Highlights and nightly highs at the Marquee

KATIE BROWNE

Published 20/06/2013 | 05:26

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Elvis Costello and the Imposters play the Marquee this Wednesday.

LIVE at the Marquee 2013 kicked of with a bang last Wednesday night with Olly Murs setting the atmosphere for a fantastic month of live music and entertainment.

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The 'Cheeky Chappie' bounded onto the stage to the roars of the adoring crowd setting the tone for the night with his song 'Army of Two'.

By the time he launched into the second number 'Dance With Me Tonight' Murs had the crowd eating out of his hand as they sang along to every word and revelled in his outstanding stage presence.

He even managed to endear himself to the locals with a bit of Corkonian slang shouting "What's the craic" between numbers.

"It's a pleasure to be back in Cork after playing the Marquee last year. Irish people love to have a good time and what goes on in Cork stays in Cork," he told the audience.

A strong set saw Murs even treat the crowd to a cover of Beyoncé's 'Crazy In Love' before the show drew to a spectacular close with 'Heart Skips a Beat' and the hit single 'Trouble Maker'.

Two nights later it was turn of another successful X-Factor act Little Mix, who won the show in 2011, to bring their own brand of magic to Leeside.

A predominantly young crowd were treated to an extensive set of numbers including 'Stereo Soldier', 'Always Be Together', and 'How Ya Doin'?

The band tipped a nod to some of their influences, covering Nicky Minajs' 'Super Bass' and Katie Perry's ET as well as a girl band medley featuring tracks by TLC and Destiny's Child.

The crowd joined in the fun, singing 'Happy Birthday' to band member Jesy.

"You are an amazing crowd and we have had an amazing time," she told them.

On Sunday night it was the turn of The Wanted to wow the Marquee crowd, who were screaming and dancing ever before the boys stepped onto the stage.

The crowed went wild as they launched into their opening number 'Invincible', which they followed with a clutch of crowd favourites including 'Lightening' and 'Say It On the Radio'.

Six lucky members of the crowd also got the chance to join the lads on stage to help the lads sing 'Heart Vacancy'.

As with Little Mix, the lads were not afraid to cover songs, performing a medley of Killer's tracks that nearly blew the roof off the Marquee.

After promising the crowd they will be back again, the lads left the crowd on a high with renditions of their first single 'All Time Low', 'Glad You Came' and their most recent release 'Walk Like Rihanna'.

Live at the Marquee will return this coming Saturday with the first of two gigs by The Coronas, followed by Elton John the following night and Elvis Costello and the Imposters next Wednesday.

For the full line up and ticket prices visit www.ticketmaster.ie.

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