Having just kicked off his Spring 2017 UK Tour in Glasgow including 23 shows across the country which were met with overwhelming demand, Olly Murs is confirming his reputation as one of Britain’s very best live performers. The British superstar is set to dazzle UAE fans on his Abu Dhabi debut performance at the du Forum, Yas Island on Friday 28 April 2017.
Ahead of his show, we’ve put together a list of 15 facts about the young sensation like his love for high quality sushi or his appearance on gameshow Deal Or No Deal, winning only £10.
Here’s some further insight into the Essex-born showman’s bio and rise to fame:
1. Olly Murs was born on May 14th 1984. He shares his birthday with other world stars like Martin Garrix, Cate Blanchett, Prince Harry and Mark Zuckerberg
2. Olly Murs’ zodiac sign is Taurus like Adele, Sam Smith or Enrique Iglesias
3. Olly has stated that two of his role models are Michael Jackson and Robbie Williams. Olly had the chance of performing a duet with Robbie Williams ‘Angels’ on the UK X- Factor final in 2009 and he’s now a close friend of his
4. Olly auditioned for The UK X-Factor in 2009 with Stevie Wonder’s ‘Superstition’ and was mentored by Simon Cowell, eventually finishing in second place. Shortly after he signed his first record deal and released debut album “Olly Murs” in November 2010.
5. Before his audition, Olly worked in a call centre
6. Olly became instantly successful, with his debut single “Please Don’t Let Me Go” released in August 2010 going straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart. He next got to number one in 2011, when he released Rizzle Kicks collaboration “Heart Skips A Beat”
7. His second album “In Case You Didn’t Know” also got to number one and so did his next single “Dance With Me Tonight”– he performed it alongside The Muppets on the X Factor “Right Place Right Time” was Olly’s next album, getting to number one in the UK and also entering the US charts at number 19
8. In 2012, Olly released an autobiography ‘Happy Days’ and the same year he also went on tour with One Direction
9. Olly’s trademark hats come from his nan, she handknits them herself
10. Olly is an outspoken Manchester United fan, cheering regularly for the Red Devils on social media. Olly himself played football for Witham Town, but had to give it up due to an injury
11. Olly previously said that if he were to be stranded on an island he would take a duvet, a pillow, an iPod and a guitar
12. Olly spent five days in the Kaisut desert in North Kenya back in 2011 during the Comic Relief trek
13. Four of Olly’s tracks have been nominated for “British Single of the Year” at the BRIT Awards. He was also nominated as best “British Male Solo Artist” at the 2013 BRITs
14. Olly has won two BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, once in 2011 and next in 2013
15. In addition to his musical talents, Olly holds a Guinness World Record for tea making. In January 2011, Olly and campaigner Alex Loughlin made a staggering 496 cups of tea in 60 minutes setting the world record for the most cups of tea made in one hour
Don’t miss the versatile singer who will perform for only one night in the UAE capital as part of his 2017 Spring Tour bringing ultimate chart-topping hits such as Troublemaker, Dear Darlin’ and Dance with me Tonight as well as hits from his latest album ‘24 HRS’ including Years and Years.