, Murs has had a strong presence in Australia, having successfully toured Down Under only two years ago, but it seems that our corner of the world has had quite the impact on Murs as well.
He told the audience about his memorable trip up and down the eastern coast back in 2008, which began in the very St Kilda, where he was now performing. Olly reminisced fondly of his experiences as a backpacker, the kind people he came across, great local bakeries, beautiful nature, attractive women and the fact that it was on this holiday that he decided to tryout for the UK’s X-Factor once more. Which he did, and as they say… the rest is history.
On the night I attended, most of the audience was screaming and jumping uncontrollably during the entire duration of the concert. To single out one song from the night’s performance is difficult, they were all absolutely electric, like ‘Troublemaker’ and ‘Dance with Me Tonight,’ I did however find myself especially moved by ‘Dear Darlin’ which Olly explained that it had a special emotional place in his life as well.
Often, during a bit of a lull, sudden chants of “Olly, Olly, Olly! Oy Oy Oy!” would burst through, accompanied with further screams and laughter. Eventually Olly chanted his own name, much to everyone’s delight.
There was a definite synergy between Murs and the audience, with some cheeky encouragements tossed in, asking for him to take his clothes off, to which Murs had a quick knee-jerk reply, “I’ll do it after you do” and then did a quick backtrack, explaining that it was a family show, as he waved his finger in a “menacing” way at the provocateur. All was in good fun, and everyone was aware of this, that’s why the night was absolute fun from start to end. We welcome you back anytime Olly!
Nine Live & Sony Music present
Never Been Better Tour 2105
Venue: Palais Theatre, Melbourne VIC
Date: August 8, 2015