More than a Music Competition

Live Show (Bristol)

19:00 - 16th June

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The competition

Open Mic is the biggest nation-wide search for unsigned talent. From singer-songwriters and solo performers, to rap artists and vocal groups – over 10,000 performers take to the stage every year for this prestigious competition, offering prizes, exposure and benefits to every artist that comes along for the ride. Entry is open to everyone no matter the artist, no matter the genre and no matter the experience. The competition runs across the UK with live shows and events up and down the country culminating in a massive Grand Final at the amazing Alexandra Palace Theatre in London.

The Prizes

This is more than just a music competition. Not only does every artist get the chance to perform and gain valuable feedback from industry professionals, but they also get the chance to compete for over £70,000 worth of prizes.

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Perform for record labels

Not only will you perform to thousands of people and fans, you will also be performing for leading industry experts and major record label A&R reps. The potential is unmeasurable.

Meet the Judges

Other benefits

All artists get access to marketing tools, exclusive promotional offers and resources to improve your career.

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Other benefits

All artists get access to marketing tools, exclusive promotional offers and resources to improve your career.

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The format

The competition runs from August 2021 to July 2022 and is a mixture of on-demand audition performances, online shows and live events in some of the most amazing venues in the country. No matter where you are in the UK, you wont have to travel far to find your next stage to perform on.

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Schedule and Tickets

the auditions

Every contestant submits an audition. This is a simple video that shows off what you can do to our judges and the public. During this stage it’s all about getting votes base on your performance.

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the regionals

Making it through to the next stage will put contestants head to head with local acts in online and physical shows throughout the UK as they perform directly for our judges and audience in an attempt to get them ever closer to the Grand Final.

The Grand Final

An all out musical event spectacular is held to crown the winner as regional finalists are invited to perform at the Alexandra Palace Theatre in London for some of the biggest names in the business.

It's your stage

It doesn't matter the genre or whether it's an original song. You can be a solo artist or perform as a group. This stage is yours.

Grand Finale at the Alexandra Palace Theatre, London.


Use Your Phone To Audition

Auditioning is easy. You can even use your phone. Simply record a personal performance and upload it to your Artist Showcase where judges, friends, family and fans can vote for their favourite.

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