Olly Murs, Loveable Rogues – SECC, 16/03
Concerts based on acts who have made their name through reality TV programmes are not very cool. I, however, am also not very cool, so it was with much excitement that I made my way to the SECC. The first support act, a wee girl call Tich, has a great voice and performs a cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’, but the downside to a concert in which most of the audience a) are under 16, and b) have forked out a fair bit, is that support acts rarely get a rousing reception; everyone’s waiting for the main act.
The second support act, the Loveable Rogues, are more familiar to the audience, having reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012. They have a great stage presence and come across as three guys who are loving life. If it weren’t for their association with the Simon Cowell music factory, they would probably have a fairly strong hipster fan base; they mix rap and harmonies with fun instruments like a ukulele and their upcoming single ‘What a Night’ has the potential to become one of the most annoyingly catchy songs of the summer.
Olly Murs enters to a deafening scream and his set is visually exciting; his band are positioned amongst a stage of stairs which Murs uses to demonstrate his Jackson-esque dance skills on. Singles like ‘Dance With Me Tonight’ are complemented by trumpet players, which serve to give the gig a ska feel; that is, until you see the woman with the ‘Mrs Olly Murs’ t-shirt on. There is, admittedly, a lot for the older fans; Murs is a fan of gyrating, and a cover of ‘A Town Called Malice’ goes down well. As is the custom in bigger concerts, Murs walks into the concert via a suspended walkway, delivering a few songs on a smaller stage in the middle of the audience.
Murs gave his fans a solid performance worthy of the audience’s money. Finishing with his two most recent singles, with a Scottish flag draped around his shoulders, it’s clear he knows what his fans want.