Olly Murs promises Bedford an “energetic show and well-being”
Olly Murs “can’t wait” to launch the Bedford Park concert series on July 29th.
Speaking to Independent from Bedford, the six-time Brit Award nominee and 2009 X-Factor finalist was excited about the concert, which will be his third show of 11 tour dates.
“It’s going to be awesome. I think it’s also my first time going to Bedford for a show, so I tick a lot of boxes there.
Olly promised a “really fun, energetic, feel-good show,” which he thinks “people are going to need” after the year has passed. “Bring your fitbit,” he later joked.
“I think, you know, with everything going on in the world, it’s going to be great to see everyone kind of smile and dance at my concert in Bedford and I can’t wait to come and play.”
“I gave up all the ballads, all the love songs are gone,” he added.
The singer-songwriter already has six albums to his credit, including ‘Right Place Right Time’, quadruple platinum.
He confirmed that he created new material during the pandemic.
“Yeah, I wrote songs during the lockdown, I wrote little songs and bobs and [I’m] really excited about the new things I’m doing.
But fans will have to wait a bit longer to hear the new tracks as he said due to the “unpredictability of everything” he plans to release in 2022.
New TV show
In April, ITV confirmed Olly Murs’ involvement as the host of the new talent show, ‘Starstruck’.
The program will rekindle the concept of “Stars in Their Eyes”, where members of the public seek to impersonate famous musical singers.
“I absolutely loved recording it,” said Olly, who couldn’t confirm when Starstruck will be on TV screens but described it as “fantastic”.
“We have a jury made up of Sheridan Smith, Beverley Knight, Adam Lambert and Jason Manford.
“We have, you know, amazing, amazing singers coming in and performing in the show, it’s going to be awesome. I am really excited about this.
When asked which famous musicians he likes to emulate, Frank Sinatra and fellow The Voice UK judge Sir Tom Jones (who once performed at Bedford Park) were his top picks, before a surprising third mention:
“I always try it, Cher, I’m really good at Cher, actually, [sings] “Strong enough, I’m strong enough to live without you!” “
Pop rock group Scouting for Girls will open for Olly on the opening night of the Bedford Park Concert on July 29.
They have been nominated for four Brit Awards during their careers and Olly has expressed her admiration for them:
“I have been a huge fan of their music for so many years. They are awesome guys and they, again, bring a lot of energy. I think it’s a big compliment, for both of us to do a gig together.
Describing Scouting for Girls as “great guys,” Olly revealed that he covered a lot of their songs while in a band before becoming a celebrity via the X-Factor.
He chose the band’s hit song “She’s So Lovely” and once again briefly offered us his melodious vocal tones over the phone.
Soccer Aid, the annual fundraising charity football event for UNICEF UK, has been an integral part of Olly Murs’ life every September for over a decade now.
The match is played between former internationals and celebrities representing England and a team from the rest of the world.
Olly has been England captain for two years and has said he believes he is still the captain for this September.
“I loved being the captain and I never take it for granted, if they wanted to give it to someone else, amazing.”
“I love doing Soccer Aid, the opportunity to raise funds for people and all of these families and children around the world. I love to do, I love to be a part of it.
“So, yeah, I hope to keep my fingers crossed I’m the captain again and I hope maybe this year we win it.”
England lost the last game – and the last – to the familiar foe of a penalty shoot-out, which Olly admitted to be “so frustrating”.
Tickets remain available for all four nights of the Bedford Park concerts from July 29 to August 1, which will be their 25th Proms event, making it one of Britain’s oldest open-air Proms.
The house music collective Café Mambo Ibiza takes over from Olly Murs and Scouting for Girls on Friday July 30.
Rock bands Ocean Color Scene and Dodgy are in the game on Saturday.
Finally, the festivities end with the traditional evening of classical music, this year with tenor Wynne Evans and soprano Victoria Joyce, supported by the London Gala Orchestra, conducted by conductor Stephen Bell.
To purchase tickets, visit the Bedford Park concerts website.