LIVE REVIEW: Oly Murs – Brisbane Convention Centre
Olly Murs has become a worldwide superstar after placing runner up on the 2009 series of The X Factor UK. For the last year Olly has been touring the globe with his ‘Right Place, Right Time Tour’ and this month he brought it down under to show Australia how to really party. The Brisbane Convention And Exhibition Centre was packed with a mainly younger crowd in attendance to see the ‘troublemaker’ in action.
Bonnie Anderson captured the nation’s hearts in 2007 when she became the first winner of Australia’s Got Talent. Six years later Bonnie has come back stronger than ever and blowing minds all over again with her impressive live performances. She kicked of her 30 minute set with an original track titled ‘Royalty’ which is an incredibly catchy track just waiting to become a radio hit. She graced the crowd with a set full of originals as well as a cover of Alicia Keys hit ‘Empire State Of Mind’. Her audience interaction is commendable and her vocals are nothing less than incredible. Closing her set with new single ‘Raise The Bar’ which is available now ITunes and has just entered the Aria Charts this week.
With the lights dimming on the arena it was time for the Olly Murs to take to the stage, opening with ‘Army Of Two’ the singer had the whole crowd on their feet swaying to the infectious track. His vocals are constantly on point and he effortlessly hits some high notes proving to everyone he can actually sing. Olly is also an excellent performer, constantly interacting with the crowd whether it’s talking to them, encouraging a sing a long or teaching them some ‘daggy’ dance moves. During his performance of ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ he gave Miley a run for her money showing off his twerking skills while changing the lyrics to ‘Twerk With Me Tonight’. He also performed a cheeky rendition of ‘Hand On Heart’ during soundcheck titled ‘Hand On Arse’ which you could see Olly struggling not to laugh. His humour is very cheeky but it’s engaging and shows the crowd a different side to the performer and extends the bond the crowd feel towards him. Halfway through the show he paid homage to his X Factor days performing his audition song ‘Superstition’ as well as his first single after he left X Factor ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’. His show might not be the most creative or full of gadgets and theatrics but it focuses on what matters most; the music, the talent, the band, the personality and some great strobe lighting. Highlights were ‘Dear Darlin’, ‘Oh My Goodness’, ‘Right Place Right Time’, ‘Heart Skips A Beat’ and the smash hit single ‘Troublemaker’.
Olly Murs reminds me of a young Robbie Williams, he’s a born performer. Just give him a stage and a band and he will entertain you for two hours. He doesn’t need the bells and whistles to keep the crowd entertained unlike some performers he has that charisma that will have your eyes locked on him the entire time.
Olly Murs – ‘Right Place Right Time Deluxe Edition’ featuring Live at the 02 Arena DVD comes out on Friday 22 November