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Performance Mediums

Venue owners and event organisers often have specific visions of the kind of mood they want to create at their open mic event. It can be awkward for everyone involved when a performer turns up whose style of performance does not fit in, therefore the following definitions are intended to describe the kind of mood of the performance rather than the literal technology.
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Instruments with no electronic modification to sound other than straight amplification. Electro-acoustic instruments have a pick up but other than that are completely in line with traditional types.

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Poetry, prose and spoken word performers can range from wildly expressive to hushed and abstract. Their pieces can contain humor but are just as likely to deal with the serious. The one common factor is that they are using only their voice so noise from an audience and venue can seriously affect the performance.

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Music created predominantly on digital devices such as keyboards, drum machines and computers.

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Loud, sometimes aggressive music created with distortion, delay and pitch-shifters. Shouty vocals, tattoos, beards and black t-shirts.

634 events welcome this


People who make people laugh. Every great comedian started their career at an open mic.

496 events welcome this


Cosmopolitan genre most likely found in urban city venues. Often political subject matter in lyrics, sometimes aggressive with swearing.

74 events welcome this

Open Deck (DJing)

DJs, turntablists and producers demonstrate their skills. Mixing, scratching and mashups.

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Open Reel (Video)

A opportunity to showcase original moving image works such as video, short film and animation on a screen in the venue.

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Sleight of hand, card tricks, illusions and other forms of live performance magic

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Improvisational Theatre

Often called improv or impro, is a form of theater where most or all of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed.

920 events welcome this

The Blues

Rhymed simple narrative and a trance-like rhythm, forming a repetitive effect called a groove.

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A traditional music evolved by a process of oral transmission or performed by custom over a long period of time

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The earliest form of education, philosophy and entertainment.

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Genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s

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Funk & Soul

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Performing expression through movement of the body.

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World Music

Encompassing many different styles of music from around the globe, which includes many genres of non-Western music

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