Swindon & Wiltshire Open Mic Nights – The Top 10 Best Nights Near Me
Swindon and Wiltshire are the homes to several great open mics in the south. Open mic nights here are normally found in live music pubs and clubs. Make sure to bring your instrument along to these!
The Best Open Mic Nights in Swindon and Wiltshire
Looking for an open mic night in Swindon and Wiltshire? In no particular order, these venues attract the best musical talent.
#1 The Regent: Big Jam Session
Tiffiny Townsend has hosted The Big Jam Session in different venues for the best part of 20 years now. The night first started at the Club 2000, now it’s at The Regent Hotel on Victoria Hill, Swindon.
All backline and p.a are provided at this one. They get a mixture of covers and originals, so everyone is welcome.
Every Wednesday this is usually a very busy. This means you’ll have a great crowd to play to.
|Venue location:||The Regent Hotel – 151-152 Victoria Rd, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 3BU|
|Phone number:||01793 536313|
|Open Mic Night:||Wednesdays, 9-11pm|
|Want to perform?||Turn up and play|
What should performers expect from a jam night?
#2 The Tawny Owl: Open Mic Night
The open mic at The Tawny Owl is run by Jordan Marvell in North Swindon, every other Sunday between 6-9pm in the evening.
They usually have about 12 acts that come along in. Equipment provided includes a p.a, two mics and mic stands, all the cables, a keyboard, and a box drum. Jordan contacts all of the acts before the open mic to see who can perform to get an idea of timings and some people do just turn up on the night as well.
They aim to give the artists as much time as possible to perform. The Tawny Owl open mic has everything from swing, reggae, rock, pop, and even some musicals. The playing area is visible as soon as you walk through the pub’s doors.
|Venue location:||The Tawny Owl – Taw Hill, North Swindon, Swindon, Wiltshire SN25 1WR|
|Phone number:||01793 706770|
|Open Mic Night:||Every other Sunday, 6-9pm|
|Want to perform?||Contact Jordan to organise a slot|
#3 The Avon Brewery: Open Mic
Hosted by Heather McCarnun, the open mic at the Avon Brewery is a relatively new one – it’s been running for 2 months.
Equipment provided includes full amp, mic, and ukulele they also provide the opportunity to use backing tracks and karaoke off YouTube via Bluetooth.
They get all sorts from rock covers to acoustic to sax players. The nights are very chilled but they get a fair few artists but are flexible with times.
It takes place at the front of the pub downstairs; the night starts at 7:30PM and finishes at 10.30pm but they do often go on later if they’re busy.
As a whole, The Avon Brewery is a very accepting open mic and welcomes performers of all genres. For every performer, you’ll get a free bottle of Budweiser and all the encouragement of the friendly and accepting locals!
|Venue location:||The Avon Brewery – 75 Castle St, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3SP|
|Phone number:||01722 334744|
|Open Mic Night:||Wednesdays, 7:30-10:30pm|
|Want to perform?||Turn up on the night and play|
#4 The Market Inn: Open Mic
Hosted by Ben Williams, this open mic is another great one to come down to on a Thursday night.
People tend to bring their instruments to this one, but they always have a p.a and a guitar for anyone to use.
There is also an opportunity to have backing tracks (like a karaoke format) so that people who don’t play, but love to sing, can always get up and perform.
It takes place downstairs in the Market Inn. It runs from 8-10pm, then they usually have a headline act from 10-11pm.
If people want to get involved they need to be there for 7pm to sign up as they can often get busy.
Ben has said that the open mic is open to all genres of music. He sings and raps himself, and he would love to hear some more rappers coming along on Thursday nights.
|Venue location:||The Market Inn – 16 Butcher Row, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 1EP|
|Phone number:||01722 324528|
|Open Mic Night:||Thursdays from 8pm|
|Want to perform?||Performance slots are available to claim on the night from 7pm|
#5 The George and Dragon: Open Mic
The George & Dragon open mic has been running for about a year and starts from 6pm on a Sunday.
They have two mics on stands with the option of a third, and two jack lead inputs for instruments and an output socket. This has connectors for phones should anyone fancy a bit of YouTube karaoke.
It takes place right by the front door, as you walk into the bar. It’s on the left, so you can always hear what’s going on anywhere in the pub.
The night is a mix of all sorts and can be chilled or busy. They’ve had singers, musicians, songwriters, poets and even magicians turn up to show off their talents. They’ve also had Tibetan spirit bowl ringing before!
People just turn up on the night and they’re added to the list – typically everyone gets four tracks and if there’s time they can go round again.
|Venue location:||The George and Dragon – 85 Castle St, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3SP|
|Phone number:||01722 333122|
|Open Mic Night:||Sundays, 6pm|
|Want to perform?||Turn up and get added to the list|
#6 The Wellington Arms: Open Mic
Run by Andy Shaw, the open mic at the Wellington Arms, Marlborough happens every other Thursday and has been running for just under 2 years now.
Recently they’ve had several guitarists, singers, sax, clarinet, piano, and percussion players. They get a great crowd of all different ages and abilities.
Equipment provided includes a p.a with plenty of inputs and 2 Mics provided. A guitar can always be borrowed. The night is usually quite busy, but with a very warm and friendly atmosphere.
Everyone has time for each other and it usually ends with everyone joining in together – it’s a great inclusive and supportive place to be. The pub and its staff are beautifully enthusiastic and friendly too.
The open mic starts just before 8pm, so make sure to get there in good time to guarantee a slot.
Thinking of attending your first open mic night? Here’s what to expect:
#7 The Jenny Wren: Open Mic
The open mic at The Jenny Wren running has been running for two years now.
There are no sign-up lists for this one, but logistically performance slots work very well here.
Here you have everyone from high-level professional musicians coming for fun and absolute beginners.
Run by Simon Hansen, the only rules here are that nobody judges anyone! He runs it for no charge because it’s for people to enjoy and have fun.
Simon provides a full p.a, a drum kit, bass amp and a couple of guitar amps. People bring their amps and guitars too.
Held downstairs, without a stage riser, but a great space for performing, regardless. It’s a lively, supportive and fun atmosphere, but it’s also welcome to acoustic acts.
It’s a walk on walk off approach for performances, so if someone’s playing you can ask them if you can join or you can ask to play your own set. They meet on the second Sunday of each month from 7-11pm. Make sure not to miss out on this one.
|Venue location:||The Jenny Wren – 36 Lickhill Rd, Calne, SN11 9DF|
|Phone number:||01249 813021|
|Open Mic Night:||2nd Sunday of the month, 7-11pm|
|Want to perform?||Turn up and play|
#8 Qudos: Open Mic
Qudos has been running close to seven years now. Always a great friendly atmosphere, Georgina Agombar has been running it for over 18 months.
A full p.a is provided here, with an electric guitar amp, bass amp, and Cajon, there is also a house guitar and a house bass guitar. Qudos gets both acoustic artists to perform as well as some bands, so everyone’s welcome.
The night is normally very busy, but everyone is friendly and welcoming as soon as you walk in. It takes place on a small stage at the venue.
The night runs from a sign up at 8pm, starts around 8:30pm (but is prone to start earlier if it looks busy) and runs until 11pm. To perform, people just sign up on the night, and then play your tunes.
|Venue location:||Qudos – 38 Castle St, Salisbury, SP1 1BN|
|Phone number:||01722 413755|
|Open Mic Night:||Last Tuesday of the month, from 8:30-11pm|
|Want to perform?||Sign up at 8pm|
#9 Queen’s Tap: Open Mic Night
The Queen’s Tap is a very popular open mic night in the Swindon area. Hosted by Matt Chipperfield, this is not one to miss.
Here, at the Queen’s Tap, there is a p.a provided, plus amps and drum kit on request. The night is generally acoustic-based, and although Matt’s guitar is available to use, most people bring their own.
The night has been going almost 10 years now with the same host, and he’s built a committed base of regulars who all do their own sets, and will jam with each other if there is time.
You can just turn up and play. There is no website or page, just add Matt on Facebook and he sends out a weekly message.
Turnout varies each week, but it’s picked up in the last 3 months to a point where Matt sometimes struggles to get everyone on before 11.30pm, which is a great predicament to be in!
He aims to start at 9pm, and timings vary depending on how many people he has that want to play. On average, most sets are 4-6 songs, with more if there is time.
The night can accommodate full bands and they have had everything from punk to folk to rap, so anything goes.
|Venue location:||The Queen’s Tap – 74 Station Rd, Swindon, SN1 1DG|
|Phone number:||01793 535395|
|Open Mic Night:||Tuesdays, from 9-11:30pm|
|Want to perform?||Performance slots are available on the night|
#10 The Bank: Open Mic
The Bank has been running for around a year now. It has a very friendly atmosphere for anyone who walks through the doors.
It uses the same kit as Qudos, but it tends to get more acoustic artists. Bands are still very welcome, and collaborations aren’t hard to come by.
It can be quite a busy evening, but with a relaxed atmosphere. It takes place downstairs in the venue’s stage.
The night starts at 8:30pm (but there is a signup sheet from 8pm here too) and it finishes at 11pm. Like with Qudos, people turn up on the night and are added to the signup sheet to that everyone has a fair chance to play.
|Venue location:||The Bank – 18 High St, Amesbury, Salisbury, SP4 7DN|
|Phone number:||01722 413755|
|Open Mic Night:||Third Tuesday of the month, from 8:30pm|
|Want to perform?||Sign up at 8pm|
Bonus Open Mics in Swindon and Wiltshire
Black Horse Pub: Open Mic
The evening at the Black Horse pub is hosted by a local musician called John E Wright. It’s very laid back, usually once a fortnight on a Wednesday.
It’s a chilled atmosphere, with usually no fewer than 10 musicians, up to around 15-20 attending the most recent nights.
Covers are popular here, as well as showcases of artists’ original songs. The Black Horse has had everything from acoustic guitar artists, clarinettists, flautists, and even percussion players recently.
They showcase this in the restaurant area, right near the bar. It goes down very well and brings in a whole host of musicians and audience into the pub. Some of which live a fair distance away, but they travel to listen and possibly join in with the music.
John E is a great host who always arranges to have a wide variety of different musical styles. Starting at 7.30pm every other Wednesday, this is another one not to miss.
|Venue location:||Black Horse Pub – Main Rd, Cherhill, Calne, SN11 8UT|
|Phone number:||01249 819069|
|Open Mic Night:||Every other Wednesday, 7:30pm|
|Want to perform?||Just turn up and play|
Ever considered hosting your own open mic night?
Grounded Corsham: Live Acoustic Music
This is a great little live acoustic music event to give musicians in and around Corsham the opportunity to perform their music live.
The wonderful setting of The Old Chapel is a great place for musicians to showcase their music in an open mic style format.
If you would like to play at the event please contact the organiser through this page.
|Venue location:||Grounded Corsham – The Old Chapel, Pickwick Rd, Corsham, SN13 0HL|
|Phone number:||01249 715555|
|Open Mic Night:||First Thursday of the month, 7:30-10:30pm|
|Want to perform?||Contact the organiser through this page|
Red Lion: Avebury Music Night
Avebury Music Night takes place in the Red Lion, Avebury. It features local musicians and those that come from far and wide.
This special event happens semi-regularly – there is normally one every month or so, so make sure to keep up to date with their Facebook page to see when the next one is happening.
Hosted by Andree, this Saturday night open mic will always provide you with great music to listen to and great photos too.
|Venue location:||The Red Lion – High Street Avebury, Marlborough, SN8 1RF|
|Phone number:||01672 539266|
|Open Mic Night:||Sporadic Saturdays, 7:30pm|
|Want to perform?||Turn up and sign up on the day|
The Bull Hotel: Harv and Hugh’s Rhythm and Blues
If you’re into jamming blues, this is the open mic night for you.
Harv & Hugh’s Rhythm n Blues Night is a night of old-school music where anyone can join in. A Full-back line is provided, so you only have to bring your voice or instrument along.
It’s the last Monday of the month, so be sure not to miss out on attending this brilliant event in Salisbury.
|Venue location:||The Bull Hotel – The Headlands, Downton, Salisbury, SP5 3HL|
|Open Mic Night:||Last Monday of the month, 8:30-11:30pm|
|Want to perform?||Turn up and play|
The Pheasant Inn: Poetika
This open mic night is hosted by a variety of people. Michelle Harris, Ian Chorlton, Ria Rylatt-Chandaman and John Bruce are all hosts of Poetika at the Pheasant Inn.
Poetika has been running for six years now and is a great place for all kinds of artists to showcase their work.
It’s a completely acoustic night with no p.a. or amplification (except for a few special events) so make sure to bring along an acoustic instrument if you intend on performing here.
At Poetika, they get a mix of spoken word artists, poetry readers, storytellers, and acoustic musicians, though they have also had visual artists, a comedian, and a mentalist.
It’s normally a calm but thought-provoking evening – typically 20-30 attend the night which takes place in the function room upstairs at the Pheasant Inn. There is a performance area one end, and the audience sits at tables that fill the room.
Sign up is from 7:30pm for a 7:45pm start. They have a break of 20 minutes or so around 8:50pm and typically finish around 10pm.
|Venue location:||The Pheasant Inn – 19 Salt Ln, Salisbury, SP1 1DT|
|Phone number:||01722 421841|
|Open Mic Night:||Third Wednesday of the month. 7:45pm|
|Want to perform?||Sign up at 7:30pm|
So now you know where to perform in Swindon and Wiltshire there are no excuses for not getting out there and get performing!
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