Leeds Open Mic Nights — The Top 10

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Leeds definitely has quite the music scene, with huge successful bands including the Kaiser Chiefs and The Pigeon Detectives all originating from Leeds. Thankfully, the Leeds open mic nights certainly reflect their love for music and bring the very best opportunities to perform your music live in front of attentive audiences.

Best Open Mic Nights in Leeds

If you are planning on singing at an open mic night then Leeds really is the place to be with an abundance of awesome nights. Here are some of the best places to attend an open mic night in Leeds, in no particular order.

#1 Northern Guitars: Open Mic

Northern Guitars: Open Mic

Northern Guitars Cafe Bar is all about music, they have been selling pre-loved guitars since 1989. They have since also opened a bar in their guitar shop two years ago and haven’t looked back since. Live music is their flesh and blood and it’s really shown by the popularity of their awesome weekly open mic night.

The Northern Guitars Open Mic night is hosted by Live in the Hive, who organise gigs and music videos for musicians, so they really do know the industry. This open mic has only been running a year but it’s already proved to be extremely popular. A house guitar is provided which makes sense considering they sell guitars…

The singers that perform on the night are extremely talented and you’ll certainly meet some incredible musicians if you attend. The venue takes a picture of everyone individually who performs on the night to share on Facebook and they even professionally film you if you are willing to part with £20. The warm welcoming atmosphere is perfect for beginners and regulars.

Venue location:     Northern Guitars Cafe Bar – 41 Call Ln, Leeds, LS1 7BT
Phone number:   0113 234 1976
Open Mic Night:   Every Monday from 7pm
Want to perform?   Just turn up on the night


#2 The Grove Inn: ‘Open Mind’

Open Mind Grove Inn Leeds

The Grove Inn is a traditional Yorkshire pub with live music and a well-loved folk night which has been going since 1962. It has pretty much everything you need from a good pub.

Every Wednesday night is “Open Mind” (on account of there being no actual mics). It’s a totally unplugged “open mic” style session that’s been running for almost 25 years. It was previously known as “Leeds Unplugged”.

The night is hosted by Giles Winterton, with an honourable mention for Michael ‘Arthur’ Dailey, who holds the fort when he can’t make it.

It’s a lovely respectful, friendly and popular session, open to everyone. There are a couple of old guitars and a piano on offer if anyone needs them.

Over the years, they’ve had Corrine Bailey-Rae, Brendan Croker and Jon Gomm performing to name drop a few!

Venue location:     The Grove Inn – Back Row, Leeds, LS11 5PL
Phone number:   0113 244 2085
Open Mic Night:   Every Wednesday night from 8.30pm
Want to perform?   Just turn up on the night


#3 The Bankhouse Inn: The Talent LAB Open Mic

The Bankhouse Inn: The Talent LAB Open Mic

The Bankhouse Inn is home to a brilliant open mic night run by The Talent LAB and hosted by Ady and Vikki Martin, a couple that lives and breathe music. This open mic has been going for 6 years now and is incredibly well-known with different people showing up all of the time.

A full PA system is supplied with a microphone, keyboard and guitar. You are more than welcome to bring your own equipment too. The night does get very busy but its incredibly chilled out, people are encouraged to collaborate and it can often transform into one big jam session.

The Talent LAB Open Mic is a fantastic way to meet other musicians and build up your confidence when performing live. Furthermore, many of the performers at the open mic actually go on to be offered paid gigs at the venue on a Saturday or Sunday, so, you might want to make sure that you are singing your heart out.

Venue location:     The Bankhouse Inn – 40 Bankhouse Ln, Pudsey, LS28 8EB
Phone number:   0113 256 4662
Open Mic Night:   First Thursday of the month from 8-10:30pm
Want to perform?   Turn up on the night but check out the Facebook page for updates


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#4 The Pack Horse: Open Mic

The Pack Horse open mic is hosted by Christoffer Haugstulen who is an awesome Norwegian busker, singer and songwriter based in Leeds who has an undying passion for music. A mic, guitar and amp are all provided so there’s no need to worry about bringing your own equipment.

The general performing crowd are independent artists who play their own music with occasional covers. Rap artists and the occasional spoken poet are popular too. You will be able to enjoy a very chilled out night with many like-minded people in the main bar area of the pub.

You simply can’t beat the incredibly welcoming atmosphere where many lifelong friendships have been built. If you are nervous to perform, the host Chris will make sure that you are confident and will give you the entire spotlight.

Venue location:     The Pack Horse – Pack Horse Yard, Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6AT
Phone number:   0113 234 1311
Open Mic Night:   Every Monday from 8-10pm
Want to perform?   Just turn up on the night


#5 The Manor Inn: Open Mic

Open Mic Nights Leeds the manor inn Pudsey

The Manor Inn not only provides cracking drinks as a small, intimate real ale bar but also is known for its awesome live music.

This open mic night is run by the iconic Irish duo that makes up The Celtic Cowboys. A PA system, guitars and mics are all provided so all that you will need to bring is your lovely singing voice.

The evening will always be chilled, friendly and fun with customers that look forward to coming and watching all of the local talents perform. This open mic night attracts all kinds of acts from well-known local musicians to small first-time performers, meaning that everyone is welcome.

Venue location:     The Manor Inn – 3 Manor House St, Pudsey, LS28 7BJ
Phone number:   None
Open Mic Night:   Wednesday 8pm
Want to perform?   Let them know on the night


#6 Wapentake: Crooner Club Open Mic Night

Wapentake: Crooner Club Open Mic Night

Wapentake is a bakery and café in Leeds that comes to life at night with live music. The Crooner Club runs a fantastic open mic there with Samantha Jayne Hoare hosting, who is a Leeds-based musician.

The set-up is minimal and simple due to the small space but it works perfectly. All musicians really need anyway is a mic to work their magic, right? A medium-sized amp is also provided along with a guitar and piano so you really do have all you need.

If you are looking to perform something a little outside the box, the Crooner Club Open Mic Night is practically made for you. From Blues singers to harmonica players and folk singer-songwriters to ukulele players, this is an open mic that offers something new every single time.

The night is chilled out and relaxed, growing livelier as the evening goes on and the bar gets more and more popular. They pride themselves on the community vibe you get at this open mic night, many of the performers are regulars and know each other but newcomers are always welcomed with open arms, you are immediately a part of the friendly family atmosphere.

Located next to the bar and in amongst the customers, it’s an intimate setting and a night you won’t forget.

Venue location:     Wapentake Café – 92 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS2 7DJ
Phone number:   0113 243 6248
Open Mic Night:   Every Wednesday 8:30-11pm
Want to perform?   Check availability on the Crooner Club Facebook page


#7 The Chemic Tavern: Open Mic/Jam Night

The Chemic Tavern: Open Mic Night

The Chemic Tavern is a very traditional pub with an awesome community of artists, musicians and locals who love to socialise and perform at the pub. The open mic night is hosted by Cloth Cat Leeds, a local charitable music company which has been running for over 10 years now.

An in house guitar, drums, piano, backline and even sound engineers are provided, they really don’t do things in halves here. The crowd is extremely varied from singer-songwriters to rappers and even the occasional magician to break up the music. The small, intimate venue has an amazing supportive audience that makes everyone feel welcome and confident to perform.

Every week there is a different headlining artist/band to open and close the night, inspiring all of the open mic performers before singing on stage. This is a brilliant open mic night to attend if you want a taste of what live performance is like.

Venue location:     The Chemic Tavern – 9 Johnston St, Leeds, LS6 2NG
Phone number:   0113 245 7670
Open Mic Night:   Every Thursday from 8pm (except the first Thursday of every month)
Want to perform?   Just turn up on the night, you can always message Cloth Cat for any specific questions)


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#8 7 Steps: Open Mic Night

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7 Steps is a brilliant bar and eatery which truly values the importance of keeping live music alive in pubs and bars.

Local music lovers Vikki and Ady host this open mic night, they are always very encouraging and supportive of all acts, old and new.

Anyone is welcome and all are encouraged to join in for a great night of brilliant music, the night is friendly but does definitely get busy. A full PA system and acoustic guitar are provided. Musicians will also receive £3 pints so there really is no reason not to go along to this awesome open mic night.

Venue location:     7 Steps – 9 Chapeltown, Pudsey, LS28 7RZ
Phone number:   0113 257 0140
Open Mic Night:   Every Thursday 8:30-11:30pm
Want to perform?   Just turn up on the night


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#9 The Hanover Arms: Open Mic Night

Open Mic Night Leeds

The Hanover Arms is always on the lookout for new talent whether you are a solo artist, a duo, a trio or even an entire band. Everyone is catered for at this awesome open mic night, all styles and abilities are more than welcome, making it a great atmosphere to perform live at, especially if you are nervous and it’s your first time.

A full PA system is provided, just bring your own instrument if you need one. Make sure that you get there early though as it is first come first served, so you will want to be keen in order to reserve your spot.

Venue location:     The Hanover Arms – Hanover Arms, 65 Lower Wortley Rd, Leeds, LS12 4SL
Phone number:   0121 272 5497
Open Mic Night:   Every Sunday from 7:30pm
Want to perform?   Let them know on the night


#10 The Ship Inn: Something for Tuesday Open Mic

The Ship Inn: Something for Tuesday Open Mic

The Ship Inn is a brilliant local bar in Leeds that has been running their “Something for Tuesday” open mic night for many years. Julian Socha and Tania Rose host the night, they are passionate music lovers and aren’t shy of performing themselves either.

A full PA, mics and stands are provided, however, performers must bring their own instruments if needed. Generally, the performances are acoustic singers/songwriters, solos, duos and even the occasional band. Anything goes at this open mic so don’t be afraid to try something different.

The beauty of this open mic night is that there’s never a typical night there, sometimes it’s chilled, sometimes it’s loud and the music is different every single time.

Venue location:     The Ship Inn – 1 Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LH
Phone number:   0113 246 8031
Open Mic Night:   Every Tuesday 8:30-11pm
Want to perform?   Message their open mic Facebook page to book your slot


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The Fox and Newt: Tower of Song Open Mic

The Fox and Newt: Tower of Song Open Mic
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Hosted by Nicky Bray and Carl Flattery—both singer-songwriter who’ve been playing in local bands around Leeds for years—this open mic has been running since 2013 and is a well-loved and popular night.

It’s held in the upstairs room of the Fox & Newt pub in Leeds city centre (opposite Leeds City College) – performers bring their own instruments and they provide a PA and venue sound engineer.

The aim of the night is to welcome, encourage and inspire songwriters of all styles and abilities to write songs and to provide a supportive and inclusive environment in which to perform them.  They also set a different theme and musical style each month, based on audience suggestions from the previous month’s event; past themes include, “Beginnings”, “Black sheep of the family” and “Celebrity crushes”, and past musical styles include, “One-minute songs”, “Bond themes” and “60s girl groups”.

They find that most people relish the challenge of writing to a theme, but they are also welcome to play original songs which aren’t on theme – the only rule is that covers aren’t allowed, due to the aim to encourage songwriting.  There’s always a really fun and friendly atmosphere – the audience is really attentive and respectful during the performances, apart from whooping and cheering at the appropriate moments!

It’s always brilliant to see the different ways in which people interpret the same theme, and to see their regulars often venture outside their comfort zone when experimenting with new subject matter, styles, instruments and techniques.  Over the years they’ve seen many songwriters grow in confidence and ability, and some have also joined forces to write collaboratively after meeting at the night.

A great night to get involved in, they’ve also recently run their first night in Newcastle, so keep and eye on their Facebook page if you’d like to join in.

Venue location:    The Fox and Newt– 9 Burley Street, Leeds, LS3 1LD
Phone number:  
Open Mic Night:   First Thursday of the month from 8pm
Want to perform?   Check their Facebook Page


The New Inn: Open Mic

The New Inn is a small, cosy and intimate pub that offers a relaxed atmosphere and a very welcoming open mic night. Talented musicians of all ages attend this very well-known open mic, probably because it’s the longest running open mic in Leeds, its been around for 15 years.

The night is hosted by Mike Shaw who is a very talented musician and singer, his harmonica skills cannot be matched. Mike is accompanied by Lee who is a brilliant guitarist. Musicians bring their own instruments but a PA system is provided.

The music is general classic rock but there is such a variety that you shouldn’t be afraid to try something different. Many of the performers at the open mic actually end up getting booked by the pub for paid gigs so it can open some doors for aspiring musicians.

Venue location:     The New Inn – 17 Main St Barwick in Elmet, Leeds, LS15 4JF
Phone number:   0113 345 7351
Open Mic Night:   Last Sunday of every month 8:15pm
Want to perform?   Just turn up on the night


Growlers: Open Mic Night

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Growlers in Leeds have only been running their open mic night for a couple of weeks but it has already been hugely popular. Richard Rands hosts the night with his company Muted Productions, they are a live events and sound business which make them perfect to run a professional-standard open mic night.

Even though the night hasn’t been running long, they have already had beatboxers, acoustic acts, solo instrumentals, flamenco guitar, metal guitar, and more performing on the night. Anything really does go at this open mic so feel free to be as creative as you would like.

If you’re looking to get a feel for the venue, you can enjoy live music and DJs on a Friday and Saturday too, if you feel like playing on these nights, they are willing to take bookings.

Venue location:     Growlers – 29 Otley Rd, Leeds, LS6 3AA
Phone number:   0113 274 1050
Open Mic Night:   Every Wednesday from 7:30pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up on the night


The Great Northern: Open Mic Night

The Great Northern open mic is well known amongst local people in Leeds, it is a great night that you don’t want to miss. The night is hosted by Sean O’Sullivan who is a music lover and performer, he is experienced in running the night and always makes new people feel welcome.

There is a full backline provided so all you will need to bring is your own personal instruments if you need them. Every style of music is catered for and absolutely anyone can perform, from beginner to professional.

Venue location:     The Great Northern – 213 Richardshaw Ln, Pudsey, LS28 6AA
Phone number:   0113 204 7891
Open Mic Night:   Every Thursday from 8:30pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up on the night


Wetherby Brew Co: Open MicOpen Mic Comedy Leeds

Wetherby Brew Co is a fantastic microbrewery and bottle shop, serving the very best local beers that are suitable for all tastes. They also serve up a fantastic monthly open mic night that has quickly become hugely popular.

PA and lighting are all provided, you will feel like you are performing at your own personal live concert. They welcome all genres and abilities at the friendly informal venue with an incredibly receptive audience.

With brilliant acoustics and a free pint for all performers, you can’t really go wrong attending this open mic.

Venue location:     Wetherby Brew Co – York Road Estate, York Rd, Wetherby, LS22 7SU
Phone number:   01937 584637
Open Mic Night:   Third Thursday of every month from 7pm
Want to perform?   Simply turn up on the night


Tipsy Cow: Open Mic Night

The Tipsy Cow open mic night has steadily been growing in popularity throughout the years and is now known as one of the best open mic nights in Morley and the surrounding areas, that’s quite a title. Hosted by Billy Mitchell Music, a local who is a talented musician too.

A PA system and guitars are provided so just bring your singing voice and any other instruments that you may need. Performers can enjoy frees drinks and if you really impress the pub with your talents then they might just offer you some paid gigs.

Venue location:     Tipsy Cow – Town End, Middleton Rd, Morley, Leeds, LS27 9BL
Phone number:   07985 632717
Open Mic Night:   Every Wednesday 7pm until late
Want to perform?   Simply turn up on the night


Fenton Pub: The Fenton Boogie

Fenton Pub: The Fenton Boogie

The Fenton Pub is a great place in Leeds for live music, they recognise its value and are always putting on fantastic live music events. The Fenton Boogie has been going for a long time and is fully established at an awesome open mic night that you don’t want to miss out on.

A full backline, PA, bass and electric guitar are all provided, so all you need to bring is your awesome singing voice. There is a new headline act that opens the night every week, giving you some inspiration and an awesome show to calm your nerves before your performance.

You can book in advance on their Facebook group or sign up on the night, be sure to get their early though as it is very popular. Sets are 30 mins so it’s a good idea to plan what you are going to perform in advance.

Venue location:     Fenton Pub, 161-165 Woodhouse Ln, Leeds LS2 3ED
Phone number:   0113 243 1382
Open Mic Night:   Every Tuesday from 8pm
Want to perform?   Check out their Facebook page and join their group for updates


The Old Kings Arms: Open Mic Night

The Old Kings Arms Open Mic prides itself on welcoming all styles and abilities to its friendly pub atmosphere. Not only will you get a chance to perform in front of an attentive audience but also meet the local talent and perhaps even leave with some new friends. Hosted by Tim Gomersall, a local musician who loves discovering new talent, you will feel at home right away.

They encourage you to book your slot in advance via their dedicated Facebook page which will ensure you a performance and a free pint at the end of it, not too bad at all. A full PA system is provided, so you will just need to bring whatever instrument you need and get singing.

Venue location:     The Old Kings Arms – The Green, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5JB
Phone number:   0113 345 2430
Open Mic Night:   Every other Wednesday 7:30-10:30pm
Want to perform?   Message the dedicated Facebook page


The Malt Shovel: Open Mic Night

The Malt Shovel: Open Mic Night

The Malt Shovel is a friendly local pub that has a love for live music.

Aiden Garbutt hosts this Thursday open mic night. A music lover and performer himself, he makes sure that everyone feels comfortable and confident performing live.

A full PA system is provided, you are just expected to bring your own instrument on the night. All styles and abilities are welcome, they typically get a very varied night full of different genre, so anything goes.

Performers also get a free pint so you really can’t go too wrong.

Venue location:     The Malt Shovel – 21 Crab Ln, Leeds, LS12 3AG
Phone number:   0113 263 7082
Open Mic Night:   Every Thursday from 8pm
Want to perform?   Just turn up on the night


The Salt Cellar: Acoustic Open Mic

The Salt Cellar is a fantastic gin and ale bar that brings people from all over Leeds together to celebrate the great live music they have on offer. They welcome singers, musicians and just listeners to their weekly acoustic open mic night that brings everyone together for a brilliant night of music.

Pete Burns hosts and provides piano or vocals for the performers, depending on what it is they need. You can sing anything you like as long as it works with the acoustic theme, performers get a free supper too so there really is no excuse not to go.

Venue location:     The Salt Cellar – 192 Saltaire Rd, Shipley, BD18 3JF
Phone number:   0127 495 5051
Open Mic Night:   Every Tuesday from 8:30pm onwards
Want to perform?   Simply turn up on the night


The Hop Shack: Rebel Heart open mic

The Rebel Heart night at The Hop Shack is said to be one of the friendliest open mic nights around so this is the place to be, especially if you are nervous about performing live in front of a crowd.

A PA system and guitar are provided so just be sure to bring along that beautiful singing voice. They guarantee a great time with all styles and abilities welcome, not only will you get the chance to perform in front of a friendly audience but you will have an awesome night enjoying the amazing local talent.

Venue location:     The Hop Shack – 135 New Rd Side, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 4QD
Phone number:   0113 281 9148
Open Mic Night:   Second Wednesday of every month 8-11pm
Want to perform?   Check out their Facebook event page for updates


So now you know where to perform in Leeds there are no excuses to get out there and get performing!

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