Top 10 Open Mic Nights in Southampton 2018
Southampton may be best known for its connection to the Titanic, but the city has also made a name for itself through its thriving music scene. See our recommended open mic nights below:
Open mic nights in Southampton
This bustling south coast city is a hot spot for up and coming musical acts looking to showcase their talent.
Both Craig David and British rockers Band of Skulls launched their careers in Southampton, proving that when it comes to breaking into the music industry, Southampton is the ideal platform for burgeoning new talent to build a following.
Best Open Mic Nights in Southampton
Looking for an open mic night in Southampton? In no particular order, these venues attract the best of the city’s breakthrough musical talent.
1. The Cricketers – Ales and Anthems Open Mic night
Based in the heart of Southampton’s Bedford place, the open mic night at The Cricketers has been a city favourite since its launch last year.
Not only do you get the floor to showcase your skills in a pub packed full of peers, but for those who enjoy a drink, there’s the added bonus of a wide selection of ales on tap for only £2.80 all night. So you won’t be short of Dutch courage if you’re a first-timer to the stage.Venue location: The Cricketers – 34, Carlton Place, Bedford Place, Southampton SO15 2DXPhone number: 023 8022 6448
Open Mic Night: Thursdays from 8pm
Want to perform? Stage slots are available on the night.
2. Flying Dutchman – Open Mic and Jam Night
Under new ownership, The Flying Dutchman hosts Southampton’s latest Open Mic and Jam night.
With the offer to have your live performance filmed and edited by a professional film company (BCB Media), this open mic has already attracted a strong following.
The hosts vary and they have a house band (The FortySix) every other Friday of the month if you’ve always wanted to front an ensemble.
They provides a PA and mics and all performers are welcome to get involved. The audience is very respectful, so it’s perfect for first timers looking to gain a bit of confidence,
Under 18’s can also perform at the start of the evening (before 9pm).
Venue location: Flying Dutchman – 13 – 14 Terminus Terrace, Southampton SO14 3DT
Phone number: 023 8033 5069
Open Mic Night: Every other Friday from 7:30pm
Want to perform? Show up early and let them know
3. The Alex – Plug & Play
The Alex has an action-packed schedule and Tuesdays are no exception, with this old-school boozer playing host to its Plug & Play open mic night.A nice touch for performers, there’s a free drink for anyone who takes to the stage.
So be prepared to muscle in against a tide of open mic regulars. There’s always a flurry of support from local student who frequent The Alex seeking music and cheaper drinks.
Venue location: The Alex – 6 Bellevue Road, Southampton, SO15 2AY-22
Phone number: 023 8033 5071
Open Mic Night: Tuesdays from 7pm Want to perform? They welcome performers of all genres, all styles and all abilities.
4. The Social – Buskin
Buskin, The Social’s Wednesday night open mic event, attracts some top-flight talent, keen on showing off their vocal and guitar skills in a relaxed and ambient space.
Each Wednesday boasts a different musical host who can double up as instrumental support for singers to play along while they perform. Be aware you may need to be persistent on the night to ensure you get your time on stage.
On a Summer’s evening, the folding doors at the front make The Social an attractive watering hole and ensure you’re performing to a good crowd. Hosted in the ground floor bar with a newly open kitchen, The Social offers a good selection of bar type meals.
Venue location: The Social – 21 Lower Banister St, Southampton, SO15 2EH
Phone number: 023 8017 5175
Open Mic Night: Wednesdays from 9pm
Want to perform? They invite anyone with the slightest musical inclination to get involved.
5. The Hobbit – Open Mic night
A little outside the city centre in the heart of student land, this lively pub once faced closure over its use of The Hobbit name, before it was thankfully saved by overwhelming public support. Even saw Sir Ian McKellen and Stephen Fry chimed in.
The open mic night takes place in the downstairs basement bar on Thursdays, kicking off at 9pm and continuing into the early hours.
There’s a chance to net yourself a paid gig if the audience responds well to you too. So it’s a great platform for anyone looking to get a leg up to the gig scene. Stella from the Hobbit explains: “Open mic events can too easily be used by venues as a source of cheap or free live music and that is not fair. We are happy to give talented open mic’ers a paid gig.”
On the funny side of the open mic nights, Stella explains “We have had more than one act that could clear a pub in minutes and even a guy who took all his clothes off to get into the mood.”
Venue location: The Hobbit – 134 Bevois Valley Road, Southampton, SO14 0JZ
Phone number: 023 8023 2591
Open Mic Night: Thursdays from 9pm
Want to perform? It’s an easy-going, intimate open mic hosted in a private room.
6. Suburbia – Open Mic Night
Suburbia’s open mic is a monthly affair hosted by Zeus Bookings (who manage multiple live music events in Southampton), the night is organised with industry support and attracts a lot of interest.
Performers are encouraged to sign up on Facebook in advance to avoid disappointment. Every genre of music is welcome, from folk and indie through to spoken word and rap. So, roll up if you’ve got something to share with the crowd.
Venue location: Suburbia – 27-29 Onslow Road, Southampton, SO14 0JD
Phone number: 07738 361059
Open Mic Night: Tuesdays, monthly from 7pm
Want to perform? Contact Zeus Bookings to let them know you’re coming down! Or turn up on the night and they will try to squeeze you in.
7. Belgium & Blues – Open Mic Night
Hosted every other Sunday by Southampton Blues Band the Fake Shakes, this open mic night is relatively new.
Set in Southampton’s Cultural Quarter, Belgium & Blues is a quirky, independent bar and their open mic if one of the most laid back in town. Get there early for a solo spot or rock up later to jam. There’s also a free beer for all performers if you need a little extra motivation.
Venue location: Belgium & Blues – 184 Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DW
Phone number: 023 8022 5411
Open Mic Night: Every other Sunday from 7pm
Want to perform? Musicians of all levels are welcome.
8. Stables – Stables Sessions: Open Mic Night
The Stable hosts one of the newest open mic nights in the city run by musician and producer Ollie Butler, it’s known for being fun. The venue is great and the staff are all very friendly and engaging.
There is a house guitarist who can accompany singers and the night is open to all performers! The venue is situated directly opposite the 02 Guildhall Southampton and primarily a pizza, pie and cider bar which will appeal to a few performers making a night of it,
The Stable have long been supporters of Live Music in the City- along with regularly hosting events including weekly music nights every Saturday. It’s a bit quieter than the other more established open mic nights but there’s a good variety of performers.
Venue location: Stables – 138, Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DU
Phone number: 023 8023 6710
Open Mic Night: Monday fortnightly from 7pm
Want to perform? Open to all, so turn up on the night to get involved.
9. Mango Tapas – Mango Jam
Mango Jam is a real gem of a night. Some talented local musicians get up and play with the house band and performers and singers will interchange for an entertaining night.
Though it may seem slightly intimidating at first, go along, take it in and take the plunge when you feel you’re ready. A great place to find fellow musicians to potentially collaborate with, Mango jam rocks into the early hours with the basement bar open until 3am.
Mango Tapas offer table service throughout the Jam, and if you book a table you’ll get a complimentary Thai Tapas sharing board when you order a bottle of wine.
Venue location: Mango Tapas – 5 Canute Road, Ocean Village, Southampton, SO14 3FH
Phone number: 023 8033 1477
Open Mic Night: Thursdays from 9pm
Want to perform? If you want to get up and play, just have a chat with J on the Keyboard or Sean the host.
10. 104 Kitchen & Cocktail Bar – Open Mic Night
A brand new open mic in the city centre, run by Henry the previous host of The Edge’s popular weekly open mic.
15 minute slots are available for acts with piano, guitar and Cajón percussion available for those that would rather not lug all their own equipment around! The atmosphere is very friendly in a chilled out cocktail bar that is quickly gathering a flock of regular acts while welcoming newcomers each week.
They have a cracking selection of drinks and food on offer, plus there’s a Jam Session on a Monday night featuring the 104 house band.
Venue location: 104 Kitchen – 104-108 Above Bar Street, Southampton, SO14 7DT
Phone number: 023 8023 5930
Open Mic Night: Tuesdays from 7:30pm
Want to perform? Just show up and let the host know what you want to do.
Other Open Mic Nights in Southampton
Bi-Weekly Open Mic Nights
The Cricketers Jam – The Cricketers
An extremely popular, busy and inclusive jam night every other Sunday at The Crickerers. With a lively, interchangeable house band providing accompaniment with keys, percussion, guitar and even a bit of flute!
Venue location: The Cricketers – 34, Carlton Place, Bedford Place, Southampton SO15 2DX
Phone number: 023 8022 6448
Want to perform? Every other Sunday. Turn up at 9 and chat to friendly host David if you fancy performing. All styles of music and levels of ability are welcome, and the manager is always on the lookout for new acts to perform at the bars regular paid gig nights.
Monthly Open Mic Nights
Moving Voices – The Art House
Venue location: The Art House – 178 Above Bar Street, Southampton, S014 7DW
Phone number: 023 8023 8582
Want to perform? The last Friday of each month from 7:30pm. A relaxed, non-threatening environment, this is a great place to try something new for the first time, whether it’s spoken word, poetry or music.
Bi-monthly Open Mic Nights
Open Mic Night – Oasis Bar
Venue location: Oasis Bar – 137 High St, Southampton, SO14 2BS
Phone number: 023 8023 8605
Want to perform? Run by Ryan Saunders, this is a bi-monthly night where you can expect to find a varied line-up of local talent.
The Talking Heads – The Candle Club (Not Currently Running)
Respect is due to the Candle Club as Southampton’s longest running open mic night. An institution among serious musicians in the city, this veteran of the city’s open mic scene is now enjoying its new home in the Polygon.
Running every Monday night, since 1996, The Candle Club is an open forum for singers, songwriters, poets and comics to enjoy an 8-minute set on the stage. Performers are timed by an interesting traffic light system that turns amber when just 2 minutes remain.
Candle Club co-founder Clive Roberts, who established the night in partnership with Simeon Hill, is proud of the legacy they have established. “I believe the Candle club has kept going all these years partly because people get a chance to perform on a stage which is used by professional touring artists and consequently has a great sound system and lighting rig.”
Venue location: The Talking Heads – 16-22 The Polygon, Southampton SO15 2BN
Phone number: 023 8036 1970
Open Mic Night: Mondays from 8:30pm
Want to perform? All types of acts are welcome, from singers to comedians, poets to jugglers.