Open mic nights

Open-mic nights in Leicester and Leicestershire for 2019

This page is being updated and was last edited on 22nd May 2019.

NB – Before setting off for a venue please check to see if the night is still taking place. Facebook is the best place to do this. Failing that check the webpage for the venue.

Acoustic music

‘Acoustic’ refers to music played primarily by solo singers or instrumentalists, although in practice this often includes duos, trios and small ensembles. Traditionally ‘acoustic’ music was entirely unplugged, i.e. not involving any electrical amplification. However, most performances in Leicester, these days, involve people playing the guitars with some electrical amplification and it is also possible to see fully electric bands playing at events billed as ‘acoustic nights’. Wikipedia Acoustic music.

Information will be posted here as it comes in. Please check with the venue before you set out; we cannot guarantee that the information we have is up to date and some events are liable to change, so it is best to check.

In order of the day of the week.

Open-mics on Monday

One of the best is the City Acoustic Club and this takes place on Mondays at The Musician, Clyde Street, Leicester, starting around 8.30 p.m. Entry is free.

The list below is being checked and is not yet finalised. 17/5/91.

City Acoustic Club page on Facebook

There is acoustic music session every Monday night at the Queen Victoria pub in Syston. It kicks off at 9 pm. Banjos fiddles flutes etc. all welcome. Mainly traditional styles of music.

Monday evenings at The Shed, Leicester, Yeoman Street.

Open-mics on Tuesday

The SoundHouse, Southampton Street, Leicester. LE1 1SJ. Tuesday nights have become very popular and usually have a reasonably good audience. Artists are advised to arrive between 7 and 7.30 p.m. to sign up for a slot. First come, first served. For the latest information see Rhett Barrow’s page on Facebook and or contact Jack Franklin.

The Bakers Arms, Blaby, LE8 4FQ, First Tuesday of the month at 8:30 pm

Acoustic club every Tuesday, Get more details from  Cliff Bywater’s page on Facebook

Open-mics on Wednesday

The Old Plough, Front Street, Birstall, LE4 4DP on the last Wednesday of every month, from 8 pm to 11 pm. Hosted by Cliff Bywater.

For more information go to Cliff Bywater’s website.

Keepers Lodge, Beaumont Leys. 2nd Weds of the month – next one 12th June, 8.30., courtesy of Al Sansome.

Open mic first Wednesday of the month 2Funky Music Cafe.

Syston, 4th Wednesday of the month – Queen Victoria, Syston. 9 pm start. All of the Open Mics are acoustic Open Mics and we provide a full PA including 16 channel Yamama desk, Mackie speakers, numerous mics, monitor and assorted percussion if required! Contact details for all of the Open Mics is me – David Moore – David@studio3zero.co.uk or 07784 787038. If you need any further information then please do get in touch!

Dunton Bassett, New open mic on the first Wednesday of every month, at the Dunton Bassett Arms, LE17 5JJ. Starts at 8 pm.

Manhattan34, Leicester. There is a new open mic there that runs every other Wednesday. On Facebook, see the Manhattan Wednesday groupSee the Manhattan Bar page on FB.

Sileby’s premier pub The Horse and Trumpet is the site of an enjoyable and fun Jam Night taking place every Wednesday starting 8.30. We have a full kit for electric guitar and electro-acoustic, bass, drums and PA. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, a good pint and some live music. Entry is free and all performers are welcome. For information visit the Facebook page for Open mic at Horse and Trumpet

Earl Shilton, At the Constitutional Club, LE9 7GE. Third Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. Get more details from Facebook

Open-mics on Thursday

The Song Club at the Donkey. Since February 2006, Donkey promoter, Gaz Birtles has been presenting The Song Club at The Donkey. His choice of up and coming and established local and national (and sometimes International) acts have built a reputation that ensures a regular, music-loving audience each month. No matter who is on. This first Thursday of the month night has become synonymous with quality, original and eclectic genres of live music. 4 acts each month playing 30-minute sets (generally acoustically but not specifically so) presented in a warm and friendly atmosphere that The Donkey easily generates! Music starts at 8.30pm and is free to get in.

See the Facebook page for The Donkey.

1st Thursday of the month – Queens Head, Belton. 9 pm start. 2nd Thursday of the month – Hare and Hounds, Whitwick. 9 pm start. 3rd Friday of the month – New Bardon Coalville. 9 pm start. 4th Wednesday of the month – Queen Victoria, Syston. 9 pm start. All of the Open Mics are acoustic Open Mics and we provide a full PA including 16 channel Yamama desk, Mackie speakers, numerous mics, monitor and assorted percussion if required! Contact details for all of the Open Mics is me – David Moore – David@studio3zero.co.uk or 07784 787038. If you need any further information then please do get in touch! Cheers

Northampton

Singers, Musicians and Music Lovers wanted for the Thursday Sessions at The Cons Club, Rushden, High Street South, Northamptonshire. This night is for electric and acoustic players. Mic Night Every Thursday. Great Sound System. The drinks are very cheap. Starts around 9 pm until late. If you like to sing or play or just like live music. Come Along and have some fun and meet some new people. This is not just an acoustic night. So feel free to bring whatever instrument you like to play.

The Cons Club, High Street South, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 0QX

Any Questions Phone: 01933 312445 or Call John 07970747593.

Narborough open mic is held at Old Inn on the first Tuesday of the month, Cliff Bywater told us.

Open-mics on Friday

Coalville

3rd Friday of the month – New Bardon Coalville. 9 pm start. 4th Wednesday of the month – Queen Victoria, Syston. 9 pm start. All of the Open Mics are acoustic Open Mics and we provide a full PA including 16 channel Yamama desk, Mackie speakers, numerous mics, monitor and assorted percussion if required! Contact details for all of the Open Mics is me – David Moore – david@studio3zero.co.uk or 07784 787038. If you need any further information then please do get in touch! Cheers

Open-mics at the weekend

Upcoming music events in Melton with live bands every Fri and Sat night, original artist showcase and open mic nights on Thursdays and on Sundays will have a blues, bluegrass, folk, jazz (eclectic) gig for something a bit different.

Noels Arms on Facebook

First Sunday of the month – acoustic session, The Queen’s Head, Billesdon.

See also:

Our page about Leicester/shire’s singers.

Our list of music venues in Leicester

Our article about how to get a gig in Leicester (mainly for bands)

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