THIS reporter would not profess to being a boyband fan, less so of the sprawling monster that is the X-Factor, but it would be difficult to begrudge two of the biggest acts to emerge from the Simon Cowell hit machine their due.
This is perhaps best judged particularly by the ear splitting screams that filled Thomond Park last Sunday every time one of JLS and Olly Murs before them flicked a wrist, hit a note or spoke to the crowd. It certainly appeared to these eyes and sore ears that the legion of fans were satisfied with their lot, all 14,000 of them, going by the estimated attendance figures.
After a stirring performance by up and coming four piece The Kixx, it was up to Olly Murs to keep the expectant JLS fans happy as the opening, and, fair play to the cheeky chappy from Essex, who appears to be modelling his style on Robbie Williams, but takes his musical cues from a more diverse source, his solo songs infused with jaunty Caribbean rhythms, he did that ably, backed by a superb band, the highlights being a cover of Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’ and a Stevie Wonder medley.
It was the entrance of JB Gill, Marvin Humes, Oritsé Williams and Aston Merrygold from a trapdoor in the stage that threatened to explode ear-drums however, the quartet launching into ‘Outta This World’, the pace not slackening until their encore of ‘Everybody in Love’.
Unsurprisingly, the boyband filled their set with cover versions of Jessie J, Rihanna and Backstreet Boys hits, but judging by the reaction of the crowd, and the screams sending shudders through the stadium, there was plenty of happy punters streaming out of the gates of the stadium at the finish.