FAQ

Here are some answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions

18 articles in this collection

How many songs can I play?

Every performer gets two songs* (or about 5-8 minutes for comedians).Once we've gone around all the performers once (i.e. the First Half) then we'll go round everyone again for a Second Half (in the same order they played in the First Half).The...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Can I pre-book my slot?

Unfortunately, we don't pre-book slots.The running order is determined on the night:The first performer to Sign Up on the night gets to pick from all the available slots (i.e. if there are 16 Performers Signed Up, whoever signed up first will get...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Do you have a piano or keyboard?

Unfortunately, we don't have a piano or keyboard.Performers should bring their own instruments (including keyboards) and/or backing tracks.N.B. There is a house-guitar that performers may use at all of our open mics, but it isn't the best, so we...

By Romeo Crow

Updated about 1 month ago

Do you have (or can I bring) a drum kit?

Unfortunately, we don't have - nor can accommodate - a drum kit.There is a cajon at all of our open mics which you / your drummer / anyone is welcome come use!

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

What time is sign up?

Sign up for all our nights (except Sunday) is at 7 pm (Sundays is at 6 pm).For our busier nights (e.g. Saturdays) it is advised to get there before 7 pm.The running order is determined on the night:The first performer to Sign Up on the night gets...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Can I use a baking track?

Absolutely! We're happy to welcome backing tracks.Please note, you'll need to have an audio player for your backing track (i.e. your phone) as we don't have audio players for you (e.g. CDs or USBs).Additionally, your audio player (i.e. your...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Can I perform covers?

Absolutely! It is your performance, so you can choose what material you want to perform :)

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Where are the open mics?

You can find our latest schedule / listings - including timings and links to maps - for all our open mic nights on this page of our website.

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Do I have to buy food or drink to perform?

Our nights are free entry so, technically speaking, you don't have to buy anything in order to perform!However, we do encourage performers to buy food and / or drink at the venue - even if it is just a soft drink (and certainly not to bring in...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Do you have a contact / telephone number?

We have multiple hosts running our nights and sometimes they swap round last-minute, or if someone's on holiday.As a result, there isn't a specific telephone contact number for us.However, all our hosts are part of our Messenger Group, which is...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Is there a house band?

In short...no!Performers are expected to bring their own accompaniment (be that in the form of an instrument, or a backing track on their own audio player).That said, there is a house guitar at all our open mics, in case any performer needs to...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Is there a piano or keyboard I can use?

No! Unfortunately, we don't have a piano or keyboard.Performers should bring their own instruments (including keyboards) and/or backing tracks.N.B. There is a house-guitar that performers may use at all of our open mics, but it isn't the best, so...

By Romeo Crow

Updated about 1 month ago

Do you allow comedy?

Yes! Comedy is welcome at all our nights.That said, it's worth noting that the majority of our acts are music and, depending on the venue, the crowd may not be so quiet - so you may have to work that little bit harder to win them over!Comedians...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Do you allow poetry / poets?

Yes, poetry / poets are welcome at all our nights.However, as music is the dominant performance type at our events, the crowds can be relatively loud; it is sometimes difficult for poets to get themselves listened to!Generally, Sundays and Mondays...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Do you have amps?

We don't have any amps at any of our nights.We do have a mixing desk wired up to two PA speakers. We will run any cables directly from your instrument (e.g. your guitar) into the mixing desk.Where there isn't a jack socket (e.g. it's an acoustic...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 4 months ago

Are your nights family friendly (do you allow children/kids)?

Whereas we (UK Open Mic) are happy to have performers, or audience, of any age, it is entirely the venue's decision on any given night as to whether they allow families / kids / children.Additionally, if under 18s are allowed, it maybe only until...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 3 months ago

What time does the music / performances start?

The music / performences always start 30 mins after sign up.Sign up is generally at 7pm, but some nights are different.Check our website listings for the most up-to-date timings.

By Romeo Crow

Updated about 1 month ago

Can I use electronic equipment (like laptops, midi keyboards, etc)?

The short answer is, yes!You can use laptops, keyboards and any other electronic equipment that you bring.However, please be aware that as performers generally get two songs (about 8-10 mins) this also includes time to set up your gear.So if your...

By Romeo Crow

Updated 9 days ago