Olly Murs aims to put a smile back on the nation’s face with a 25-date tour of outdoor venues in 2021.
He’ll be performing all his biggest hits, including tracks from his recently certified triple platinum album Never Been Better.
It’s still been a busy year for Olly, who recently captained England in this year’s Soccer Aid, and is looking to retain his crown as winning judge on his third series of The Voice, which has currently been postponed at the semi-final stages.
In lockdown, he also managed an impressive body transformation, working closely with personal trainer Rob Solly, and sharing his fitness routine exclusively with Men’s Health. He is also working on new music to be shared next year.
Olly Murs (photo: Mark Hayman)
As the tour was announced, Olly spoke about the difficulties of 2020 – and his hopes for 2021.
Lockdown has left a huge hole in people’s lives with the lack of live music. How excited are you to get back on the road again and play to fans?
I’m so excited to get back on the road. It’s been a tough year for everyone, so it’s nice to have something to look forward to for next summer. I’m very aware that not only am I looking forward to it as playing live is the best part of my job, but also for all the people I employ to put on the shows – from my band, crew – sound, lighting, producers, riggers – so many people that rely on live music to make a living. To go around the UK playing at loads of amazing outdoor venues is going to be pretty special.
What’ve you missed the most about performing live?
I’ve missed seeing my fans and having that connection with them when I’m on stage. There’s nothing better than being on the road and actually being able to see your fans singing and dancing to your music.I feed off people’s energy, so going back on the road all around the country, to places I don’t often get to go will be amazing. Also playing live with my band, and having them all on stage with me bringing my music to life is the best feeling.
If you had to pick, what would be your favourite tour memory?
It’s so hard to pick as I’ve been lucky enough to have so many amazing memories on tour – but playing at Wembley Stadium with Robbie Williams really stands out for me. I was supporting him on his European tour in 2013, and to have 60,000 people singing back to me and waving their hands in the air to my music was pretty special and I was overwhelmed with the reaction.
You always put on a great live show. In three words, what can fans expect from your show this time round?
Fun, upbeat and cheeky.
Tell us a bit about what it was like to captain England in this year’s Soccer Aid.
It was an honour to captain this year’s England team for Soccer Aid, as we raised a record amount of money (over £9 million) in the midst of a global pandemic. I played shocking to be fair, probably my worst personal performance, but it will still be one of my most memorable Soccer Aids because of the circumstances in which we still managed to put it on.
You underwent an impressive body transformation during lockdown with personal trainer Rob Solly – what was your favourite bit from the experience?
To see the results of your hard work is obviously the rewarding part, but for me it was more important in how it made me feel. At the start of lockdown, while still recovering from knee surgery, I was eating anything and everything out of boredom – but that made me feel less productive and more sluggish, so having Soccer Aid as a focus to get me fit again was a real drive.
We’re eagerly awaiting new music from you – can we expect it soon?
Yes, it’s been a while since I released my own music – so that’s the plan for next year.I’m starting to work on writing now and figure out what the next sound is for me, so watch this space!
Olly’s tour dates are as follows:
Sat 5th, Swansea, Depot In The Park, Singleton Park
Mon 7th, Belfast, Live At Botanic Gardens
Tues 8th, Cork, Live At The Marquee
Thu 10th, London, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Fri 11th, London, Royal Hospital Chelsea
Sat 26th, Telford, QEII Arena
Fri 2nd, Cornwall, Live In The Wyldes
Sat 3rd, Kent, The Hop Farm
Thu 8th, Exeter, Powderham Castle
Sat 10th, Scarborough, Scarborough Open Air Theatre
Sun 11th, Leeds, Harewood House
Tue 13th, New Milton, Chewton Glen
Wed 14th, Norwich, Blickling Estate
Thu 15th, Bath, Bath Royal Crescent
Sat 17th, Haydock, Haydock Park Racecourse
Tue 20th, Warwick, Warwick Castle
Wed 21st, Cardiff, Cardiff Castle
Fri 23rd, Carlisle, Bitts Park
Sun 25th, Edinburgh, Edinburgh Castle
Thu 29th, Bedford, Bedford Park
Fri 30th, Newmarket, Newmarket Racecourse
Fri 13th, Colwyn Bay, Stadiwm Zip World
Sat 14th, Newbury, Newbury Racecourse
Sat 28th, Darlington, The Darlington Arena
Sun 29th, Colchester, Colchester Castle Park
Tickets go on sale on Friday October 9. Visit www.ollymurs.com to book.