LIVE REVIEW: DVNA – Black Bear Lodge

DVNA is an artist who has continually impressed while setting out the introductory layers to her artistry. With her debut EP ‘All My Friends’ finally out in the world, the Gold Coast singer-songwriter has hit the road for as an extensive tour of QLD while she waits for restrictions to lessen and for borders to re-open. 

With four sold out Brisbane shows at Black Bear Lodge, she transformed the venue into her own little jazz club for the weekend. With the crowd buzzing with excitement during the late session on Friday night, she took to the stage for the fan favourite opener ‘Sushi In Tokyo’. 

Diving straight into ‘Why You Gotta Be So Nice’ and ‘All My Friends’ from the EP, she then left the stage for the brief ‘Intermission’ while she “took a phone call”. Returning to the stage for the COVID situational love song ‘When I’m Your Girl’ she then picked up the guitar for everyone’s favourite singalong moment ‘Half Past Sober’. 

With the quick show wrapping up with ‘Girl On The Move’, ‘Looking Like A Snack’ and ‘More To Give’, the crowd were unsurprisingly chanting for more. With no more songs to perform, she returned to the stage and asked the fans what they would like to hear. With everyone screaming for ‘Sushi In Tokyo’, she turned to her band and laughed “we really need to organise an encore” before saying “Alright, here is ‘Sushi In Tokyo’”. 

The captivating show really proved why DVNA is someone to watch. The way she is synched with her band is genuinely impressive. They are ridiculously tight and you could watch them play together all night. DVNA is as sassy and personable on stage as she is through her music, and she spent the whole show interacting with the crowd and dancing her way across the stage. It’s shows like that that really highlight why it’s so important that live music bounces back ASAP because you will want to experience nights like this over and over again.