On 18th April 2015 I was lucky enough to attend one of the most anticipated events to happen in the North East this year, the return of Olly Murs on his Never Been Better UK tour. After hearing so many excellent comments from people who had attended the concert elsewhere, I had high expectations for the night ahead and Olly certainly didn’t disappoint!
(Before you continue reading this post I want to point out that I’m not a professional photographer and all of the photos featured in this post were taken on my iPhone camera so I’m apologising in advance for the low quality of them.)
As the crowd poured into Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, they were welcomed and warmed up by British solo singer, Ella Eyre, who did an amazing job at getting the audience ready for Olly. She sang some of her previous singles, followed by some of her slower songs before ending her forty five minute set with her recent hit, that she features on alongside DJ Fresh, ‘Gravity’ and her brand new single, which is released next month, ‘Together’. Ella is probably one of the best support acts I have ever seen and certainly had everyone hyped for Olly’s arrival.
The lights went down and music began, with the whole crowd on their feet, Olly jumped up onto the stage and began the concert with ‘Did You Miss Me’, from his new album, very fitting since the last time he played the arena was in 2013 at his previous ‘Right Place Right Time’ tour. Judging by their reactions, the crowd certainly had missed Olly and gave him a very warm welcome back to the North East.
Olly continued the night singing some of his old classics as well as some newer favourites from his most recent album, Never Been Better. Throughout the night Olly was his usual sweaty self, who’s cheeky charm kept the crowd smiling all night. Everyone, including Olly, got a little bit emotional when Olly dedicated his well-known single ‘Dear Darlin’ to everyone’s loved ones who have passed away.
Later into the night, Olly was joined on stage by support act Ella Eyre who replaced Demi Lovato in ‘Up’, wowing the audience of eleven thousand with the duet.
Finishing the night with his first single from his fourth studio album, Wrapped Up, Olly ensured the crowd he’d be back soon with yet another tour and more music, promising the music would never stop, even with his newest role as presenter of the X Factor. It is definitely safe to say the sold out crowd got what they came for.
I hope you enjoyed reading this little review of Olly’s concert, hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to do more blog posts like this in the future as I really enjoyed writing this one.