October 11, 2015 5:42am CST
Many pubs in the UK now organize open-mic nights where performers can have anything from three minutes to half an hour to perform their own material for an audience, show-casing their talents and arts to the public. Some open mic events are for musicians and singers, while others are for poets. A few combine the two. Performers may be expected to book in advance and at least show the organizers that they have some experience or modest success as no show wants time wasting idiots just yelling into the mics. Such events may charge audience members a modest admission fee but they should not charge performers a fee for providing entertainment. Performers may not get paid, though some events might offer prizes for the best entertainers any given night. Open-Mic is usually more relaxed than a competitive slam event. Sometimes events with organized rehearsed acts might incorporate an open mic slot for a limited number of new entertainers to get involved. If you want to get involved in an open mc show book early and be sure it is the right kind for your sort of act and material. If it is a regular weekly or monthly event attend as an audience member before deciding if you’d like to participate. I love the open mic circuit in Manchester. Audiences, comperes and performers alike are very welcoming. Give it a try. Arthur Chappell
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• Manchester, England
11 Oct 15
This is something I have not heard of before. Naturally we all remember the karaoke nights, which were a complete nightmare most of the time, but using just semi professional or upcoming artists seems a very good approach indeed.
• Preston, England
11 Oct 15
@Asylum often brewery pressure to attract more custom. It has the effect of killing regular trade instead. A bar I went to on Thursdays with a science fiction group also attracted a mountaineering society. The bar suddenly decided Thursdays was karaoke night. The following weeks the sight of tumbleweed floating and drifting through the bar was obvious. The karaoke was abandoned quickly after that.