It’s no secret that we weren’t the biggest fans of Olly Murs’ latest album, ‘Never Been Better’. Quite frankly, we thought it was generic and more of the same.
Consequently, we were curious as to what the ‘Never Been Better’ tour would be like. Would it be as mediocre as the album?
Thankfully, the opposite was true at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Saturday night. Hand on our heart, there was absolutely nothing mediocre about Olly Murs as a live performer; he is an unabashed showman, with the charisma and the talent to boot.
The show was paced perfectly, keeping in mind that, despite being on his fourth album, his wider discography is relatively unknown in Australia.
He kept proceedings to a solid 90 minutes that had the crowd dancing in their seats.
There is definitely no room for sitting at an Olly Murs concert, even during ballads like ‘Dear Darlin’.
The same can’t be said for his opening act Anja Nissen, who despite pitch perfect vocals could not command the audience. Whilst it’s hard for any opening act to get a standing ovation, we would have thought that ‘The Voice’ winner would have some die hard fans in the audience during a capital city show, but sadly not. Still, that voice really is to die for.
We loved her new track ‘Where I Am’, which reminded us of the ace Amy Pearson, but her single ‘Triumph’ was quite lacklustre live.
As Olly himself pointed out later in the show, there really is a crucial difference between ‘The Voice’ and ‘The X Factor’, the latter of which he was a finalist in the UK edition in 2009.
Unlike Anja, and other ‘Voice’ contestants, Olly really is the total package. He’s a great live singer, can interact comfortably with the crowd and even show off some surprise dance moves. Yes, it turns out that Olly can dance like 1980s Bobby Brown fused with the Wiggles with the odd twerk and bum wiggle mixed in.
In regards to his songs, we understand now why they are relatively simple. It didn’t matter if you were a die hard fan, or a supportive partner or parent, they are predictable enough that anyone can sing along pretty quickly. Subsequently, the vibe in the room was electric.
Each song, regardless of whether it was a smash like ‘Troublemaker’ or the less successful (domestically speaking) ‘Dance With Me Tonight’, became an event.
There was so much attention to detail throughout the night, from the lighting to the band; everything about the show was first class.
Time will tell if Olly’s Australian sales will justify a move to local arenas but, based on the crowd reaction, we reckon he could pull it off with ease.
Fun fact : Did you know that during his ‘X Factor’ season, he once placed in the bottom two with Jedward and, had the decision gone to deadlock, would’ve been eliminated before them? In fact, it was our own Dannii Minogue that kept him in the competition!
Olly plays Sydney’s Enmore Theatre tomorrow night.