Open Mic UK Auditions Dates Announced! Have You Got What It Takes? Featured

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Do you sing in your car/shower/bedroom and think you have what it takes to make it as a Star? Well this will be right up your street! 

Open Mic UK is back for another year and promises to thrust another 'Soon to be Star' right down your lug'oles! 



Open Mic UK is the biggest search for unsigned acts in the UK, which witnessed over 9,000 hopefuls audition last year.....It's kind of a big deal. 


Auditions will be held at 15 locations across the UK, as they try to find the country’s best singers, song-writers, rappers and vocalists. Successful acts are chosen to perform at some of the UK’s most prestigious live music venues, in front of a panel of industry professionals and packed audiences, at the live regional finals. The most talented acts will then progress to the Grand Final within the O2 in London.

Presented by Future Music - the company behind the development of artists such as Warner Music’s Birdy, Sony Music’s Jahmene Douglas and Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, whose début album is due for release later this year.
With recent judging panels having included industry specialists and the likes of Radio DJ’s Annie Nightingale and Ras Kwame, Kiss FM’s Charlie Hedges and Ivor Novello Award Winner Mark Hill, Open Mic UK has grown to become a serious contender for sourcing real talent with winners that can be developed organically over time, in the right way for the artist.

Events coordinator, and Head of Future Music, Chris Grayston said “Every year we hold this competition, the quality gets higher and higher. For promising singers, song- writers, rappers and vocalists, Open Mic UK provides a real opportunity to showcase their talent to music industry professionals and audiences across the country”

Open Mic UK will discover the acts that have the ability to become professional recording artists - prizes for winners include cash, studio time and development classes worth £50,000.

The beauty of this competition is that it really is open to all; divided into age categories, Under 16, 16-20 and 21 & Over. The competition’s main aim is to discover an act that has the ability to become a professional and unique recording artist, so if you think you have what it takes, check out the audition dates below!

All auditions are AM auditions unless marked with (PM):

Sunday 18th August 2013 at The Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex, London UB3 2UE.

Sunday 18th August 2013 at The Palace Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 7HA.

Saturday 24th August 2013 at National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT.

Sunday 1st September 2013 at Vincent Harris Suite, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.

Sunday 1st September 2013 (PM) at Ferneham HallFareham (near Southampton/Portsmouth), PO16 7DB.

Saturday 7th September 2013 at Palace Theatre, London Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS0 9LA.

Saturday 7th September 2013 (PM) at Studio 1, City HallsCandleriggs, Glasgow, G1 1NQ.

Saturday 7th September 2013 (PM) at Hove Centre, Hove, Norton Road, Brighton, BN3 4AH.

Sunday 8th September 2013 at The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.

Sunday 8th September 2013 (PM) at Sub89, 110 - 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP.

Saturday 14th September 2013 at Milton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.

Sunday 15th September 2013 at Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.

Sunday 15th September 2013 at Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

Sunday 15th September 2013 (PM) at Pavilion Dance, Overlooking Lower Gardens, Westover Road, Bournemouth, BH1 2BU.

Sunday 22nd September 2013 at St Georges, Bristol, BS1 5RR.


So what are you waiting for? Fill out an Application form and get involved before the slots fill up!  For full details of audition dates, venues, age categories and more, visit


Tim McGlashan

Director and Senior Music Critic for and a Graduate in Business Management from Leeds Metropolitan University. MASSIVE MUSIC JUNKIE!


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