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Last night, Australian musician Oscar Thorburn took to the stage to perform two sold-out performances at Sydney’s Factory Theatre. Supported by Brisbane singer Beckah Amani, audiences were treated to stellar night.

Kicking of the show with her angelic vocals, Amani took to the stage with guitar in hand. Performing though a number of originals and covers, the singers rich vocal tone wrapped itself around audiences and carried them into the stratosphere with her rendition of Beyoncé’s Halo. Amani’s relatable lyricism ranged themes of relationships to racism, closing the show with her moving single STANDARDS. The singer shared with the audience that the song was written during the height of the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, and serves as a reminder than nobody but herself can set the standards for what she can achieve in life.

With last nights show being the second time Thorburn has performed on stage, the musician seemed right at home in front of the crowd. Opening with the spatial and atmospheric Ocean Waters, Thorburn took his audience on marvellous voyage, led by his raspy and soothing vocals.

Performing tracks from his debut EP, Lost My Mind, the relaxed set was filled with soaring moments where Thorburn’s vocals ran free. Captivating the audience during songs such as Stay With You and Patience, Thorburn’s rapport with audience members created the setting of friends hanging out in the backyard, there was an ease within the musicians stage presence.

Thorburn also performed a handful of covers, taking to the piano for Chet Faker’s Talk Is Cheap and Glass Animals’ Heat Waves. However, the musicians undeniable talents as a songwriter is his own write shone throughout his original songs. Closing his set with 6422, Thorburn has solidified himself as one of Australia’s formidable emerging talents, ready to take on global big guns such as Ed Sheeran and Passenger. Last night, the Factory Theatre was alight, showcasing of incredible emerging talent.

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