Ipswich: Music duo De’Vide aiming for the stars ahead of performance on TV show The Voice

Barny Holmes and Lex Flowers, of De'vide, are performing on the Voice.

Barny Holmes and Lex Flowers, of De'vide, are performing on the Voice. - Credit: Archant

THIS is the chance they have been waiting for.

Barny Holmes and Lex Flowers, of De'vide, are performing on the Voice.

Barny Holmes and Lex Flowers, of De'vide, are performing on the Voice. - Credit: Archant

Musical duo De’Vide, from Ipswich, have built up a loyal following over the last few years with their unique mix of hip hop, indie and soul music.

And this weekend, the group’s music will finally be heard by the masses as their performance in front of some of the world’s top recording artists is aired on BBC One show, The Voice.

The group, which is now based in Norwich, is made up of former Holbrook High School student Barny Holmes and his friend MC Lex Flowers.

They have been performing together for about three years and have supported a number of famous acts including Rudimental.

Now they will be hoping to get through to the live shows and earn a lucrative recording contract.

Mr Holmes, 24, said: “Funnily enough it was really relaxing because you turn up and there are all these people walking around. They’ve got food and drinks all around as well.

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“But (on stage) it was crazy. I nervously walked out and as soon as you got on stage there was an element of anxiety but when we did the performance it was such a relief.”

Performers on the show have to impress the judging panel which is made up of Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am, Jessie J and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue.

The duo believe they have what it takes to progress in the show and walk in the shoes of former Ipswich resident Toni Warne, who narrowly missed out on a semi final place in the show next year.

But no matter what happens on Saturday night, Mr Holmes was adamant they will continue to perform in the hope they will earn a record contract.

Mr Holmes added: “It will be great to establish a career and record deal, that is our goal, but doing what we love is the perfect job for us, we wouldn’t want to do anything else.

“Music has always been a part of me.”

Another local star to appear on the popular TV show this weekend is Nate James, who has collaborated with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones and Chaka Khan.

The three times MOBO award nominee from Woodbridge, who has written songs for Lemar, Craig David and Blue and released two solo albums, hopes his next big career move could be winning The Voice.

The Voice will be on BBC One from 8.05pm on Saturday.