Olly Murs was always going to attract a big crowd and the masses certainly turned out for the X Factor showman at the 1st Central County Ground.

Even the balconies of flats surrounding the cricket ground were filled as residents watched from their homes. Starting the show with You Don’t Know Love, lead single from his latest album 24 Hrs, Murs warmed up the crowd for a concert that got racy.

The crowd’s energy increased with big number Wrapped Up and Olly’s cheeky swagger, including a lot of hip-thrusting and gyrating, which was a constant presence throughout the night to delight of the women and some males in the audience.

Knowing his audience, a mix of the Murs Army and parents, he won over everyone with mashups of classics like Steve Wonder’s Superstition and Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got to Do With It. One of the few big British solo artists, his showmanship was second to none and he commanded the audience with slick moves and flirtatious personality, the very thing that propelled him through X Factor and onto stardom.

Unpredictable saw support act and 2015 X Factor winner Louisa Johnson reappear on stage for a duet of their single before massive hit Heart Skips A Beat got the party going again.

The energy stayed up with a ten minute medley of six up-tempo party classics from the past including Montell Jordan’s This is How We Do It and R Kelly’s She’s Got That Vibe. It was during the show’s covers we were reminded Olly’s vocal not only lends itself to pop songs but also RnB and soul. 

He finished on a high with big hits Trouble Maker and Dance With Me Tonight. The evening was brilliant and I have absolutely no hesitation in calling myself a new fully signed up Olly Murs fan.