LIVE: OLLY MURS @ YORK RACECOURSE – JULY 1ST 2017 74

In front of a crowd of more than 30,000 – including young children, parents and couples, Olly Murs capped off what had been a great day at York Races with an impressive performance lasting just shy of an hour and a half.

A giant clock on the screen at the back of the stage counted down from 24 – a nod to Murs’ latest album – before the 32-year-old bounded on stage to rapturous cheers and applause and launched into “You Don’t Know Love,” which he followed up with several of his biggest hits including “Up”, the duet with Demi Lovato, and “Heart Skips A Beat”, while his inclusion of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” – his X-Factor audition song – sent the crowd absolutely nuts.

Staring out at the sea of people before him and with a huge grin on his face, Murs told the crowd: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be here with you. Me and the band are just so so excited to be here in York. The last time I was here at York Racecourse was in 2010 and it’s an absolute pleasure to be back. If I could kiss you all I would.”

After belting out a few more songs including part of Tina Turner’s”What’s Love Got To Do With It?” and leading everyone in a sing-along of “Simply The Best”, about halfway through the show, he paused to comment on how great it was so see so many people – couples, families and friends – gathered together for the event today, and asked everyone to turn to the person beside them and give them a hug or a kiss before performing “Dear Darling.” It was a touching moment that served as a reminder that music will always continue to unite people, even in the face of such horror as that which unfolded at Manchester Arena in May.

In between songs and two super-short rain-showers which couldn’t dampen anyone’s mood, the cheeky chap reminded the crowd that he was “very much” single, threw in some saucy innuendos and flirted with the largely female audience before him and, as his time on stage drew to a close, he delivered a ridiculously energetic medley of hits, some of which dated back to the 90’s, including KC & The Sunshine Band’s “That’s The Way I Like It”, R Kelly’s “She’s Got That Vibe” and Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling.”

Bounding around the stage with the energy of a man half his age, Murs rounded out his set with his hits “Troublemaker”, “Dance With Me Tonight” and an encore of “Kiss Me” and “Years & Years.” Having first found fame back in 2009, Murs proved tonight – to fans both old and new – that every bit of that success had been duly earned and that, much to the delight of those before him, he certainly wouldn’t be disappearing from people’s eyes and ears anytime soon.

 

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RAG N BONE MAN CONFIRMED FOR 2018 BRIT AWARDS 13

We are so pleased to announce the 2017 winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough awards Rag’n’Bone Man will be performing live at this year’s award ceremony on 21 February. He will join an already exceptional line-up which so far includes Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Stormzy.

In the last year, Rag’n’Bone Man has broken the record for fastest-selling UK male debut of the decade with his 3x Platinum No. 1 album  ‘Human’ which has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Rag’n’Bone Man said: “Jheez! 2017 has flown by super quick. Its pretty mental to think that I bagged two awards at The BRITs last year and now I’m heading back to perform. I’m looking forward to being a part of the celebration with everyone. It’s going to be a good one for sure!”

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Rory epitomises how dreams can come true. He has had the most amazing 12 months and I’m so delighted to see him back where it all started.”

The 38th BRIT Awards will be hosted by Jack Whitehall at The O2, London and broadcast live on ITV. We can’t wait for Rag’n’Bone Man to bring his talent to the stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and includes live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.

FOO FIGHTERS CONFIRMED FOR BRIT AWARDS 2018 25

We are so delighted to announce that four-time BRIT winners and one of the world’s most successful bands Foo Fighters will perform on The BRITs stage for the first time on 21 February.

The international superstars will deliver one of their legendary live performances alongside performances from Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Stormzy and Dua Lipa.

Foo Fighters have sold more than 25 million records and sold out countless world tours. The band’s acclaimed ninth studio album ‘Concrete and Gold’ was their fourth to hit No.1 in the UK charts on release in September, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries.

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “Anyone who was lucky enough to witness one of their shows on the recent sold out UK tour, or their set at Glastonbury – which was undoubtedly one of the best performances the festival has ever seen and a night that will be talked about forever – will know why Foo Fighters are the biggest and most exciting rock band in the world. Quite remarkably they have never performed at The BRITs, so I am over the moon to confirm a massive BRITs exclusive to have them grace our stage.”

With four BRIT Awards under their belt winning International Album in 2008 and International Group in 2008, 2012 and 2015 we can’t wait for Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee to bring the incredible Foo Fighters energy to The BRITs stage.

The nominations for the 2018 BRIT Awards will be revealed at ‘The BRITs Are Coming’ on Saturday 13 January. The show broadcast live on ITV will be hosted by Emma Willis and include live performances from Clean Bandit, J Hus, Jorja Smith, Liam Payne and Paloma Faith.