UK Singing Competition

Open Mic UK is a national singing competition for singers and solo artists in the UK. The competition attracts over 10,000 acts every year, with the UK's best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists competition to be crowned the winner.

Acts can perform either creative covers or original material and it's open to all genres, including Blues, Gospel, Pop, Rap, Rock, R&B and more.

The singing competition offers a fantastic opportunity to not only show off your talent to industry professionals, but also to develop as an act in a highly competitive industry.

Auditions start soon and places are filling fast, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Perform for Record Label A&R

As well as offering great prizes, there are music industry judges are at every stage of the competition, from the initial auditions to the Grand Final.

Last year’s competition included judges that work for the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony), as well as national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing.

The judges will be looking for vocal/musical talent, stage performance, image, star quality and originality. They will also be trying to discover an act that has the potential to be successfully launched in the UK as a major recording artist, therefore being self-motivated is essential.

Singing Competition Judges

Get your music heard by the right people by showcasing your music. Open Mic UK gives contestants the chance to perform live for music and entertainment industry judges.

Jaymi Hensley

Music Artist

Molly Hocking

The Voice UK Winner

James Ellett

Artist and A&R Manager

Carrie Grant

BAFTA award-winning host

Singing Competition Auditions

The Open Mic UK auditions start soon, and with entries received from all over the UK, places are limited.

Our industry judges, along with the audience, will vote to decide who gets through to the next round of Live Shows, which will be streamed live on the Open Mic UK website, Facebook and YouTube channels, as well as our partner platforms.

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The Live Shows & Grand Final

If you're successful in your audition, you will be given a place in the Live Shows, with the opportunity to perform to thousands.

The Live Shows will include some of the best unsigned acts in the UK and will allow them to showcase their talents to a music industry judging panel, as well as a huge live audience.

It’s here that they’ll have the chance to progress towards the Grand Final, for the chance to compete for a prize fund of £5000, plus mentoring and publicly packages.

Live shows

The Competition Winner

The overall winner will be crowned Open Mic UK champion, receiving a cash prize, mentoring and publicity packages.

Previous competition winners have signed to Capitol Records (Lola Young) and Atlantic Records/Universal (Birdy).

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