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OPEN MIC UK NATIONAL GRAND FINAL TO TAKE PLACE AT THE NEC, BIRMINGHAM

This year’s Open Mic UK National Grand Final will now take place at The NEC, Birmingham. The decision to move from the usual National Grand Final venue The O2 is due to an unsuccessful six months of negotiations with the London venue, where it was concluded we couldn’t accept the trebling of their usual hire fee to a proposed £25,000, which would render the Grand Final ticket prices either unworkable or too expensive for the audience to support their acts.

This article was written in 2013 so for the latest on Open Mic UK click here on the singing competition for all about the competiton.  

NEC BIRMINGHAM

Open Mic UK Director Chris Grayston says “It’s such a shame as we have had a date at The O2 held all this time, and after having the National Grand Final there for the last four years it seems a shame that we have not been able to successfully negotiate and finalise the booking. On the plus side, The NEC is also a great iconic venue which has seen the likes of Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga amongst many others perform there, and as it is centrally positioned in the country it should be within two hours of travel time for the majority of the acts and their supporters.”

Occupying a 620 acre site just eight miles from Birmingham City Centre, The NEC has seen a plethora of famous names perform there, including Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Queen, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, One Direction, Florence and the Machine, Jay Z and Kayne West, Cheryl Cole, Kelly Clarkson, Nicki Minaj, Muse, The Killers, The Script, Biffy Clyro, Britney Spears, Blink-182,  Metallica, Snow Patrol, The Spice Girls, Pet Shop Boys, Pink, Beyonce, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Jessie J Paramore and U2, amongst many others!

Four year’s ago The NEC underwent a £29 million redevelopment, making it one of the UK’s must-see live music venues.

The National Grand Final at The NEC will also feature a laser and pyrotechnic display.

Judges approached to judge for the National Grand Final already include BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale and Choice FM’s Ras Kwame, plus label representatives from Warner, Sony and Universal for what is sure to be a great National Grand Final as always.

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