1 Mar

Odds on favourite

Surrey Occasions speaks to Olly Murs about his new number one album and why he’s looking forward to performing at Sandown Park Racecourse this summer …

Q: Your new album ‘24 Hrs’ is your 4th consecutive number 1 album that must be a great feeling?

olly: Amazing. I’m very proud of that. You know to have four consecutive number 1 albums is brilliant. I never expected in my wildest dreams that I would’ve got this far so, absolutely delighted that we’ve managed to get four consecutive, like you say, number 1 albums it’s really really amazing so thank you.

Q: What do you reckon has been the appeal of your music and yourself to make you the most successful male artist to ever come from the X Factor?

olly: I’d like to think that I’ve done some great songs and I think people love what I do… I just don’t give anything, I mean this album’s probably the most heartbreaking, most honest album that I’ve done. But I think with previous albums you know I have a lot of fun, my album’s are happy and people enjoy listening to them and with this album in particular it’s still happy, still got lots of that vibe on it. Its just luck you know that people like me and people have bought my albums and I’m very lucky that they do because it doesn’t always happen like that so I’m very very grateful.

Q: You’re undertaking a massive headline arena tour in March, and obviously in the summer you’ve got a huge run of outdoor shows that will see you come to Sandown Park on the 10 August, how do they vary in terms of what you put into them and what you get out of it, from the indoors to the outdoor?

olly: I think it’s fun, it’s really fun being outside and you know the show that we’re doing at Sandown Park is a different gig for me, I’ve never done anything like this before. I’ve done racecourse gigs before in the past but not this sort of size and I’m really proud to do it and it gives me the chance to go to different places in the UK that I haven’t been before, do something slightly different. I can’t wait
I mean, what’s better? Go to a racecourse, I can go there during the day, I can have a little flutter on a couple of the races and then do
a gig in the evening. Perfect.

Q: How do you go about choosing your set list?

olly: It’s gonna be difficult with five albums but you’ve just gotta play the hits and the songs that people know; that’s what I’ll do with the set, make it as entertaining as possible. I’ll throw in a few covers there as well, have a bit of a laugh with the fans and it’ll be a really fun day out and I promise any fan that comes along, it’ll be a right laugh from the start of the day to the end of it and I promise to make sure everyone goes home happy having had a good time.

Q: It must be great being able to get out and play to your fans, essentially in their areas without them having to travel a few hours into a major city?

olly: These are shows you get to see the real people; they are days out, family days at racecourses it’s slightly different you know. Over the years I’ve done loads of different festivals, all these commercial festivals that people go to every year, I just feel like going to a racecourse is so different and people get to see a different vibe, different set, different sound and you get to see different people. You know, there’s some of these people that come to the racecourse who are people that maybe have never been to a music festival before so, it’s nice that, I just thought its refreshing for me to do a gig like this. I’m really looking forward to having a day out with my mates at Sandown Park racecourse as well as everyone else and then at the end of it, get up and sing an hour, an hour and a half, two hour show, whatever it is and just have some fun and have a great night.

Q: You attended a Jockey Club Live show last summer with your friends; did you have a good time? Was that one
of the things that helped sway you to play The Jockey Club Live events?

olly: I went last year for my mate’s birthday, it was such a good day out and a couple of my mates have been to a few gigs there before and loved it. It’s a good day out and all my mates are gonna come along and, we’re gonna make a proper day of it.  Hopefully it’s a lovely day weather-wise, hopefully it’s not too wet and people at the racecourse really enjoy it.

Q: Would this be the first gig there since you headlined Guilfest back in 2012?

olly: I think so yeah you’re probably about right! That’s the great thing about doing these racecourse events. It’s about going to different parts of the country, different areas that other artists might not have been to for a while or for someone like me, I haven’t been to the area in a long time so it really gives the people of these areas that go to these racecourses, Newmarket, Sandown, York, Newbury and a chance to come and see me because they might not come to the arena tours so, it’s good to come and bring the show to them.