Bradford Open Mic Nights — The Top 10

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Bradford is a beautiful city in West Yorkshire that is lively, full of museums and amazing open mic nights. If you have never performed your music live before or are looking for more places to sing at, Bradford really does have you sorted with brilliant open mic nights.

Best Open Mic Nights in Bradford

So, if you are looking to perform at an open mic in Bradford or are looking for some new musicians to jam with, you’ve come to the right place. For more open mics in Yorkshire, see our article Yorkshire Open Mic Nights. Here are some of the best places to attend an open mic night in Bradford, in no particular order.

#1 Wireless Bar: Wireless Wednesdays

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Wireless is an indie, rock and blues bar that showcases local live talent in a variety of music events. Their weekly open mic night is called Wireless Wednesdays and is hosted by Tom and Luke, a local musical duo who bring a great lighthearted atmosphere to the night.

A full backline is provided with most musicians bringing their own instruments but you are more than welcome to borrow some fellows musicians ones too. The performances vary hugely from singer-songwriters to bands and genres from rock to blues. The crowd is always incredibly lively as they come to Wireless for the live music, so you will have a very attentive audience watching you perform.

Wireless Wednesdays certainly are an open mic night to remember, they’ve even won Yorkshire’s gig guide award! If you are looking to get booked to paid gigs on prime time Friday’s, it’s worth attending this open mic as they are actively looking for acts to book.

Venue location: Wireless Bar – 15 N Parade, Bradford, BD1 3JL
Phone number: 01274 733223
Open Mic Night: Every Wednesday from 8pm
Want to perform? Simply turn up early on the night


#2 The Underground: Open Mic Night

The Underground Bradford Open Mic Night

The Underground is a quirky live music venue then serves up one of the best music atmospheres. Johnny Bedford hosts this brilliant night, he is a very talented local musician who is more passionate than most about giving musicians the stage they need to perform live.

A full backline and every instrument you could dream of is provided on the night, from guitars to bass guitars and even a drum kit. So, if you are a full band looking to perform, this is the perfect open mic for you as well as solo artists.

The night is very chilled out with candles lighting up the building, a brilliant sound system and live recordings of your performance available.

Under 18s are welcome to perform from 7-9pm but after 9pm it’s 18+ only. The mixture of performances is absolutely huge, you never know what you might get from one night to the next.

Venue location: The Underground – 9 Duke St, Bradford, BD1 3QR
Phone number: 07599 234730
Open Mic Night: Every Thursday from 7pm
Want to perform? Simply turn up early on the night


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#3 Mini Creations Studio: Open Mic Night

#2 The Underground Bradford: Open Mic Night

Mini Creations Studio is an events venue that offers many amazing activities from craft workshops to live music. The monthly open mic night is hosted by the venue owner, Lauren, a passionate music lover who wants to keep live performances alive.

Musicians get to perform on a newly refurbished stage will a full PA system, you will feel famous performing on that stage. Performers are welcome to bring their own instruments if they should so need them. You can also enjoy photos and videos of your performance for free, allowing you to remember it forever.

The performances vary each and every month, keeping the night fresh and interesting. This is a brilliant night that allows you to meet other local musicians to potentially jam with in future.

Venue location: Mini Creations Studio – Denholme Mechanics Main Rd, Bradford, BD13 4BL
Phone number: 07469 191376
Open Mic Night: Last Saturday of every month 7-11pm
Want to perform? Simply turn up early on the night


#4 Mill Valley Brewery Tap: Open Mic Night

#4 Mill Valley Brewery Tap Open Mic Night

Mill Valley Brewery is a brilliant pub with a unique set of locally brewed craft beer and ciders, they love their live music too. The monthly open mic night is quite possibly one of the busiest ones in Bradford with an incredibly lively crowd and amazingly talented acts.

A full house band and set-up are available for you to use so they are incredibly flexible with whatever type of performer or genre you are. From solo acoustic acts to full bands, there is every single type of performer and any genre, anything goes at this popular open mic night.

The brilliant thing about Mill Valley Brewery’s open mic night is that every single month brings something new, you never quite know what to expect. You will definitely want to turn up early on the night to sign up though as it is very busy.

Venue location: Mill Valley Brewery – Woodroyd Mills, S Parade, Cleckheaton, BD19 3AF
Phone number: 07565 229560
Open Mic Night: Third Sunday of every month 5-8pm
Want to perform? Turn up before 5pm on the night


#5 The Barge: Open Mic Night

The Barge: Open Mic Night

The Barge is a friendly pub with a brilliant community vibe, they love putting on live music events and bringing a brilliant atmosphere. The weekly Thursday open mic night is hosted by Mick Brown, a popular local musician who is great at getting musicians of all abilities involved.

A full PA system is provided and performers are welcome to bring along their own instruments. The performances vary from acoustic solo acts to entire bands playing rock, it’s a very easygoing night and anything goes.

The night starts later than most, which means that it is usually pretty busy in the pub by that time. This brings with it a lively atmosphere, you might even get some of the crowd dancing if you play an upbeat tune.

Venue location: The Barge – 37 Mill Lane, Brighouse, HD6 1PA
Phone number: 01484 716138
Open Mic Night: Every Thursday 9-11pm
Want to perform? Just turn up early on the night


#6 George IV: Sunday Sessions

The George IV is a brilliant pub that loves putting on events to bring the local community together. The Sunday Sessions jam nights at the George IV have become extremely popular in Bradford and it’s extremely easy to see why.

A full backline and PA system are provided, instruments are also there for you to use so just bring along your singing voice. The enthusiastic atmosphere is infectious and it’s hard not to feel confident performing in front of such an attentive crowd.

All genres and abilities are welcome, whether you are a confident performer or it’s your first time, this night is perfect for all musicians. All performers get to enjoy a free supper so you won’t be performing on an empty stomach.

Venue location: George IV – 770 Bradford Rd, Birkenshaw, Bradford, BD11 2AH
Phone number: 01274 684383
Open Mic Night: Every Sunday 7pm until late
Want to perform? Just turn up early on the night


#7 The Kings Arms: Open Mic Night

The Kings Arms is a traditional pub steeped in history that loves hosting weekly live music events. The Sunday open mic night is hosted by the pub as they are extremely passionate about live music and giving small musicians the centre stage.

A full PA system, amps and sound system are all provided. You are free to bring along your own instruments if you so need them, otherwise backing tracks are available. Bands and solo musicians are equally as welcome along with all genres.

The night is incredibly popular so make sure that you get down there early to book yourself a slot. The audience and other musicians alike are so welcoming that you will immediately feel confident to perform.

Venue location: The Kings Arms – 2 Church St, Haworth, Keighley, BD22 8DR
Phone number: 01535 645197
Open Mic Night: Every Sunday from 6pm
Want to perform? Just turn up early on the night


#8 Brewery Tap: Whiskey Jam

Brewery Tap: Whiskey Jam

The Brewery Tap is a friendly local pub that often has live music events that the locals love. The monthly Whiskey Jam open mic nights are hosted by the Whiskey Shed band, a brilliant local group of musicians who claim to be going through a midlife crisis and love rock and roll.

This is a really relaxed, fun family-friendly open mic jam session. The Whiskey Shed will provide the backing track for each song and you can simply sing your heart out with the band. Whether you are a seasoned pro or a first-time performer, the band will welcome you with open arms.

The atmosphere is lively but chilled out, there are no expectations, it’s just a fun jam afternoon that absolutely anyone can enjoy. Keep up to date with the night on the band’s Facebook page.

Venue location: The Brewery Tap – 51 Albion Rd, Bradford BD10 9QE
Phone number: 07936 637204
Open Mic Night: Last Sunday of the month 4-8pm
Want to perform? Just turn up early on the night


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#9  The Salt Cellar: Open Mic Night

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The Salt Cellar is a classy gin and ale bar that serves up an amazing atmosphere and brilliant live music events. The weekly open mic night is hosted by Pete Burns who can play piano and provide vocals if needed. Pete is a fantastic host who makes everyone feel more than welcome on the night.

A full PA system, backline and instruments are provided, you are more than welcome to bring along your own equipment if you would prefer. There is a real community vibe to the night with many regulars performing and newcomers each week.

A light free supper is even provided on the house, you can’t feel much more welcome than that. This is the perfect open mic for anyone who is nervous about performing as it is quite possibly the friendliest open mic night around.

Venue location: The Salt Cellar – 192 Saltaire Rd, Shipley, BD18 3JF
Phone number: 01274 955051
Open Mic Night: Every Tuesday from 8:30pm onward
Want to perform? Just turn up early on the night


#10 The Royal: Open Mic Night

The Royal is a traditional pub that puts on fantastic music events from open mics to live bands and karaoke. The monthly open mic night is run by the pub itself as they are passionate advocates for live music.

A full band set up is provided so whether you are a solo artist, duo or band, you can simply just turn up and play without a hassle. The crowd is full of music lovers so it’s the perfect place to enjoy an attentive audience and get some opinions on your music.

The pub even puts on some food for the night to fuel your performance.

Venue location: The Royal – 22 Clayton Ln, Clayton, Bradford, BD14 6RF
Phone number: 01274 414371
Open Mic Night: First Monday of the month from 9:30pm
Want to perform? Just turn up early on the night


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The Britannia: Open Mic Night

The Britannia is a lovely local pub that puts on fantastic events that get the community together and help to develop new friendships. Their weekly open mic night is hosted by Jackson Lake, a talented local musician who knows how to create the perfect gig atmosphere.

A full PA system and house guitar are provided, although you are more than welcome to bring along your own instruments too. The night is incredibly fun with a lively atmosphere and an incredibly engaged audience.

You are welcome to play covers or original songs, no matter what your ability, you are always welcome to play.

Venue location: The Britannia – 239 Swinnow Rd, Leeds, LS28 9AP
Phone number: 0113 219 0305
Open Mic Night: Every Tuesday from 8:30pm
Want to perform? Show up early on the night


Ring O’ Bells: Open Mic Night

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Ring O’ Bells is a lovely local pub that serves up good food, drink and music. The monthly open mic night is hosted by Ruth Nielsen, a talented local pianist and singer who can provide backing and/or vocals for your performance if you need them.

A PA system, mics and keyboard are all provided, just bring along your lovely singing voice and any other instruments that you may need. The atmosphere really is lively and everyone is always excited to see new performances and hear songs they haven’t heard before.

Every musician gets a 3 song slot with room for more at the end when everyone collaborates with one final jam to end the night on a high.

Venue location: Ring O’ Bells – 3 Bradford Rd, Shipley, BD18 3PR
Phone number: 01274 584386
Open Mic Night: First Sunday of the month from 7pm onwards
Want to perform? Turn up early on the night


Martinez Bingley Wine Shop & Bar: Buskers Evening

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Martinez wines is a lovely wine bar with a huge selection of drinks and friendly atmosphere. The monthly open mic night is hosted by local musician Cornell Daley, he creates a brilliant atmosphere that you can’t help but feel confident in.

A full PA system and house guitar are all provided on the night, you just need to bring along your singing voice! The atmosphere is so lively and intimate as you are in quite a small space together, all enjoying brilliant music.

All genres and abilities are more than welcome, it’s a brilliant place for local musicians to gather and meet one another whilst performing brilliant music.

Venue location: Martinez Wine Bar – 110 Main St, Bingley, BD16 2JH
Phone number: 01274 565000
Open Mic Night: Second Sunday of the month 7-10pm
Want to perform? Let them know on the night.


The Bay Horse Inn: Open Mic Night

The Bay Horse Inn is a friendly real ale pub that regularly hosts live music events for the local community. Ruth Nielsen also hosts this open mic night, demonstrating her love for live music and giving smaller musicians centre stage. Singers get 3 songs each and can join in on a signers jam at the end of the night.

A keyboard is provided but other than that you are welcome to bring along your own instruments if you need them. Ruth is also happy to provide piano backing and/or vocals if you ask nicely. The atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly, it is almost like you are performing in your friends living room and you are likely to leave with some new friends too.

Venue location: The Bay Horse Inn – 35 Hebden Bridge Rd, Oxenhope, Keighley, BD22 9LN
Phone number: 01535 642921
Open Mic Night: Last Saturday of the month 8-11:30pm
Want to perform? Let them know on the night


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Kings Head: Open Mic Night

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The Kings Head is a popular live music venue and pub situated in an absolutely stunning building. The monthly open mic night is hosted by the venue itself and provides a friendly place to comfortably perform live in front of an audience.

A full PA system, mics, acoustic guitar and acoustic bass are all provided so you are very much sorted. However, you are more than welcome to bring along your own instruments too. The night is purely acoustic but other than that, you can sing any genre you like, as long as it’s acoustic.

Absolutely everyone is welcome and it’s a very friendly open mic. Lots of regulars perform so it’s a great way to get integrated into the local music scene.

Venue location: Kings Head – 18 St George’s Square, Huddersfield, HD1 1JF
Phone number: 01484 511058
Open Mic Night: Second Thursday of every month 8:30-11pm
Want to perform? Just turn up early on the night


So, that’s our list of the very best open mic nights in and around Bradford. Let us know if we have missed any! Will you be performing at any of these?

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