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Genres

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.

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Acoustic/Electro-Acoustic

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.

2239 events welcome this

Rock/Punk/Metal

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

3252 events welcome this

The Blues

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

3354 events welcome this

Folk

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

1955 events welcome this

Electronica/Synth

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

1895 events welcome this

Rap/Hip-Hop/Beatbox

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

1980 events welcome this

Comedy

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

2358 events welcome this

Poetry

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.

2737 events welcome this

Jazz

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

2537 events welcome this

Funk & Soul

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

1296 events welcome this

Storytelling

The earliest form of education, philosophy and entertainment.

2445 events welcome this

Reggae

Genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s

1952 events welcome this

World Music

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

1104 events welcome this

Magic

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

1419 events welcome this

Musical / Showtunes

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

1024 events welcome this

Dance

Performing expression through movement of the body.