REVIEW: UV BOI ‘Returned Alone’ to Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory

Anyone familiar with Sydney’s music venue, Oxford Art Factory knows the intimate appeal and comfort for its concertgoers – which made it the perfect place for Brisbane artist UV boi to perform his energetic and emotional latest EP release, “Returned Alone”.

One of the opening acts we caught was up and coming Melbourne rapper, Baro with his fusion of electronic, hip-hop and punk helped hype up the crowd to get ready for the main act of the night.

Next to appear on stage with an Adidas originals t-shirt was the self-described ‘durag and squat enthusiast’ according to his Triple J unearthed profile.

Blending the genres of electronic, hip-hop and pop together, UV boi provided an energetic and mesmerizing performance to the enthusiastic crowd, who were chanting and encouraging him along the way.

Known for being a Soundcloud success story, 2014 saw UV boi (real name Emmanuel John) collaborate with Canadian producer, Ryan Hemsworth on the track ‘Gods’ and also winning the triple J Unearthed slot at Listen Out Festival in Brisbane.

His immense talent and success has allowed him to tour around Australia playing at festivals such a Splendour In The Grass and Southbound Festival, which brings us to his show at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory as part of his current tour promoting his latest EP release, “Returned Alone”.

Opening his set with a powerful and ethereal performance of the first song off the EP titled ‘Bleeding Out’, UV boi immediately drew attention from the crowd, who were ecstatic and happily bouncing along addictively to his lyrics and beats.

His positive stage presence and interactions with the crowd made such a positive impact that groups of the audience were cheering his name enthusiastically much to his joy. Mixing it up during his set, playing the various genres of tracks on his EP with corresponding coloured lights on stage brought an atmospheric feel to the audience, like we were happily dancing along on a carefree and distant planet. This set the stage for his song ‘Set In Stone’, another track from his “Returned Alone” EP which reminded me of Warp Records Glaswegian producer Rustie.

All in all, UV boi’s performance at Oxford Art Factory on Friday 22nd September 2017 was great. With a wonderful and charismatic stage presence, this helped bring such a great rapport with his already loyal fanbase. With a great selection of tracks performed, including some new releases, it’s great to see how humble an artist can still be with all his success in the last few years.

UV boi‘s “Returned Alone” EP is available on iTunes here.

*Words and photography by Talica Tamanitoakula.

UV boi
Oxford Art Factory
22 September 2017