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Regular Open Mic Nights

What is an open mic night?

Open mic nights are live shows in front of an audience. Writers and poets may sign up in advance to the open mic night, but quite often they are opened up to allow audience members to performopen mic nights | an image of a microphone too. It’s very common to hold open mic nights to showcase poetry or spoken word. The host is usually a spoken word artist or poet themselves. They will call out of list of names of people signed up to perform for the evening.

Open Mic night venues vary from coffee shops, to museums, bars  and even libraries. The set up is often informal, with time for discussion amongst audience members in between acts. A time limit for each performer is usually specified to allow everyone an equal amount of time to share their work.

Below is a list of places you can try for open mic nights

This is a selective list; open mic nights come and go, so check with venue before you visit.






Occasional Events

Usually require submissions to be made in advance


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