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I take my trilby off to you Mr Murs... a great gig all round

By Herald Express  |  Posted: July 11, 2013

  • 20,000 strong: The fans salute their hero Olly Murs at the Powderham Castle gig on Sunday evening

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OLLY MURS

★★★★★

Powderham Castle, Kenton

WITHAM wonder Olly Murs wowed the 20,000 strong crowd at Powderham Castle, Kenton, on Sunday. The summer heat was turned up a notch when the Essex cheeky chap, fresh from performing as the support act on the Robbie Williams stadium tour, whipped the crowd into a frenzy from his opening number, Army of Two.

There's no doubt about it, Olly is one of the hardest working singers in pop and in four years has managed to carve out a career most acts can only dream of.

He's clearly passionate about performing and has the whole package... he's a heartthrob with strong vocals and charisma to match.

He's come a long way since I first saw him perform his debut single Please Don't Let Me Go to a few hundred people in an Essex club in 2010.

Now he's playing to tens of thousands of people every night and he has never looked more comfortable on stage.

Backed by two backing singers, who are bursting with energy, and a live and lively brass section, his 90-minute set was vibrant and fun.

His fans sung along to every song and cheered at Olly's quirky hip shimmies throughout the sold out gig.

Crowd pleasers included his latest single, Dear Darling, album title track Right Place Right Time, Heart Skips A Beat and the pop anthem Troublemaker.

His covers of I Love You Baby and Boogie Wonderland were also big highlights of the night. With some pop stars, fame goes to their head, but Olly seems the same as ever.

He even joked that his mum was in the audience so he couldn't take off his sweaty top. He chatted with the audience as if he was chatting to his mates.

But 10 minutes later, the scorching weather got to him, and he had no option but to take off his top anyway and put on a waist coat... cue deafening screams.

I take my trilby off to you Mr Murs, a great gig all round.

Olly was supported by Joywride, Charlie Brown, Diana Vickers and Lawson.

DAWN ELLIS

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