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Review: Essex’s own Olly Murs makes 17,000 fans’ hearts skip a beat at concert in Colchester

PUBLISHED: 00:22 11 June 2017 | UPDATED: 09:00 11 June 2017

Olly Murs concert in Colchester on Saturday night
. Picture: SEANA HUGHES.

Olly Murs concert in Colchester on Saturday night . Picture: SEANA HUGHES.

Olly Murs and I have something in common - being a born and bred Colchester girl, I truly share his sentiment of being Essex and proud!

Olly Murs concert in Colchester on Saturday night
. Picture: SEANA HUGHES.Olly Murs concert in Colchester on Saturday night . Picture: SEANA HUGHES.

When the Witham born X Factor runner-up burst onto the stage at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium on Saturday night his pride was all over his face as he exclaimed “it feels good to be home”.

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As he remarked himself, the gig - part of his summer tour - was a far cry from local performances in Bar 68 in Witham back in the day, or even Colchester’s Charter Hall when he came to the town with X Factor judge and music mogul Simon Cowell ahead of the final in 2009.

A 17,000 strong crowd welcomed him with open arms and in fine voice, made up of adults and children alike who were full of joy to see the cheeky singer take to the stage.

He made his way through his now modest repertoire of old and new songs, including his latest single, Unpredictable, with X Factor winner and fellow Essex singer Louisa Johnson - who was also his support act on the night, and a class one at that.

There was plenty to sing-a-long to: Heart Skips A Beat, Dance With Me Tonight, Years and Years and Troublemaker to name just a few.

There was also a touching mention of the victims of the recent Manchester and London terror attacks where he commended parents for still choosing to go to his gig before singing Dear Darlin’.

Olly is a true entertainer, his cheeky demeanour so endearing, but in keeping with his fans of all ages. It’s clear he’s been inspired by the likes of Robbie Williams, but he also has his own style. He held his own with an accomplished seven-piece band and four excellent backing singers to put on a slick show.

He has gone from working in a call centre, rising to fame on X Factor and is now an accomplished performer with four number one albums behind him, who if I’m honest put on a much better show than I was expecting having not seen him live before.

He said he’s never forgotten his roots or where’s he’s come from and that genuinely shone through during the performance. He declared throughout he loves Essex and Olly, we love you!

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