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.