Musicians' guide: Open mic nights

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  • 27 November 2008
Musicians' guide: Open mic nights

Here's a selection of open mic nights around the cities. Some allow booking a slot, some are just turn up, plug in and play. Call ahead for details.



Nice 'n' Sleazy
421 Sauchiehall St, 333 0900. 8pm. The Monday Acoustic Jam, 8pm–midnight. Free to all performers. Bring your instrument and join in the fun.

Open Mic NIght - Pivo Pivo
15 Waterloo Street, 564 8100. 6pm. Weekly open mic, followed by featured performances from different artists.


Open Mic - Whistlebinkies
4–6 South Bridge, 557 5114. 9pm. Just turn up and perform. All styles all level of experience. The perfect way to get a first gig.

Open Mic - Bannermans
212 Cowgate, 0131 556 3254 Every week from 8pm onwards. It's free to play, and there's a great wealth of musical talent on offer.



Acoustic Sessions and Open Mic
Oran Mor, 731–735 Great Western Road, 357 6200. 8pm. Acoustic night hosted by Ross Clark every second Tuesday, unless there's a previously booked performance. It's worth giving the venue a ring beforehand to check. There's the occasional guest performer, too.

Glasgow Songwriters

Blackfriars, 36 Bell Street, 552 5924. 8pm. Fortnightly gathering of the musicians' collective with featured artists, open mic and a strict original material policy.


Open Mic - Whistlebinkies
4–6 South Bridge, 557 5114. 9pm. New bands always wanted to play this weekly spot. Call or email in advance to secure a slot.



Open Stage
The Halt Bar, 160 Woodlands Road, 352 9996. 8.30pm. Weekly open mic session.



Out of the Bedroom
The Waverley Bar, 3-5 St Mary's St, 557 1050. 9pm–Midnight. This regular singer-songwriter night demands original music from its performers but is incredibly friendly and welcoming. To book a slot come down before 8.30pm on the night.

Dr Ruby's Musical Surgery
The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 5–8pm. Open stage for singer-songwriters to showcase their material.



Dr Ruby's Musical Surgery
The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 5–8pm. Open stage for bands to come and show what they've got.



Open Mic - The Tron
9 Hunter Square, High Street, 226 0931. 8.30pm. Comedy band Lazyhand host this open mic shindig.



Seeds of Thought
CCA, 350 Sauchiehall Street, 352 4900. 7.30pm. Live spoken word, acoustic music, drama sketches and open mic.


The Jazz Bar, 1 Chambers Street, 220 4298. 8.15pm. £3. Monthly singer-songwriters/new bands night which sees pre-selected acts displaying their finest musical wares.


1. Zaphod16 Jun 2013, 9:08am Report

A new open stage is in town. Fantastic sound system, free admission, cheap booze, engaged and attentive audience. Sound sweet? It is. Lach's Antihoot Open Stage Every Monday night at henry's Cellar Bar (16a Morrison Street). Doors at 5pm. Sign-up at 7:30pm. Show at 8pm. You get two songs or eight minutes. Open to musicians, poets, comics, burlesque, performance art etc. Artists from the Antihoot open stage are chosen to move up to other nights in Henry's schedule.
NYC's infamous open stage is now a weekly event! Lach discovered Beck, Regina Spektor, The Moldy Peaches, who’s next? ‘A Manhattan Institution!’ – (NY Times) ‘5 Stars!’ – (Herald) ‘Lach is face-ache funny!’- (Guardian} ‘Top Five Late Night Show!’ – (List)

2. Alex Hendrie6 Jul 2013, 11:47am Report

The Grassmarket Bar, West Port, Edinburgh now run open mics Sundays and Tuesdays 9pm till 1am.

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