Olly Murs “can’t wait” to kick off the Bedford Park Concert series on 29 July.
Speaking to the Bedford Independent, the six-time Brit awards nominee and X-Factor 2009 runner-up was excited for the gig, which will be his third show of 11 tour dates.
“It’s gonna be awesome. I think it’s the first time I’ve been to Bedford for a show as well, so I’m ticking loads of boxes there.”
Olly promised a “really fun, energetic, feel-good show”, which is what he thinks “people are going to need” after the past year. “Bring your fitbit,” he later said jokingly.
“I think, you know, with everything that’s been going on with the world, it’ll be great to see everyone, sort of smiling and dancing at my gig in Bedford and I can’t wait to come and perform.”
“I’ve scrapped all the ballads, all the love songs are gone,” he added.
The singer-songwriter has six albums to his name already, including four-time platinum ‘Right Place Right Time’.
He confirmed that he had been creating new material during the pandemic.
“Yeah, I’ve been writing songs during lockdown, I’ve been writing little bits and bobs and [I’m] really excited about the new stuff that I’m doing.”
But fans will have to wait a little while longer to hear the new tracks as he said due to the “unpredictability of everything”, he plans to release them in 2022.
New TV show
In April, ITV confirmed Olly Murs’ involvement as the presenter of new talent show, ‘Starstruck’.
The programme will revive the concept of ‘Stars in Their Eyes’, where members of the public look to impersonate famous music singers.
“I absolutely loved recording it,” said Olly, who wasn’t able to confirm when Starstruck will be on TV screens, but described it as “fantastic”.
“We’ve got a judging panel of Sheridan Smith, Beverley Knight, Adam Lambert and Jason Manford.
“We’ve got, you know, amazing, amazing singers coming on and performing on the show, it’s gonna be great. I’m really excited about it.”
Asked which famous musicians he likes to imitate, Frank Sinatra and fellow The Voice UK judge Sir Tom Jones (who has previously played Bedford Park) were his first choices, before a surprising third mention:
“I’m always trying it, Cher, I’m really good at Cher, actually, [sings] ‘strong enough, I’m strong enough to live without you!’”
The pop rock band Scouting for Girls will be Olly’s supporting act at Bedford Park Concert’s opening night on 29 July.
They have been nominated for four Brit awards during their career and Olly expressed his admiration for them:
“I’ve been a big fan of their music for so many years. They’re great guys and they, again, they bring a lot of energy. I think it’s a great compliment, for us both to do a gig together.”
Describing Scouting for Girls as “great guys”, Olly revealed that he covered a lot of their songs when in a band before shooting to stardom via the X-Factor.
He singled out the band’s hit track “She’s So Lovely” and again, briefly treated us to his mellifluous vocal tones down the phone.
Soccer Aid, the annual charity football event which raises money in aid of UNICEF UK, has been a regular part of Olly Murs’ life every September for over a decade now.
The match is played between ex-internationals and celebrities representing England and a Rest of The World side.
Olly has been England captain for the last two years and said he thinks he still is the captain for this September.
“I’ve loved being the captain and I never take it for granted, if they wanted to give it to someone else, amazing.”
“I just love doing Soccer Aid, the opportunity to raise money for people and all these families and children around the world. I just love doing- I love being a part of it.
“So, yeah, hopefully fingers crossed, I’m the captain again and hopefully maybe this year we win it.”
England have lost the last contest – and the one before – to the familiar foe of a penalty shootout defeat, which Olly admitted was ‘so frustrating’.
Tickets remain available for all four nights of the Bedford Park Concerts on 29 July-1 August, which will be their 25th Proms event, making it one of the longest-running outdoor Proms in Britain.
The house music collective Café Mambo Ibiza follow on from Olly Murs and Scouting for Girls on Friday 30 July.
Rock bands Ocean Colour Scene and Dodgy are part of the set on Saturday.
Finally, the festivities are rounded off with the traditional classical music night, this year featuring tenor Wynne Evans and soprano Victoria Joyce, supported by the London Gala Orchestra, led by conductor Stephen Bell.
To purchase tickets, visit the Bedford Park Concerts website.