If the opening night of the latest Olly Murs tour is anything to go by it will certainly live up to its ‘Never Been Better’ billing.
Kicking off his 30 date European tour in the steel city last night, the showman gave a polished performance despite admitting to nerves and fearing that he may be a ‘little bit rusty’.
But he had the crowd on their feet before he even hit the stage, with screams reaching fever-pitch as he made his much-anticipated entrance with the track ‘Did You Miss Me’, to which his fans raised the roof replying ‘YES!!!’
Hits including Right Place, Right Time; Dear Darling, Troublemaker and Heart Skips a Beat followed, mixed in with some trademark Olly Murs dance moves, cheeky hip thrusting and laughs.
Pyrotechnic flames during Never Been Better gave the X-Factor runner-up’s show the wow-factor but Olly dancing above the crowd on a bridge linking to a satellite stage in the centre of the Arena had his army of fans reaching for their mobiles to capture their idol just feet away.
A medley of Play That Funky Music, Chic-Le Freak and Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk turned up the tempo and turned the Arena into a club with euphoric dancing fans filling the floor.
Support act Ella Eyre, who celebrates her 21st birthday today, warmed the crowd up with an eight-song set including her hit Gravity, but the applause for her was deafening when she joined Olly on stage for a duet of his hit ‘Up’.
Thanking his fans for their support, Olly , who has released four albums, described them as ‘the best’ and declared the Sheffield crowd ‘amazing’.
He said ‘blood, sweat and tears’ went into choosing his set and with Hope You Got What You Came For one of the tracks he performed, the standing ovation at the end would suggest they did.
Olly returns to Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena tonight.