Olly Murs proves he's a first-class entertainer at the Marquee

Olly Murs on stage at Live at the Marquee last night. Picture: Miki Barlok

A pure entertainer from head to toe, there’s a reason why Olly Murs has packed the Marquee every time he comes to Cork. He’s all fun, no additives; just 100% pure fun.

A few years back, I waited outside in the car while my teenage daughter attended the show with mates. It sounded good, and the audience hysteria was palpable.

Young people exiting the big top that night were on a high; sober but soaring. Some were close to fainting, like they’d just witnessed the second coming of Elvis. Ah youth, says I to myself. Well, if I didn’t get it that night, I completely got it last night.

Dale O’Mahony from Blackpool, Luke Hurley from Commons Road, and Ben O’Mahony from Blackpool don hats like their idol at the Olly Murs concert at the Marquee last night. Picture: Miki Barlok
Dale O’Mahony from Blackpool, Luke Hurley from Commons Road, and Ben O’Mahony from Blackpool don hats like their idol at the Olly Murs concert at the Marquee last night. Picture: Miki Barlok

I’m so glad that this time around I was with those inside the tent passing out, rather than with those outside the tent belatedly passing in afterwards.

He’s got charm: “I was not doing any gigs this year, then I got a call from my agent asking ‘will you do Cork Marquee? You’ve done it twice already’. I said ‘I’m definitely coming back to Cork.’ It’s a real pleasure to be here. Thank you Ireland.”

Okay, so his songs are a bit fly-away, his moves are a bit bargain-bin James Brown, and his vocals are as thin as a streaky rasher, but there’s no denying his ability to entertain. When God created the phrase ‘better than the sum of its parts’, he was clenching a fistful of Olly Murs DNA.

He really works the audience with bouncing, clapping and plenty singalongs. And the cheeky Cockney has added a crotch-tugging adult element to the show.

Louise O’Mara and Donna Madigan from Limerick at the Olly Murs concert. Picture: Miki Barlok
Louise O’Mara and Donna Madigan from Limerick at the Olly Murs concert. Picture: Miki Barlok

He even kept us appraised of which body parts were sweatiest. And the injection of Paracetamol in “my arse”. Big cheers. Well, each to his own I suppose. And he’d definitely need something to dance as much as he does. It has been a rapid rise, from finishing as X Factor runner-up to Joe McElderry. His hits from 2011 and 2012 such as ‘Troublemaker’, ‘Right Time Right Place’, ‘Dance With Me Tonight’, ‘Dear Darlin’, ‘Heart Skips A Beat’, and the more recent hits like ‘Seasons’, ‘Kiss Me’, ‘Up’ and ‘Wrapped Up’.

Then there’s the homages to Stevie Wonder and the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. A bit of something for everyone. Like top quality panto.


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