Swansea Open Mic Nights – The Top 10 Best Nights
Swansea is a great music hub in the South of Wales. Open mic nights here are usually found in live music pubs and clubs. Head down to any of these nights to enjoy the local artists or fill the stage yourself! Swansea open mic nights co-ordinate with each other so that almost every day has something on.
The Best Open Mic Nights in Swansea
Looking for an open mic night in Swansea? These venues attract the best of the city’s breakthrough musical talent, in no particular order.
#1 The Uplands Tavern: Open Mic Night
The Tav – as it’s known to the locals in the area – has earned the reputation as the best live music venue in South Wales.
They’ve had an open mic night running for at least 20 years. It’s been hosted by Alan Margetson for the las 5 or 6 years; he’s a banjo player with a band called Up The Creek (he also plays guitar during the open mics ).
They have a lovely stage area at the rear of the pub. Full backline is provided, plus they have a drum kit and there’s access to a guitar through Alan, but people tend to bring their own.
Typically, there are all sorts of performers – solo acoustics, duo, trios, full bands… covering a range of genres. They also occasionally have people performing spoken word and poetry… anything goes really.
|Venue location:||The Uplands Tavern – 42 Uplands Crescent, Swansea, SA2 0PG|
|Open Mic Night:||Mondays from 8.30pm|
|Want to perform?||Just let the host know on the night|
#2 The Arch Bar and Nightclub: Open Mic Night
This weekly Open Mic Night, hosted by Luke Evans welcomes singers, guitarists, drummers, bassists, and musicians of all abilities to come and meet with others for the biggest jam around. Running for over five years, their Open Mic Night has helped some musicians start their careers as well as forming some of the favourite local bands.
They also welcome spectators who love music to come and witness some of the finest live music you’ll find anywhere in Wales mid-week.
No entry fee, no sign up required, just a laid back, friendly atmosphere and a stage waiting for your presence.
|Venue location:||The Arch Bar and Nightclub – 11 Commercial St, Neath, SA11 1SB|
|Phone number:||07519 273859|
|Open Mic Night:||Thursdays 8:30pm|
|Want to perform?||Just turn up and play|
#3 Oyster Lounge: Paul & Bry’s Open Mic
Hosted by Paul, with Bryan in control of the sound, the Oyster Lounge open mic is always a welcoming atmosphere.
No booking in is required, just turn up at 8:30pm for a guaranteed slot. Inside the venue is one long room with a distinct stage area.
The night has an acoustic vibe, with solo, duos, trios, and bands. Covers and original songs are equally welcome here.
Each act is recommended to play 2/3 songs per night. P.A system for vocal and instruments with 4/5 mics are provided. Monitor Line 6, a 30-watt guitar amp – for electric guitars and bass, and finally, a Cajon are all provided.
It’s always a great atmosphere, and a good amount of club-goers just come to listen. Don’t expect folk club silence!
|Venue location:||Oyster Lounge – 4 Western Ln, The Mumbles, Swansea, SA3 4DX|
|Phone number:||Contact Paul 07974141797|
|Open Mic Night:||Thursdays 8:30-11:30pm|
|Want to perform?||Just turn up and play|
Swansea Open Mic near me
Thinking of attending your first open mic night? Here’s what to expect:
#4 Noah’s Yard: Howl
Hosted by Iqbal Malik, Howl is the longest-running open mic night in Swansea.
The night that’s been going for over 10 years now is very popular with the locals. As well as welcoming musical performances, Howl gives you the chance to showcase your lyric writing through supporting poetry and spoken word performances.
Equipment and instruments are provided as a standard house-mic setup. All musicians are welcome.
Typical performances range from spoken word, music, poetry, and comedy. The night is very chilled with a laid back vibe. It can sometimes get busier when the students are back during term time though.
Head to the upstairs room at Noah’s Yard pub (Uplands) – a busy, happening quarter of Swansea. There’s no stage, rather just an intimate performance setting.
Performances can be up to 5 minutes per person – although people can put their name down again for the second half.
|Venue location:||Noah’s Yard – 38 Uplands Cres, Uplands, Swansea, SA2 0PG.|
|Phone number:||01792 447360|
|Open Mic Night:||Third Thursday of the month at 8:30pm|
|Want to perform?||To perform, just turn up and sign up on the night.|
#5 The Crofty Inn: Paul & Bry’s Open /Mic
Hosted by Paul and Bryan, the Crofty Inn open mic is always a great open mic to drop in to.
No booking in is required for this one, just turn up at 8:45pm for a guaranteed slot. The venue itself is a cosy pub with a small stage area.
The night mainly features acoustic performances with solo, duos, trios, and bands. Covers and original songs equally welcome here too.
Each act is recommended to play 2/3 songs per night. P.A system for vocal and instruments with 4/5 mics are provided. Monitor Line 6, z 30-watt guitar amp – for electric guitars and bass, and finally, a Cajon are all provided.
It’s always a chilled out atmosphere, with mainly musicians attending. A great networking opportunity!
|Venue location:||The Crofty Inn – 71 Pencaerfenni Ln, Crofty, Swansea, SA4 3SW|
|Phone number:||Contact Paul 07974141797|
|Open Mic Night:||Fourth Tuesday of the month, from 8:45-11:00pm|
|Want to perform?||Just turn up and play|
#6 The Vivian Arms: Open Mic Night
The open mic at The Vivian Arms is proving to be a popular evening, normally having 12 planned sessions per night (15 mins/3 songs) from local and visiting artists.
It’s mainly acoustic artists, with occasionally some poetry. It’s hosted by Ian and his wife, Christine, who provide PA, 3 mics, 3 instrument leads, Cajon and percussion bits and pieces (Ian lends his guitar to those who appear trustworthy!)
They utilise a separate area of the pub to the main bar (but still open to the rest of the pub). The night starts at 8.30pm and finishes at around 11:00pm. People turn up and select a 15-minute slot so that everyone has a fair chance.
Make sure not to miss this one!
|Venue location:||The Vivian Arms – 104 Gower Rd, Sketty, Swansea, SA2 9BZ|
|Phone number:||07779 525285|
|Open Mic Night:||First and third Mondays of the month, 8:30-11:00pm|
|Want to perform?||Performance slots are available to claim on the night|
#7 The Valley Folk Club: Open Mic
The Valley Folk Club open mic meets in Glais on various Fridays every month. They try to use the 1st Friday each month for open mic nights and the 3rd Friday for Guest Nights.
These sometimes move to accommodate the guest or other events at the Rugby Club. When there is a 5th Friday in the month, they either have an extra Open Night, sometimes with a showcase, or a 50/50 Guest Night with 2 acts each doing one set.
Their open mic nights are always a warm welcome – they’re extended to everyone to sing, play, recite or just enjoy. They sometimes allow a short set showcasing visiting performers.
Open nights are £3 (to cover room charge). They are on Facebook – see their Pontardawe, Valley Folk Club page here.
|Venue location:||Glais Rugby Football Club – 609, Birchgrove Rd.Glais, nr Clydach Swansea, SA7 9EN|
|Phone number:||01792 862062|
|Open Mic Night:||Fridays, 8pm|
|Want to perform?||Turn up and play, or email them in advance|
#8 Copper Wine Bar: Talisman Open Mic
Talisman has been running for about eight years and started Tino’s on Wind Street before relocating to its current location at Copper Wine Bar, on Castle Street, Swansea.
It is jointly run by David Churchill and Rebecca Lowe, with regular attenders taking a turn as MCs for the evening.
They have about twenty people on a typical night, with a featured poet once a month. Every Talisman is different, but on you might have a mix of traditional poetry, performance-style poetry or rap, short stories, skits/short plays, and even a song or two. Anything goes.
They’ve welcomed many feature poets who’ve gone on to achieve great things, but they’ve also welcomed people who’ve read here for the first time in public, and all are guaranteed a good reception.
Back in 2016, under the editorship of Annie Pelleschi, they published a book ‘Ten Swansea Writers’ featuring the work of some of our regular attenders. As a result, some of them were invited to perform with a poetry group in Merrimac, Massachusetts, and were published in their anthology ‘Merrimack Mic: the river widens.’
Mics and amp provided. A chilled night (normally), it takes place in the main bar of Copper. Turn up and sign up on the door, from 7:00pm. Latecomers will be accommodated wherever we can but can’t always guarantee a spot if it’s busy.
|Venue location:||Copper Wine Bar – 38-39 Castle St, Swansea, SA1 1HZ|
|Phone number:||01792 456689|
|Open Mic Night:||First and last Tuesdays of the month, 7:45-9:45pm|
|Want to perform?||Just turn up and sign up from 7:00pm|
#9 Pink Geranium: Open Mic Night
Here’s a wildcard for you all! This brand new open mic night is just starting.
Happening on Thursdays, this open mic night is run by Samuel Jay Couch. Open to all, make sure to be the first people down there when it starts in the forthcoming weeks.
Bring all the necessary equipment that you might need just in case, keep your eyes peeled for updates soon.
|Venue location:||Pink Geranium – 31 Herbert St, Pontardawe, Swansea, SA8 4EB|
|Phone number:||01792 862255|
|Open Mic Night:||Thursdays from 7pm|
|Want to perform?||Performance slots are available on the night|
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#10 Bluebell Coffee & Kitchen: Open Mic / Gig Night
A slightly different style night to most – this night usually features a small handful of performers and treats it as an informal gig.
Make sure to phone to register your interest as a performer and ensure you turn up by 7:00pm at the latest to guarantee you a slot to play.
Equipment provided includes a mic and speakers. If you don’t have an electroacoustic guitar there are normally spares on the evening.
|Venue location:||Bluebell Coffee & Kitchen – 17-18 Carnglas Court, Carnglas Road, Swansea, SA2 9BL|
|Phone number:||01792 207891|
|Open Mic Night:||Saturdays, 7:00pm|
|Want to perform?||Ring up to book a slot in advance|
Best Monthly Open Mics in Swansea
The Black Boy: Open Mic Night
Happening on the last Wednesday of every month, The Black Boy is a great open mic night to consider if you’re in Swansea.
All styles welcome, a house band is available to play with or you can perform solo.
A small drum kit is provided and performers are allowed to play 2 songs each. If there’s extra time at the end of the evening more can be done then.
|Venue location:||The Black Boy – 444 Gower Rd, Killay, Swansea SA2 7AJ|
|Phone number:||01792 299469|
|Open Mic Night:||Last Wednesday of the month, 9:00-11:00pm|
|Want to perform?||Email in advance to pre-book a slot.|
Cambrian Arms: Neath Cheval Poems and Pints
Hosted by the Cheval Trust for the Terry Hetherington Young Writers Award, Neath Cheval Poems and Pints has been running for almost 9 years now.
If you want to play here, just sign up on the door. Attendance can vary anywhere between 12-30 people. Poetry is popular here, but music is very welcome.
It takes place in a room upstairs, so there’s no noise from the bar. People sign-up on the door so that everyone has a chance to play. The night normally starts around 7:30pm and finishes at 10:00 or 10:30pm depending on attendance.
Phil Knight is the MC. It’s a very informal night with no big introductions, they try to keep it relaxed. The room as a low roof so there no need for a mic. They have one if people want to use it, but they do they can sometimes “blow people’s ears out.”
The evening is filmed for the website/YouTube, but they will stop filming if some does not want their performance filmed.
|Venue location:||Cambrian Arms – 49 Briton Ferry Rd, Neath, SA11 1AR|
|Phone number:||01639 641556|
|Open Mic Night:||First Thursday of the month, 7:30pm|
|Want to perform?||Sign up on the Door|
What should performers expect from a jam night?
Cinema and Co: Live Poets’ Society
If you like radical poetry, rap and music with a political edge, this is the open mic for you.
Doors usually open at 7:00pm, finishing at around 11:00pm. There is a bar with refreshments, and entry will be whatever you can afford, although £4 per person would help us cover costs and keep these events going.
If you would like to be featured before the event, send pictures and a short bio to Tim Evans through their Facebook page
|Venue location:||Cinema and Co – 17 Castle St, Swansea, SA1 1JF|
|Phone number:||07305 908260|
|Open Mic Night:||Days vary. Monthly.|
|Want to perform?||Turn up and play or message their Facebook page in advance|
So now you know where to find the best Swansea open mics, there are no excuses for not getting out there and get performing!
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