REVIEW: Olly Murs, Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

Olly Murs performs on stage at the LG Arena, Birmingham as part of his UK arena tour. Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Olly Murs performs on stage at the LG Arena, Birmingham as part of his UK arena tour. Photo credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
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I WON’T beat about the bush – despite being in my mid-20s, I was looking forward to Olly Murs’ concert just as much as any teenage girl there.

Ever since the cheeky Essex chap appeared on X Factor, his quirky dance moves and pop songs have gained him an impressive-sized fan base.

The arena was packed to capacity for the Troublemaker singer’s return to the venue.

Women of every age were there, donning trilbys and braces to show their support for the Xtra Factor presenter.

Olly burst on to the set – which was reminiscent of that for a big band concert – and opened with Army of Two.

He then thrilled the screaming crowd by asking who wanted to dance, and moved on to hit single Dance With Me Tonight.

There were no standing tickets available for the family-friendly concert, but no one was sitting down.

Despite being a favourite with the younger audience, Mr Murs gave the women what they want with a few innuendoes, bum wiggling and suggestive dance moves.

The set included a few unexpected items, such as when Olly picked up his guitar to strum a tune, and sat down to play the piano for what he said was his favourite track on the album, the ballad One of These Days.

Lots of interaction also kept the crowds happy as he took the time to talk to them, and seemed genuinely grateful when he thanked everyone for their support.

Rolling towards the end of the 90-minute performance, things didn’t slow down as the popstar sang Heart Skips a Beat before making his exit.

He came back to finish off with a rousing rendition of Troublemaker.

Monica Turnbull