Local talent on show to compete for place at Solihull Summer Fest - The Solihull Observer

Local talent on show to compete for place at Solihull Summer Fest

Solihull Editorial 8th Jul, 2019 Updated: 8th Jul, 2019   0

THERE was sun, sand and singing at Costa Del Solihull on Saturday (July 6) when 23 talented singers took to the stage at the urban beach outside the Core Theatre to compete for a coveted spot at this year’s Solihull Summer Fest.

Okay… the sun only tried to poke through, but the sand and singing were there in full force and despite getting a little rained on, hundreds of people turned up to support and enjoy the Touchwood Talent contest.

Winning this year’s competition was Mollie Hindle from Henley-in-Arden who performed Lady Gaga’s ‘Always Remember Us This Way’ from the A Star Is Born soundtrack. And a star certainly was born on Saturday as Mollie’s faultless rendition captivated the crowd from start to finish. Even the children playing in the sand seemed to put down their buckets and spades to listen.

On hearing she won Mollie told the Observer: “I really can’t believe it. I’m so surprised! Everyone was so good and I didn’t think I stood a chance… I’ve got a load of family here and my mum has just burst into tears. I’m shaking I’m so happy.”




Close runner up was Solihull man James Reidy who sung his own original song and reminded the judges of an Irish Ed Sheeran. Both performers will take to the main stage at the Solihull Summer Fest in front of thousands on Sunday 28th July.

Other notable performances came from Solihull twins Alex and Gregg Chamberlin who call themselves ‘New Horizon.’ They bounded onto the stage with a fun version of Luis Fonsi’s massive hit ‘Despacito’ which really got the crowd on their feet. Ian Rogers, Founder of the Solihull Summer Fest and CEO of The Talent Society loved them so much he offered them a talent contract.


Other Talent Society contracts were offered to Lucia Owen-Small who performed a Stevie Wonder number and also to Alistair Gilbert and Will Naisbitt who both performed catchy songs they had written themselves. They all receive twelve month contracts with The Talent Society which includes a promotional photo and video shoot, website profile and marketing campaign designed to maximise awareness to potential bookers and media partners.

All the talented contestants who took part also received a pair of tickets to this year’s Solihull Summer Fest which will see bands such as Level 42, The Vamps, Human League, The Proclaimers and Bad Manners perform at Tudor Grange Park on the 27th and 28th July.

For more information on the Solihull Summer Fest, check out www.SolihullSummerFest.co.uk

By Claire Bullivant.

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