The Real Davina are a soulfully extravagant pop band from the north east of England. The band, consisting of singer and keyboarder Jordan Miller, 21, Shannon Powell on voices, 19, guitarist Daniel Dipper (good name that), 21, drummer Jack Wade, 20 and bass man Carl Warren, 19, are young, talented and handsome, yet, somehow, still bloody lovable.
On their Facebook page The Real Davina say they’re “about creating live shows that both entertain and amaze in a whirlwind of musical expression, that has been described by some as "something fresh" and a "unique" sound with a "feel good factor"” Sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a sunny Saturday at Split Festival to me.
Earlier this year, the band battled hard, and successfully, fought off some intense competition in the Evolution Emerging Talent Contest. The competition, organised by Generator, the UK’s leading music development agency, saw the band play a 20-minute set before a panel of four judges, which included The Futureheads’ Barry Hyde and, from The Lake Poets, Martin Longstaff. Their prize? Well after playing their way to victory, The Real Davina won the opportunity to play at this year’s Evolution Festival, the second best festival in the region, on the UMT Emerging Stage, where they joined the likes of Dizzie Rascal and local heroes and, Split Festival 2010 headliners, Maximo Park.
As well as playing the Evolution and Split Festival, the band have big plans for the future. April saw the band release their debut single, Spend Some Time, on their own record label, P I N K F R I D G E. Is there anything these young whippersnappers can’t do? With new material, an album and a tour in the pipeline for 2013, it could well be an exciting time for The Real Davina. Whoever she is.