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Open Mic & Jam Nights



Singers & Poets Open Mic Nights, Floorspots and Jam Nights are a great way to gain experience, increase confidence and meet new singing friends.  You don't have to sing but if you want to, make sure you arrive early or pre-book to ensure a spot!  All standards and styles are usually welcome but do check with the organiser or venue to confirm the arrangements and dates.  Where possible we have included relevent information i.e.,Acoustic, House Band, P.A. Provided, Backing Tracks Allowed and any Reviews available etc., but we cannot be held responsible for changes made by the venue or cancellations.

Although we have split them into seperate sections, there is often a certain amount of cross-over between any Open or Walk In events like these with both individuals and bands turning up to play, so its worth going along to take a look. Chat to the regulars as they often know of other similar nights and keep an eye on this section as we have more additions coming soon.

Visit our links to Blues Jams and Live Music Venues at Electric Blues Club, pick up a cheap subscription to Time Out or check out 'Teletext' (Channel 4 pages 460 - 464) for listings in your area.

If you organise or know of any open mic night, jam nights or regular floorspots please let us know or add them to one of the Gig Guide listings Free - The Gig & Events Guide Gig Board also lists Jam Nights and Work Available for Acts/Bands etc.



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Open Mic Nights

These are usually very loosly arranged to enable anyone to perform so all you have to do is turn up early and get your name down to sing/perform.  Covers and Original music is covered of practically every style of singer and genre of music participating.  They are not only a good way to practice your art but also can be a proving ground for new talent and material.  The audience consists of singers, poets, songwriters and music lovers so the atmosphere should be warm & encouraging for all standards.  Of course you may find the odd 'clique' but if the atmosphere is naff one night remember that these events rely solely on who appears on the night & you never know who might turn up to watch or perform!  Some music industry reps occasionally attend these but don't hold your breath or feel intimidated as 'Raw Talent' has just as much validity as a honed one and your progress will be watched with interest & after all you are there to have FUN!!


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Open Mic UK the National Music Competition for singers and vocal groups to showcase at The O2
Enter now to be the UKís best on the mic!

Open Mic UK; the national talent competition to search for the UKís best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all genres. The competition offers the competitors the opportunity to perform live in front of large audiences, generating media attention and exposure.

With over 9,000 entries in 2010, Our 2011 competition is set to start in August, and with an ever expanding prize pool, we're set for an even bigger year ahead!

Your chance to perform in front of judges from BBC Introducing, Regional Press, National Radio and Record Labels!

Win over £50,000 worth of prizes and investment! Previous winners developed and showcased for Major record labels Birdy & Hatty Keane (click on acts links at the openmicuk site to see their videos)

You Could be performing at The O2!

Auditions coming to a city near you in August The competition is open to all ages

Audition places are limited so Enter Now!

For more information go to www.openmicuk.co.uk

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Charlie Wrights Music Lounge Open Mic Night
45 Pitfield Street
Hoxton
London, N1 6DA
Every Monday from 9:30pm
Price: Free Entry Requirements:
- Please sign in by 9:30pm
- No profanity or praise please
- Amps Provided
- Bring your own instrument
For more information go to www.charliewrights.com

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On Broadway, Winchmore Hill Showcase / Open Stage
765 Green Lanes
Palmers Green
London N21 3SA
Fortnightly on Thursday Night from 8:30pm
Some amps provided. Bring your own instrument.
For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tim-Milligans-Live-In-London-Open-Mics/548425885225876

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G-Strings Open Mic
Goldhawk Public House
122-124 Goldhawk Road
Shephards Bush
London, W12 8HH
Every Thursday from 8pm
Performers can just show up and play on the day or email Gemma at gemma@faucetinn.com to secure a slot in advance.
For more information visit them on G-Strings Facebook

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George & Dragon Open Mic
183 High Street
Acton W3 9DJ
Tel: 07727 123641

Every Thursday - Free Entry
Sign up from 7pm onwards.
House guitar, piano and cajon avaiable for use.

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The Victoria Open Mic
110 Grove Road
Mile End
London
All open mic enquires: Ben: 07772 097535 or email: thevictoria.openmic@gmail.com
Admittance: FREE
Web: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=29982250932
When: EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY

Open Mic with PIANO and a FREE RECORDING of your performance. Acoustic music, spoken-word, poetry, comedy, theatre! - All levels, abilities, styles, originals, cover versions - ALL ARE WELCOME.

Sign-up to play at 7pm - 8pm.
Show runs from 8pm - 11pm

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Open mic night 6th March 9.30pm 1am after party till late

Da Boss Club
116-118 Woolwich High Street,
Woolwich,
London SE18 6DS
Entry Fee: £5
Contact: tipperents@live.co.uk

Cash prize for the best act. You can win the cash via your Vocals, and entertainment factor. Due to the response we have had,you will now need to send message stating name, number, and music style to guarantee you your place on the mic. Come down have a drink and sing your heart out, or if singings not your thing lol come along anyway. Industry scouts get free entry send name to get on the guest list

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Licks Open Mic Night
Belushi's Bar
28 Hammersmith Broadway
Hammersmith
London W6 7AB
Every Sunday Night 8pm - Midnight
Sign up 7.30pm
New night dedicated to singer/songwriter/musicians, an oppertunity for talented unsigned artists to perform their material in front of a warm and receptive audience. No matter what your genre of music, whether it be pop/folk/indie/rock/blues/jazz/punk, we want to hear the great 'Licks'; the brilliant songs you haven't had a chance to play anywhere else!

We're here every Sunday, so if you're in need of a friendly and responsive outlet for your material, what better way to end the weekend than join our weekly line-up and get a chance to perform, as well as see a variety of other talented artists.

Signup is at 7.30pm, First Act on 8pm.

We also have featured artists every week, if your interested, you can visit our site at www.myspace.com/licksopenmic

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Sing London
Sing London, the world's first all-city singalong, is a festival designed to unite the city in song. From 29th June - 8th July there will be over 100 events to get people singing - all kinds of people singing all kinds of music in all kinds of places: cafes, museums, piazzas, shops, libraries and even London buses!

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance is delighted to have joined forces with Sing London and Yamaha London Live! @ Chappells to create two very special singing events for this fantastic London-wide festival of song:

1. STRUM & SING - Thursday July 5th (4.30pm-6.00pm)
This interactive singalong is happening at the famous CHAPPELLS MUSIC STORE in Soho (152-160 Wardour Street, London, W1F 8YA). The beautifully renovated store will be filled with singers and guitarists from the Institute, accompanying you the public in the performance of many well-known songs. Come along, bring your own guitar if you want, and forget about work - and don't worry, you will know all the songs and it will be easy and fun!

2. MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR - Sunday July 8th (12pm- 3.00pm)
The Magical Mystery Tour is a musical journey on a London Routemaster bus, filled with musicians singing all the way and drawing upon the musical heritage of each location as they are visited. There are three pickup points:

1. The famous Abbey Road Studios at 12.00 noon
2. The Worlds End in Camden at 1.00pm
3. Outside Liberty's store near Carnaby Street at 2.00pm

The tour will finish at the Southbank centre for the festival's grand finale with thousands of Londoners singing!

BOTH EVENTS ARE COMPLETELY FREE - JUST SOME ALONG AND JOIN THE FUN! LIVE A LITTLE... SING A LITTLE... SING LONDON!!!

For further information on these events or for complete Sing London listings, contact:
The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance on: 020 7328 0222 / www.icmp.uk.com
Sing London at: www.singlondon.org

SINGERS & POETS NIGHT The Bug Bar
St Matthews Church
Brixton Hill, SW2
1st Wednesday of every month 7pm - 1am, free before 8pm, £4 after
Tel: 020 7738 3184 / 07930 619 302
Website: http://www.singersandpoets.com

Unrivalled midweek entertainment on the first Wednesday of every month!
Celebrate the sunshine with an unsurpassed mix of mellow to mental music and open mic mayhem! This month's highly acclaimed Singers & Poets, hosted by music business guru, Jackie Darling, is a good time guarantee!

The night offers a trinity of entertainment and has become an institution, unique to South London, combining new unsigned talent, professional artists and the occasional star guest. New performers might find themselves on stage with their hero, land some session work, or even be discovered by Ms Darling's 'industry' pals.

The evening kicks off at 9pm with Asian dub poet MC Scorpio hosting the poetry session, where brave warriors of the spoken word are welcomed to bless us with their wisdom.

Simply Boogie's sensational DJ Arv plays the night out with rare groove, funk and deep house.

Come and check it out. It could be you on that stage next month and well on your way to stardom!

Reviews
"Singing and poetry in abundance, which makes a superb change from just sitting in the pub with your mates getting pissed and talking shite!" Lulu Le Vay, Sleaze Nation

"Talent-spotting music bizz types rub shoulders with young hopefuls" Big Issue

"Brixton's cool crypt hangout" Tim Lusher, Hot Tickets

"Unsigned bands and spangly divas share the stage with top musical stars. Guaranteed to be a lot of fun!" Hot Tickets

Their website offers an interactive service for singers and industry personell which is free for the first six months - artists can register for a £25 fee For more information contact 020 7924 9294 or jackiekhan@hotmail.com

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A Spoonful of Poison
Rhythm Factory
16-18 Whitechapel Rd.
London E1 1EW
Tel : 020 7375 3774
Email: info@rhythmfactory.co.uk

Open mic live music, comedy, poetry and performance from 8pm to midnight. Sign up before 8.00pm.

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Bird's Nest
32 Deptford Church Street
Deptford
London SE8 4RZ

We run an open mic featuring two artists, who do full sets every Monday night.

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The Perserveransce Open Mic Night

The Perseverance
11 Shroton Street (off Lisson Grove)
Marylebone
London
NW1 6UG
Equipment: 600w P.A. system with 2 Microphones and boom mic stands.
Monday Nights. Sign up is at 7.30pm and starts at 8pm.

Takes place every monday night where acoustic artists can perform original material in a warm, intimate setting.
The venue upstairs is also available for FREE hire with P.A. system!

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Rochford Open Mic / Jam Night
Kings Head Inn
11 West Street Rochford,
Essex.
SS4 1BE
Tel: 01702 531741
Equipment: Full p.a, 8 channel mixing, Drums, Roland Keyboard,Lead and Bass Amps, Microphones - Accoustic Welcome too
Every Wednesday Night
Open to Musicians, Singers,and people who just like to listen.

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The Mitre
291 Greenwich High Road
London, SE10 8NA
close to Greenwich station and DLR (Cutty Sark)
Every Tuesday starts 3rd October
Admission: £4 / £3 cons
Equipment Provided; P.A., Mics, Acoustic/Electric Guitars, Guitar Amps, Keyboard, Traps Drum Kit and all the leads !!! Yes that's right, so if you don't want to lug your kit accross London then get in touch and come and use ours. (At our discretion.)

Dan and Ben host this new Open Mic Night at the Mitre (upstairs function room) Every Tuesday, starting 3rd October. From 8pm (7-30pm onwards to sign up and play on the night)

All musicians, poets, comedians, bands in fact all performers welcome! Special guests too!

We will endeavour to give everyone a chance to play on the night, however, where this is not possible, we will pre-book a slot for the following week.

So if you are looking for a nice and friendly, easy going stage to perform your latest or favourite works, promote your gigs, cd's or band or just to come along and see what the local talent has to offer, then come down to The Mitre in Greenwich, sign up and perform or kick back and relax for a evening of great entertainment!

For more information, to sign up in advance or to pre-book a slot, contact us at info@audiobreakfast.com

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The Academy of Urban Music JAM SESSIONS
The Karamel Club
4 Coburg Road
Wood Green
London N22 6UJ Click for Map
Hip Hop - Soul - Funk
Dates: 17th and 31st May; 14th & 28th June
7pm - midnight
FREE ENTRY(registration required)
Call Creative London North Music on 020 8829 8907 or visit the website.

Every other Wednesday at the Karamel Club 7pm - midnight. All musicians, singers and and MCs welcome to this open mike and jam session. Bring your instrument and play or rap with the House Band featuring guest musicians.

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Vic's Buskers Open Mic Nights
Vic's Buskers open mic nights have been running in Surrey and Hampshire since 2005. These nights are run by Vic Cracknell a full time musician. Countless singer songwriters and performers have played at Vic's Buskers in this time. Each performer normally plays three songs although occasional longer "featured slots" are available on request particularly for performers travelling some distance.
The Railway Arms
The Rowbarge
7, Riverside
Guildford
Surrey GU1 1LW
Tel: 07917 403052
Email: vic.cracknell@btinternet.com
First Tuesday of the month from 8pm. Free entry.
Equipment Provided: microphones, acoustic guitar, digital piano or bring your own instrument.
Monthly open mic (first Tuesday of the month). Pre-book a slot on 07917 403052 or turn up on the night. All styles of acoustic music welcomed. Friendly and supportive audience.

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Vic's Buskers Open Mic Nights
The Railway Arms
26, Anstey Steet
Alton
Hampshire GU34 2RB
Tel: 07917 403052
Email: vic.cracknell@btinternet.com
Last Tuesday of the month open mic. 8pm. Free entry. Pre-book a slot on 07917 403052 or turn up on the night. All styles of acoustic music welcomed. Friendly and supportive audience.

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Vic's Buskers Open Mic Nights
Propoganda Music Canteen
Fleet Road
Fleet
Hampshire GU51 3BU
Tel: 07917 403052
Email: vic.cracknell@btinternet.com
Last Sunday of the month open mic. 8pm. Free entry. Pre-book a slot on 07917 403052 or turn up on the night. All styles of acoustic music welcomed. Friendly and supportive audience.

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Vic's Buskers Open Mic Night
The Plough
74, West Street
Farnham
Surrey GU9 7EH
Tel: 07917 403052
Email: vic.cracknell@btinternet.com
Last Thursday of the month. 8.00pm. Free Entry.
Equipment Provided: microphones, acoustic guitar, digital piano or bring your own instrument.
Pre-book a slot on 07917 403052 or turn up on the night. All styles of acoustic music welcomed. Friendly and supportive audience.

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Roger Courtney's Open Mic Music Club
The RMA Tavern
58 Cromwell Road
Southsea
Hampshire PO4 9PN
Tel: 07952 967948
Email: vinylrecordsuk@aol.com
Every Thursday Night 7pm to 11pm
The Club was founded by the late Roger Courtney several years ago and is now run in his memory by his son Nick Courtney. This Open Mike Club basically provides a venue for musicians and singers of all talents and ages to get together and have a chance to perform in front of a live audience and alongside fellow musicians. A good quality sound system, microphones etc. are all set up and provided ready for you to just get up and perform. If you do not play an instrument but would like to sing simply bring along your favorite backing tracks on CD and we will do the rest. The Open Mike Club is a private members club. Membership is FREE and available to all. For more information and to join click on the title link above.

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The Playgroup
back room (aka. the Love Lounge)
The Bell
103 Walcot Street
Bath
Somerset BA1 5BW (a popular music pub, see www.walcotstreet.com)

Longest running Open Mic night in the West (we've forgotten when we started it, easily 12 years ago i reckon) formerly at the notorious Hat & Feather just up the road (that pub now changed name & image). Every Thursday at about 9pm. House PA & engineer, often house drumkit (etc.), compere the notorious Jimmy Mack (about whom the Supremes did NOT sing), head honcho that geezer called Steve hanging round at the back drinking Red Wine. No backing tapes no way, no house band unless you hassle one together yourselves, it's NOT a jam night, we do expect stuff to be prepared (except of course for jazzers and those rare others who can actually hack improvising) but apart from that ANYTHING GOES and we've had just about everything over the years, from the expected sensitive acoustic merchants to full visiting US punk bands, solo trumpets, bagpipes, Kora, HipHop, poetry, comedy, computer generated beats, acapella choirs...

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Open Mic @ The Bullet Bar
147 Kentish Town Road
London NW1 8PB

Launch Night Wednesday 28th December 2005 and then every Wednesday from the 25th of January onwards...
8:00 pm sign-up. For more info please email aaronshortuk@hotmail.com

All welcome, please bring your instrument.

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Gigs Galore

Organise a variety of singers open mic nights in London. Check out the website for latest venues and dates.

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Club Fabulous
LTP
60 Copenhagen St
London N1
8 mins from Angel Tube
Phone 020-7278-5781

new Acoustic evening on Sunday nights Open Mic from 6.30 till 10pm. 1st come 1st served. 10 minute slots.

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Montuno's
138-139 Shoreditch High Street
(Corner of Rivington Street)
London E1 6JE
Tel: (0)7005 947310 (24-hour voicemail out of hours)
Admission: Free before 8pm the £4 members £6 non members
Regular blues jam and open mic every Tuesday lunchtime and evening.

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Millionaire Status presents VIP
16th March 2004 (launch, weekly thereafter)
Pop/R&B/Soul/Funky/Rap
Live Pa's
Opium Club, Dean St ,London W1
07950 830 525
Singers , Dancers,Models, Music biz Hangout
Dresscode smart casual, Plush venue
If you fancy yourself as a hot singer come and audition at 9pm and perform that night! free entry
Tickets for launch 07950 830 525 6.00 more on the Door 9pm-3am

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Mic Club Open Mic night @ Plan-B
418 Brixton Rd
(1min from Brixton Academy).
For more info: email: info@micclub.co.uk.com, tel:07949 051 576
Takes place last Wednesday of every month, next nights 31st March, 28th April. Mic Club's a unique platform for Singers, Rappers & Poets. We work hard to create an artist's community by supporting those who work hard at their work, with a platform, and bringing a night of entertainment for all. Please arrive early to PUT YOUR NAME DOWN to perform. Free before 7pm, show starts at 8.30pm, 3 thereafter. Got something to say......join the club!

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Buskers Ball
Lostock Arms
Bolton
(next to Lostock Railway Station, two miles from Bolton Town centre
Monday Nights
Established 8 years ago to promote songwriting throughout northwest England by holding a series of pub-based open mike sessions where anyone can get up and perform without restrictions on musical style.

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The Hop House
149 Maple Road
Penge
London SE20 8HU
nearest Station Penge East BR
Tel 0208 659 9674
Open Mic Nite, 8-30 - 11.30 Second and fourth Thursday of every Month. Admission free, all musicians and music lovers welcome (original material and covers) - House PA provided.

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Acoustic Grooves
The Smithy Stanley Road
Cheadle Hulme
Stockport

Songwriters Open Mic Night Every Thursday, Free Admission from 8:30 pm - Original music only please

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Acoustic Routes
CB2
Norfolk St
Cambridge
Cambs
CB1 2LD
Tel: 07740 947965
Monthly

Acoustic Routes is a listening, no smoking venue run by singer/songwriter Bernard Hoskin which presents a wide range of non-mainstream music including roots, folk, world and blues in a small concert setting. Taking place in the intimate surroundings of the cellar at CB2, each event features some of the finest local, national and international musicians, singers and songwriters around. There are Open Sessions once a month as well for anyone to turn up and play. Acoustic Routes is non-profit making and all the door money is used to cover the expenses of the organisers and the performers. You can listen to complete songs in MP3 recorded live at Acoustic Routes website

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Open Mouth - Open Mike Night
STORM
28 LEICESTER SQUARE
LONDON WC1
(between the Odeon and Yates. Nearest tube Leicester Square)
first Wed in every month
Monthly

We are a very friendly welcomming crowd and mix 10 open slots with main acts. Most of our main acts are artists who have played open slots in the past.

Turn up on the night if you don't mind taking a chance that you may not be able to play that night. You will be given a future slot if you don't get to play that night. We really do our best to fit everyone in at a future night (at our discretion). If you'd like to book in advance then email us at the address below.

To join our mailing list and yahoo group and to find out more about us go to launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/openmouth2004/. You can email us to request an open slot (make sure you are a member of the group so that you can receive emails)

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Last Thursday Open Mike Night
Old Court House
High St
March
Cambridgeshire (Nr Peterborough)
Admission: £4.00
To book a spot email lastthursdayopenmikenight@yahoo.co.uk or call 07966513954.
We welcome all styles and levels for our open spots from 8pm. Main acts from 9.30. Also see details of our sister club 'First Thursday Club' above.

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Spirit & Soul - Open Mic Night
Troys Wine Bar
10 Hoxton Street
Hoxton
London EC1
Tel: 0207 739 6695
Every Tuesday evening

Wanna be entertained with great music and spoken word in plush surroundings?? Poets, singers and musicians join our Soul and Jazz music 'open-mic' session, backed by a house band, along with DJ Smoove providing soul classics.

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St Annes Acoustic Roots Club
Kitty's Bar
under the Bedford Hotel
307-311 Clifton Drive South
Lytham St Annes
Fylde
Lancashire
Tel: 01253 721503

Tuesday nights 8.30. Session nights are supplemented with music workshops and guest artist evenings, novice musicians and singers are welcome

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Windmill Acoustic Music Club
The Windmill Public House
Church Lane
Ewshot
nr Farnham
Surrey

8.30 every THURSDAY. Performers and audience welcomed alike. The Windmill club extends a welcome to homeless folk clubs

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Artesian Well
Wandsworth Road
London, SW8
Monday & Wednesday Nights 8pm - 12pm
Tel: 020 7627 3353

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: House P.A.

Acoustic Revolver Open Mic Night with Tym Whitaker is a twice weekly regular acoustic open mic/jam night, just turn up & play.

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Backstage Bar
The Spice of Life
6 Moor Street
London, W1
Wednesday Nights 8pm - 11pm
Tel: 020 7739 3025

A host of jazz musicians and singers meet & perform at this popular rough & ready singers night.

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The Singers' Club at the Spread Eagle
8 Woodstock St
London, W1

(2 mins Bond St tube)
Info: Jack Tel: 0208 445 7787 or email jack.jaffe@ntlworld.com
8-11pm, every Monday (except Bank Holidays, when we're there on the Tuesday).

Backing by great jazz pianists/responsive ambience. Adm.£6. Now in our 8th year. Singing lessons/ performance workshop available.

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Taty Bogle Club
Kingly Court
London, W1R
Tuesday Nights 9pm - 11pm
Tel: 020 7734 4475

Every Tuesday Night from 9pm at Taty Bogles

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"The Spot" nightclub
Maiden Lane
London, WC2
Every Sunday 9.30pm
£5 admission.

This is the original singers night - now running for over 12 years. Mainly music of black origin, Full backing vocals provided and pro musicians. Can get very busy so arrive early to get your name on the list if you want to sing.

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The River Bar
208 Tower Bridge Road
London, SE1
Wednesday Nights 8pm - 11pm
Admission: FREE
Tel: 020 7407 0968

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: In House P.A.

Turn up and register on the door by 8pm then Grab that mic & get singing at this acoustic open mic night!!

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White Hart
Mile End Road
London, E1
Thursday & Friday 8pm - late
Tel: 020 7790 2894

Singers, songwriters, comedians, poets and other performers are all welcome at this free for all Acoustic Revue

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The Carpenter's Arms
Wing Road
Stewkley
Bucks
From 8 pm
Contact Linda Watkins on 01280 823468
or The Carpenter's Arms 01525 240272.
Last Friday of the month, beginners and experienced players alike, music of all types welcome. - next one should be 28th November, but this has been changed to 12th December. There will be no further session in December because of Christmas, but back to normal in January 2004.

More details available from, Linda Watkins on 012870 823468

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Buckingham Acoustic Club
The Woolpack
Well Street
Buckingham
MK18 1EP
Telephone Linda Watkins on 012870 823468

Starts on 4th December - Meets every Thursday 8.30pm.  Just turn up, put your name on the list and be seen and heard.  All types of music welcomed - as are lovers of good live music.  Great pub, good food/beer and welcoming atmosphere.

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The Telegraph
Moulton
Northampton
contact Dave Jolly tel 01604 711536
Email: dave@jollybox.plus.com.
Second Monday evening of the month, folk singers and musicians

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The New Inn
New Bradwell
Bucks
Last Monday evening of the month, folk singers and musicians

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The Fox & Hounds
High Street
Stony Stratford
Bucks
First Tuesday evening of the month, folk singers and musicians

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The Crown
Market Square
Stony Stratford
Bucks
Contact Mike Dore 07747 693024
Third Tuesday evening of the month - a cappella, No instruments! Unaccompanied singing only. No smoking.

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The Cannon
High Street
Newport Pagnell
Bucks
8.30 in the bar
Every Wednesday evening
folk singers and musicians

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The Barley Mow
Cosgrove
Bucks
First & third Wednesdays evenings of the month

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The Hare
Bunkers Lane
Linslade
Bucks.
Contact Sally Mounter Tel: 01525 852395
Second Thursday evening of the month, folk singers and musicians

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The Hunt Hotel
Linslade
Bucks
Last Thursday evening of the month. folk singers and musicians

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The Watt's Warms
Hanslope
Bucks.
First Sunday lunchtime of the month - folk music

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The Vaults Bar
High Street
Stony Stratford
Bucks.
Every Sunday lunchtime, folk singers and musicians

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The Green Man
Eversholt
(other side of Woburn)
Every Sunday evening except the first one of the month, folk singers and musicians

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The Wheatsheaf
Bow Brickhill
Bucks
Contact Andy Malleson Tel 01908 372376
First Sunday evening of the month - singers and musicians, folk

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The Swan
Old Stratford
Milton Keynes
Bucks
8 pm. Third Sunday evening of the month - tunes, folk. Tune players especially welcome.
Contact Ivor and Yvonne Tel: 01908 265902

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Zaks Sunday Showcase and Jam Night
Wolverton
Milton Keynes
Bucks
Every Sunday Evening, Starting at 07:30 p.m.
The available time each week is divided between the acts, as well as a jam session at the end. If you have a band, or are a musician or vocalist, why not come to Zaks and give it a go

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Old Crown Inn
1 Stoke Road
Ashton
Northants.
Acoustic Jam Session Sunday evenings

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The Olde Cherry Tree Inn
Great Houghton
Northampton
Tel 01604 711536
Contact Dave Jolly
Third Monday evening of the month folk singers and musicians

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The New Inn
New Bradwell
Milton Keynes
Bucks
Open Session for folk singers and tuneplayers last Monday evening of the month - free entry
Contact Paul Manning at manningpmk@aol.com

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The 6 Bells Folk & Blues Club
6 Bells
Chiddingly
Near Hailsham
East Sussex
Tuesday Nights

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Floorspots

Floorspots are pretty much the same as an Open Mic night with the exception that you usually pre-arrange with the organiser if you want to perform.  Often the organiser or their band are the main act and you are amongst several supporting acts for the evening, either way its a good opportunity to meet other singers.   You may have to arrange your own accompanist if you do not play, or have a chat to the organiser for available options.

The Lords High Admiral Pub
Vauxhall Bridge Road
Pimlico
London
New Acoustic Club happening on the last Thursday of every month. Come and play or just listen.

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The Wheatsheaf
Windmill Hill
Enfield
3rd Tuesday of every month 8pm - 11pm
Admission: Free
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: None - Acoustic Only
Friendly group who are part of the Acoustic Network. Beginners to experienced musicians, singers & songwriters - music from all standards and styles welcome. Details of other venues/dates in Barnet, London & Hertford areas available on the night from organiser Janet.

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Half Moon
93 Lower Richmond Road
Putney London, SW15
Monday Nights 8pm - 11pm
Admission: £2.00
Tel: 020 8780 9383

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Full House P.A. & Monitors

Monday night Acoustic Sessions at the Half Moon are friendly and well attended with musicians and singers of all styles at this Acoustic Session.

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Staines Folk & Blues Club
Three Tuns
63 London Road
Staines
Monday Nights 8pm - 11pm
Admission: £1.50 performers, £2.00 public
Tel: 020 8897 9227

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Staines Folk and Blues Club
hold regular acoustic Floorspots for Blues & Folk players.  They have a range of regulars and often enjoy a group singaround so if your feeling a little shy you can just join in with the others.
Visit their website for further information.

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Ain't Nothing But ..... A Blues Bar
20 Kingly Street,
London, W1
Small bar hosting all styles of Blues, inc Monday Jam Nights. Tel: 0207 287 0514

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The Virtually Acoustic Club
at Progress Bar
162 Tufnell Park Road
Tufnell Park
London N7
Wednesday Nights 7.30pm - 11pm
Admission:
Tel: 020 7272 2078

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Full House P.A. & Monitors

www.viac.co.uk have regular weekly gatherings with a wide variety of styles and standards although original songs preferred. Bring your own instruments and play 2 songs.

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Jam Nights

Jam nights tend to be based around the Blues, mainly due to the ease of playing for all standards, however, most organisers are happy to allow any style of music including the odd original band, but do check before turning up to play.  You can expect to find a 'House Band' who start the evening off and allow you to use their equipment if you play.  Don't go mad on their gear as you'll have to pay for any damages!!  Jam nights are a great place for singers to practice with live musicians in a totally different environment.  It allows you work with musicians of all styles and gain confidence in the ability to 'wing it' with people you have never rehearsed with - an important part of your learning curve if you intend to work live, deputising for other performers and session work pays well and enables you to meet some great musicians.

The following are just a selected few taken from the more extensive listings here

Tufnells Sunday Jam
Upstairs at: TUFNELLS
162 Tufnell Park Road
London N7 0EE
From 7.30pm
Entry: £3.00

* 3 mins from Tufnell Park tube
* Free car park next to venue
* Excellent comfortable room
* Hot food available
Contact: Dave (drums) Mobile: 07956 270592 e: david@songlink.com

Sunday jam with house band and friends. Classic covers and occasional originals - all styles, Pop'n'Rock to Blues'n'Soul, Country, etc. COME ON DOWN AND JOIN THE FUN - VOCALISTS & MUSOS WELCOME* *Subject to available slots. Please advise 2-3 well-known cover songs in advance. Supported by SongLink

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The Fabulous Jam
Monseigneur Bar
225L Streatham High Road
London SW16 6EN
Monday Nights
Free Admission
Equipment Provided: Keyboards, drums, backline, PA etc.,
Contact us via http://www.myspace.com/thefabulousjam

Join us for our funk-based jam sessions every Monday. Late bar.

Musicians, singers, rappers and audience alike are all welcome. If you want to get up and play with us, see Kocoa Brown or Jade on the night.

We ask that anyone who plays gives space to the other musicians, listens and maintains eye contact. Bring your own electric guitars or basses, brass, wind or string instruments and drummers PLEASE bring sticks/brushes.

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Up All Night Music
Jam & Open Mic Nights plus Band/Artist Promotion
The Spice of Life
6 Moor St
Soho
London W1
Mondays - Open Mic (starts 6.30pm)
Tuesdays - Blues Jam Session (starts 7.00pm)
Admission - Free


The W.K.D. Club
18 Kentish Town Rd
Camden
London
Saturdays & Sundays starting in March
Blues Jam, Jazz Jam & Record Fairs (1.00pm - 6.00pm)

Both these JAM SESSIONS will be free to get into but we may well "pass the hat round" to help pay for the sound engineer. We will provide a drum kit and guitar and bass amps for people to use. We are also looking for people who want to run stalls!!!!!

Vocalist webmaster note:
These guys also organise showcases and actively promote unsigned artists/bands in several different venues in London. Check out their website at http://www.upallnightmusic.com/ for full details.

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The Victoria pub
Coalville
Leicestershire
Sunday afternoons & Tuesday Nights Blues Jam
EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Vocal P.A. and drum kit
Lively jam night frequented by motorcyclists and live music lovers,

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Pete Boulters Blues Jam
Royal George
Goslett Yard
Charing Cross Road
London, WC2H
Thursday Nights 8.30pm - 11pm
Tel: 020 7437 9369

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Small vocal P.A., guitar and bass amps, occasional drums

Reviews
Petes a friendly bloke & the atmosphere of his regular Thursday night Jams reflects this with their warm atmosphere and great music.  Not too much in the way of equipment and various people provide it so be aware there may not be that second guitar amp that was there last week!!

There are a wide range of ages and standards at this Jam and Pete produces a monthly newsletter with pictures and reviews of the past months events, guest performers, blues festival news, jam night listings and more.  He does take a long break during the summer & winter so do check before going down there.

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Urban Academy Music Jam Sessions: Jazz, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Urban Music
Karamel Club
Coburg Road
Wood Green
London N22
Tel: 020 8829 8962
Every other Wednesday from 7.30pm
Admittance: £3.00
Bring your instrument and get the chance to play or rap along to Tim KcKenzieís resident band. Regular compare Spoonface of Faada is hosting the evening which also features guest artists and bands.

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Shebeens Club @ The George and Dragon
183 High Street
Acton
London W3
Tel: 020 8896 9499
Access: Acton Town Tube
Wednesday Nights 9:00 pm - 12:00 midnight
Entrance: Free

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Full PA, Backline, Kit and Keyboards

Reviews
Hosted by Houseband The Electric Experience who told us that this jam has been going for over 9 months and is of high standard

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The Boatrace
Cambridge.
Regular open mic/jam nights, irish nights

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Progress Bar (used to be Tufnell Park Tavern)
Tufnell Park Rd
London
Blues Jam on Thursday Nights with a good house band and occasional suprise special guests, often including Big Bill Hurley (Outcasts).

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Worlds End
21-23 Stroud Green Road,
Finsbury Park,
London
The regular jam night has been revived and now takes place every Sunday night from 9pm untill midnight. There's two electro accoustics and an electric bass available for people to play or they can bring there own. We also use it as a showcase for new bands wanting to try their material on an audience, all styles of music welcome but showcase bands need to book at least a week in advance.

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New Cross Inn Summer Blues Jam
New Cross Inn
323 New Cross Road
London SE14 6AS
Email contact: julienfromlondon@gmail.com
Phone: 07572456114
Sunday 7th & 21st August 2011
The New Cross Inn will be hosting a Blues Jam session on the 7th and 21st of August 2011. Hosted by Julien & The Midnight Bluesmen who will play a short set and then open the floor to performers. Amps, microphones and a drum kit will be provided, so bring your instruments and let's jam !

They also host a regular Open Mic/Jam night every Tuesday - for further info contact Sebastian Frost on 077 334 181 52

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The Horn 'O' Plenty
Victoria Street
St Albans
Herts
Monday Nights 8pm - 11pm
Tel: 01727 853143

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED: Full P.A.

The Horn is well known as a great live venue for new and established acts and bands with a variety of different styles of music.  Everything from acoustic to heavy rock is represented here and they often hold Jam Nights, Folk Nights, Acoustic and Open Mic so contact them for their full date sheet.  They were also holding a blues jam on Sunday lunchtimes but ring to confirm.

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Showcases

There are two types of showcase, one is aimed at the working musician who performs for agents and bookers with a view to gaining paid bookings and the second is aimed at performing for exposure or record deals.  There are many venues who provide the latter although its doubtful that you'll get seen by many A & R people as the organisers are usually publicans or promoters who are looking for a cheap way to fill their venues.  Both types will be listed here and if we will try to include relevant comments where available.

Moi Music Group Showcase
We are proud and excited to announce our first acoustic showcase will be held on 1st August 2006 then weekly every Tuesday:

The Perseverance
11 Shroton Street (off Lisson Grove)
Marylebone
London
NW1 6UG

Admittance: £2.00

Nearest Transport: Various Buses from main road plus Marylebone Tube and Railway Stations. Motorway Junction M1 Jnct 1 4.2 miles

On street parking, free after 6pm

This is a great opportunity for quality unsigned artists, musicians, songwriters and bands seeking the opportunity to be seen by music industry personel!

Moi Showcase aims to provide quality, dedicated artists with a platform where they can showcase their abilities for signing consideration with Moi Music Group Record label and other A&R searching for new talent.

If you want to be considered for a floorspot, artists must first submit an MP3 demo or link to a website containing examples of your work for review. (NO PAY TO PLAY)

(Admission fee for showcase does NOT apply to appearing artists) For further details visit http://www.moimusicgroup.com/portal

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Budding Stars
Showcase for UK Talent with major talent agencies, record companies and local reporters attending.

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ITC UNSIGNED (closing date for demos is June 28th)
IN THE CITY Unsigned is one of the most sucessful new music showcase events for up and coming artists each year. Traditionally (since 1992) more guitar/rock orientated, this year ITC Unsigned is expanding, with specialised sections for Hip Hop, Urban, R&B, Pop,Metal, Acoustic, Alternative & Electronica.

Unlike other music conventions and showcase events, there's NO pay-to-play and NO pay-to submit-demos policy. I appreciate you're busy, so I'm not going to wax lyrical about the pedigree of the event. If you're not familiar with it..click through to the ITC website for more info.

Break ITC - The Artist Acadamy
Break ITC takes place in parallel with IN THE CITY this year. It is a three day collection of free workshops, seminars, demo reviews, panels, interviews etc. One of Europes largest gatherings of artists and creatives.

For more info on both of the above, click through to http://www.inthecity.co.uk

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Grey Horse
46 Richmond Road
Kingston
Surrey
Wednesday Nights 8pm - 11pm
Tel: 020 8541 4328

Up to 6 acts are crammed into this regular Acoustic Showcase, go along to check it out as they apparently have the odd jam night and live bands.

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Blue Star Music Showcase - Monday Nights
The Blue Star Music Showcase is back on again at Joseph's Well.   These showcase are renowned for putting top draw unsigned talent onstage.  It's £3 on the door with an 8pm start. Visit their sites for further information.

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The Talent Scouts Showcase - Promoting and encouraging new unsigned UK bands, Talent Scouts run a regular Wednesday Night Showcase in conjunction with Sound Republic, Leicester Square, London.

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OPEN MIC & JAM LINKS

Jam Net UK
Staines Folk & Blues Club
Worldwide Jam Session Listings
Gig & Events Guide
Venues Listings
Blues Jam Night Listings
Lets Jam.com
M11 Music (cambs/herts/essex)
Virtual Acoustic Club
Instore Liverpool
Redbird Cafe
The Virtually Acoustic Club
Acoustic music and online open mic listings.