Open Mic Finder - Accurate information on open mic nights


Open Mic events have a broad variety of moods, set by the location, the type of venue and the host's own personal performance style.

Finding a tribe of like-minded performers can feel validating. Conversely, when someone turns up and performs in a style that is not usual for the event, it can be invigorating or sometimes slightly awkward.

The following definitions are intended as general indicators that when used in combination, describe the kind of mood of the event.

328 venues welcome


Instruments with no electronic modification to sound, other than amplification. Electro-acoustic instruments have a pick up but other than that are completely in line with traditional types.

192 venues welcome


Loud, powerful vocals, distorted guitars, black t-shirts, tattoos and long hair.

280 venues welcome

The Blues

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

284 venues welcome


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

225 venues welcome


Jazz is characterised by swing and blue notes, complex chords, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation.

207 venues welcome

Funk & Soul

A danceable mixture of soul, jazz, and rhythm and blues.

158 venues welcome


Lyrical wordplay and break beats.

189 venues welcome


Genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s

151 venues welcome


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

140 venues welcome


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

163 venues welcome


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.

28 venues welcome

Sea Shanty

Foot stomping, rousing work songs from nautical history.

118 venues welcome


The earliest form of education, philosophy and entertainment.

175 venues welcome

World Music

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

126 venues welcome

Musical Theatre Showtunes

Musical and showtunes are songs originally written as part of theatrical performances that combine songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance.

87 venues welcome


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

85 venues welcome


Performing expression through movement of the body.

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