Sun 10 Dec 2023 Polly Shute

10 reasons to take part in Open Mic nights


Whether you're a seasoned performer, just starting or doing it for fun, participating in open mic events can be a valuable part of your artistic journey, offering a range of benefits for personal and professional growth. 

  1. Skill Development: Open mics provide a platform for you to practice and improve your skills, whether it's singing, playing an instrument, stand-up comedy, or spoken word. Regular performances can help refine your craft.
  2. Building Confidence: Performing in front of an audience, even in a small, supportive setting, can significantly boost your confidence. Overcoming stage fright and receiving positive feedback can empower you to take on more challenging opportunities.
  3. Networking Opportunities: Open mics attract a diverse crowd of performers and audience members. Engaging with fellow artists can lead to valuable connections, collaborations, and exposure to different styles and perspectives.
  4. Feedback and Growth: Open mics offer a chance to receive immediate feedback from a live audience. Constructive criticism can be instrumental in your growth as an artist, helping you identify strengths and areas for improvement.
  5. Discovering Your Style: Experimenting with different material and observing audience reactions can help you discover your unique style and what resonates with listeners. Open mics are a low-pressure environment to explore your creativity.
  6. Overcoming Challenges: Dealing with unexpected situations, technical issues, or an unresponsive audience are common challenges at open mics. Learning to handle such situations can be valuable for your overall resilience as a performer.
  7. Showcasing Talent: Open mics offer a platform for emerging artists to showcase their talent. It can be a stepping stone to larger gigs or opportunities, as talent scouts and event organizers sometimes attend these events looking for fresh talent.
  8. Community Building: Open mic nights often create a sense of community among performers. Sharing the stage with like-minded individuals fosters a supportive environment where artists can inspire and motivate each other.
  9. Testing New Material: If you're a songwriter or comedian, open mics provide a space to test new material before a live audience. This real-time feedback helps you gauge audience reactions and refine your work.
  10. Enjoying the Experience: Performing in front of a live audience can be a thrilling and enjoyable experience. The energy and connection between performers and the crowd can make each open mic night a memorable and rewarding event.

In 2023 our open mic spots were so popular, at Out & Wild 2024 we will have three sessions; for poetry, music and comedy. We will open for booking slots in March and hold a few slots for late comers at the festival weekend.

PLUS, we will be hosting Open Mic Sessions in London (and hopefully beyond) during the Spring and holding spaces in case we find new talent for our main stages!

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