Blackpool was pretty well represented on this year’s The Voice.
Emily Adams and Kelsey-Beth Crossley both got through the auditions and went far on the show. Though neither managed to make it as far as the final, they did the town proud.
And the talent in these parts clearly didn’t go unnoticed for the BBC are coming back to the Fylde coast on Monday to try and unearth some new vocal stars for the next series of the show.
Two producers from the show are dropping in to The Galleon Bar on Abingdon Street to try and headhunt some potential new stars.
There won’t be any TV cameras and this is not an official audition – it is just to check out if there is anyone good enough to put forward for an audition when filming begins in earnest later in the year.
Galleon boss Stephen Pierre is delighted his bar has been chosen.
“This is the second year running the BBC have chosen to come here, which I think is a real compliment because being a music bar and having the best local talent is what we are all about,” said Pierre.
“This is a great opportunity for any artists who think they have what it takes to be on The Voice to sing in an intimate venue and to impress the producers of the show.
“You never know, it might end up with someone in Blackpool becoming the next big thing.”
Pierre splits his time between Blackpool and London, where he works as a jazz singer. But he grew up in Blackpool, used to drink at the old Galleon Bar (on Adelaide Street), and is proud that he is making the new Galleon a place where good music is welcome.
“I like the fact that a venue like The Galleon can help people make their way in music,” he said.
“About 25 years ago I was a young and enthusiastic musician and I’d hover around the stage at the old Galleon and watch and learn from some of the great players.
“The resident Galleon band musicians from that era would often allow me to guest with them and it was a great training ground for me as a young musician and singer.
“I am honoured that many years later I am in a position to help the next generation of talent by allowing them a platform to showcase and improve their musical ability.
“Blackpool receives its fair share of negative press, but the spontaneous talent we see appear regularly at The Galleon proves there are a lot of great youngsters out there and Blackpool has a lot of positives to be proud of.”
Anyone interested in performing at The Galleon on Monday has to register at the bar no later than 8pm.
A full sound system is provided, including a guitar amp, bass amp and a digital piano.
The night is open to all age groups and those who wish to sing with their own backing tracks are welcome to do so.