A sold-out crowd gathered at the iconic Oxford Art Factory to catch some vibes from grime queen Lady Leshurr. Touring the country with Groovin the Moo, Leshurr has been setting the stage alight around Australia, and it was about time she dropped by Sydney to show us what she can do. And what better way to set the mood than with grime/hip-hop Dj Yemisul and Melbourne-based powerhouse Sophiegrophy on support?
The anticipation rose as Lady Leshurrs’ selector (DJ Enay) commandeered the decks, greeted the crowd, and questioned if they were ready to see one of grimes hottest acts. Asking the crowd to echo his various Wayo’s and hey hey’s whilst playing some staple hip hop and grime warm-up tracks. The lighting changed from yellow to red, as Pharaoh Monchs’ “Simon says” blared over the sound system and Lady Leshurr came bounding from behind the curtain in camo pants and a Nike sports bra. This drove the crowd absolutely wild, their collective voice overpowering the sound system. DJ Enay really tested the crowd running classics like “Sound Of Da Police”, “Still D.R.E.” and “Ruff Ryders Anthem” back to back as Leshurr bounced around the stage; before she cut it, introduced herself then thanked the crowd generously.
Leshurr then asked if the crowd liked reggae before running back some more classics, then launching into her first song of the set, “Queen’s speech 3”, by splitting the crowd into two and forcing them to battle it out to see which side could scream the loudest “MAD TING”. Soon after launching into “Queen’s speech 6” and “Juice”, the grime emcee dropped “Queen’s speech 5” and commanded the crowd to jump 4 steps left and 4 steps right, swaying them like an ocean. After which she played a slew of songs including “R.I.P”, “New Freezer” and “F MY EX” followed by surprisingly playing “The One” by none other than the backstreet boys, which really provoked a crowd reaction, to the point where DJ Enay and Leshurr traded places. Lady Leshurr picked a few more staple songs such as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song while Dj Enay badly serenaded the crowd as best he could, before they traded again as Leshurr performed her latest track “Black Panther”.
The lighting changed to blue again as Malesha caught her breath before thanking everyone for helping her get her next song to 50 million views and starting an impromptu competition; by pulling 4 fans on stage to help her perform and whoever did the best got to kick it afterwards backstage. This truly was a spectacle, watching 4 superfans battle it out in front of a packed crowd, but ultimately the winner was the first fan who won the crowd over without missing a single word. After security escorted everyone else off stage, Lady Leshurr introduced her final song but not before thanking everyone profusely for coming out then finally dropping “Where Are You Now”. The crowd was like an inferno that ignited as soon as the beat dropped and Leshurr splashed water over the crowd as if to desperately stifle the flame before running it back once more, thanking the crowd again and walking off stage.
Lady Leshurr has been a steadily growing artist and live act over the last few years and to see her building a home away from home in Australia is very exciting for us as a country; no matter how many times she tours though, I won’t get tired of seeing lady Leshurr put on a show anytime soon.”