Balsall Common’s search for a new star

Balsall's Got the Voice 2015 Saturday 31st May 2015:

As if there wasn’t enough talent in the area already, Balsall Common Festival organisers are on the lookout for more with the launch of the 2015 edition of Balsall’s Got the Voice.

With the recent success of Karl Loxley (BBC Voice UK), Paris Georgia (with her recent No.2 in the iTunes download charts) and Berkswell Cricket Club’s The Neales (Britain’s Got Talent Finalists tomorrow), there really isn’t a better time for local talent to draw inspiration to enter a talent contest.

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Balsall Common Festival Weekender 2015

Balsall Common Festival funds local causes
Balsall Common Festival

Balsall Common Festival organisers are taking the event up another notch in 2015, with plans for a full weekend event in September with more entertainment, music and activities than ever before.


Whilst precise dates are yet to be confirmed – the third weekend in September has been pencilled in (Saturday 19th to Sunday 20th September 2015) – with plans afoot for a ‘Fun Run Sunday’ that allows all areas of the Festival to grow.


“This year’s ‘Big Idea’ is to turn our Festival into a “Holiday at Home” for families, by holding the event across an entire weekend, with the Fun Run moving to a Sunday.” says Festival Chairman Craig Burgess.


“Following last year’s success we’re looking to expand the Fun Run and ‘Balsall’s Got the Voice’ competitions, with the ‘Voice’ qualifiers commencing earlier, maybe as early as late March to mid-April.”


“Last year’s Festival attracted 4000 visitors across two sites, with nearly 500 Fun Runners for the senior runs, so the new plans allow more people to be involved with both parts of the event, and paves the way for further growth.”


All of which means recruiting more volunteers for 2015, as Craig explains:

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Singer Paris dedicates song to Facebook fans

'Stay With Me' says Paris to fans
‘Stay With Me’ says Paris to fans

19 year old singer-songwriter Paris Georgia generously handed over some of her creative process to Facebook fans by inviting them to choose her latest Song of the Month, a cover of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’, released last night.


The former Heart of England School pupil is no stranger to the limelight, with appearances at Wembley Arena under her belt already and collection of original material studio-recorded previously in 2013. Paris is already well-known on the local music scene, but is enjoying a big surge in followers locally, following performances in Balsall’s Got the Voice through August and September, as part of this year’s Balsall Common Festival celebrations.

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From Paris with love

19 year old singer-songwriter and former Heart of England pupil Paris Tredell, better known on the local music scene these days as Paris Georgia, has released her new Song of the Month for fans old and new.


The Paris Georgia fan club is growing at an incredible rate locally, following her recent performances in the hotly contested Balsall’s Got the Voice competition, the finals of which took place at the Balsall Common Festival on Saturday 20th September 2014.



Many festival-goers were shocked when Paris didn’t make the cut for the Top 4 sing-off, a decision which underlined the strength of competition and difficult job the judges had on their hands on Finals Day.


Meet Paris here performing piano and vocals in her interpretation of SIA’s Chandelier:



You can find out more about Paris and her gigs by visiting her Facebook page, all you need to do to stay up to date is hit “Like” and “Get notifications” (an option often only available on laptops or PCs) to ensure her updates appear in your newsfeed:


Paris is just one example of an array of talent unearthed at this year’s Balsall Common Festival, more coverage of which will be appearing at BalsallCom.Com in the near future.


Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park - Main Sponsor 2013-14
Balsall Common fete and Party in the Park – Main Sponsor 2013-14


Dylan flies the flag for Lady K School


[Dylan Baldwin]

9 year old Dylan Baldwin flew the flag for Lady Katherine School at the Berkswell Royal British Legion on Friday 8th August as he won his place in the Finals of Balsall’s Got the Voice, the music talent section of this year’s Balsall Common Festival.


Dylan won the judges over with his rendition of OneRepublic’s well-known single Counting Stars, which saw him bravely take on significantly older and more experienced competition. Dylan now carries the hopes of Lady K into the finals at The Lant on Saturday 20th September 2014 and we all wish him well.

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