Words by JADE ELLEN

Sounds Like: Essential Australian hip hop along the lines of fellow rappers Urthboy and Seth Sentry, with some of the alternative sounds of Bob Evans, and the fun, lively vibe of The Griswolds.

Touring for his upcoming second album Break the Dawn, local hip hop artist Chance Waters hit up Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory to try out some new songs, as well as tried-and-true crowd favourites. Featuring an excellent line-up of support acts and a drag show or two courtesy of the fabulous Brendan Maclean, the night was truly a captivating experience.

Opening was emcee Mr Theory, whose youthful energy and infectious charm kept the crowd entertained with overtly positive lyrics about romance and the HSC, despite technical difficulties. Brendan Maclean’s entrancing show raised the bar, with Kraftwerk-esque man-machine choreography and a soulful singing voice. With a ukulele to break up the more “poppy” songs, as well as a drag show and an aerobics dance-session, Brendan Maclean & co. proved themselves to be charismatic performers.

Due to an unfortunate technical difficulty, Chance Waters’ opening song – the never before played title track of the new album – was halted, which made for a jarring entrance. However, Chance & co. didn’t seem to let this get to them, and continued with their polished sound and trademark high-energy performance. Chance’s unique cover of Mumford & Sons’ ‘Little Lion Man’ and original song ‘Young and Dumb’ featuring Lillian Blue had the crowd cheering.

To end the night was ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, for which Chance welcomed back all of his support acts and special guests – including the drag queens from Brendan Maclean’s set – making for a completely packed stage. Lillian Blue’s uplifting voice, the pounding percussion, striking violin and Chance’s cheerful delivery made it a brilliant end to the night.

Rating: 4/5