About The Open Mic Movement

Facilitating Performance -

Is this you?

  • You’re here because you play and you want to perform
  • or you simply like live organic music and want to watch.
  • You might be a new musician who wants information about how to get started “playing live”.
  • You want to encourage and support a budding new talent.
  • You’re a music teacher.
  • You’re a publican or other venue owner.
  • Maybe you are a veteran muso and you’re looking for a suitable event where you can unleash your talents?

The Open Mic Movement has been set up to engage musicians and facilitate their connection with audiences. We foster a culture of music locally. We make it easier for musicians to perform live to an audience in supportive environments.

Presently, we support four types of open mic event with more to follow.

Common Mistake

Jason Mraz started playing live in coffee shops. We doubt it was easy, so our mission is to make it a doddle for people to perform live.

A common error that people make, is to neglect live performance. Musicians often think of “performance” last – and as well they might – for obviously, you need to be able to play an instrument to an advanced level first, right?


But even music teachers can be guilty of this. They often don’t think about the “art of performance” whilst pushing their students to pursue musical excellent. This is a mistake.

If you’re a new artist, practice your art and share it. Set up shop somewhere, whether it’s a street corner or a coffee shop. I got my start in a coffee shop that didn’t even have live music.

Jason Mraz


New Musicians: you’re learning to play, but what about “perform”?

Our “Open Band” Open Mic events are perfect for you.

Don’t neglect performance.

Beginner, and “intermediate” musicians need to know that learning to play an instrument and actually performing with that instrument are two different things. It can take a number of years to learn play an instrument to an advanced standard.

Once a musician has attained what they perceive to be a “good enough” standard, they often are dismayed to find that their level of playing significantly decays on stage, due to their inexperience of playing live! It can lead to a lack of confidence and ultimately the decision never to perform again.

You should be aware that “advanced” musicians generally have many many hours of live performance experience!

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect Sense

Learning to play in instrument takes time and regular practice; learning to perform in public needs time and practice too.

Contact The Open Mic Movement

The Open Mic Movement
EN10 7LP

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  • Phone 07947 407807
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