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Open Mic Nights in Manchester

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Current open mics in Manchester (updated October 2010)

Here’s a list of many of the open mic nights happening in and around Manchester, UK. Please drop us a comment if you spot any ones not on this list, or ones that are no longer operating. Goes without saying, but do remember to always phone the venue before heading out to make sure it’s on – and make sure you’ve got the right venue (there are two different Trof venues listed below, for example!)

Monday Nights

  • Monday Open mic at Trof Northern Qt. Friendly atmosphere. Usually pretty busy, so get down there before 8.30pm to get a slot!.
  • Open mic – original: Blue Cat Café Mondays 8pm
  • Open mic: The Bank Sale (each Monday, we think!)
  • Open mic: every Monday Uluru, Chorlton – Uluru has sadly closed down…
  • Open Mic: M19 bar, Levenshulme Every Monday evening – no longer running, apparently (June 09)

Tuesday Nights

  • Now cancelled – sorry: New for March 2010: Open mic at the Bay Horse, Manchester. In the downstairs bar. Every Tuesday from 8pm.
  • Jam night: Bar 480, Chorlton from 8pm every Tuesday – 1 song each
  • Open mic: Iguanna Bar, Chorlton Tuesdays
  • Open mic: Trof, Fallowfield Tuesdays
  • Acoustic guitar night: Urmston Cricket Club. Third Tuesday of each month, 8.30pm. £2 entry for everyone, which subsidises their live music nights.
  • Open mic: The Nelson – Occasional Tuesdays (last Tue of month??)

Wednesday Nights

  • Open mic: RVP, Liverpool Road, Irlam – every Wednesday from 8.30pm
  • Open mic: Fuel, Withington Wednesdays
  • Open mic: Town Hall pub, Eccles Every Wednesday

Thursday Nights

  • Open mic at the Whitworth, Rusholme. New open mic (Aug 2009) every Thursday. Arrive before 9pm to get a slot.
  • Open mic: Chill factor, Manchester – Thursdays – inside Chillfactor, the indoor ski centre. Thanks Rox for letting us know about this one!
  • Open mic:Thirsty Scholar, Oxford Rd Thursdays – a slightly bluesy open mic 9pm till 2am. Run by local institution Rory McKee.
  • Open mic at Solomon Grundy’s, Withington. Thursdays. Run by Kay and Dom… get in contact with the venue to book a slot! (Not sure whether this is still running – Nov 2009)
  • Open mic / jam night at the Brunswick / B-Lounge in the centre of Manchester each Thursday. Run by Josh McClurg and his band.

Friday Nights

  • Open mic at Eighth Day, Oxford Road, every Friday. Run by the people behind Black Dog

Saturday Nights

  • Open Mic: Station Pub, Warrington Street, Ashton-u-Lyne. This is a monthly event on a Saturday Night Everyone is very welcome. Check out www.myspace.com/christinaacoustic for dates.

Sunday Nights

  • Open Mic: Sunday evening – Deaf Institute – Manchester. Trof Northern Quarter’s sister venue also had an open mic on Sunday. Re-started – October 2010.
  • Open mic: Sundays – Joshua Brooks – this one is now back up and running for Autumn 09.
  • Open mic: Last Sunday of the month – Eden bar on Canal Street, M1 3PJ. Thanks, Alan, for the tip-off!
  • Open mic: Bar One, Withington. New open mic every Sunday from 8pm, run by Tom Kerswill. Cheap drinks, including a pint of Becks for £2. At the moment there’s space for everyone to play four songs each. 20th Jan 2010: Bar One has now closed down, I’m afraid…
  • Open mic: Uluru, Chorlton. Every Sunday. December 2009: Uluru has now closed down, sadly.

Please check with the venue before making the trip, to make sure the night is actually on…. and drop me a line or a comment if you discover that a night has changed before I do!

Open mics that used to be in Manchester

  • Open Mic: Castle, Oldham St Every Monday. Small, friendly night, with a leaking roof! … note, the Castle closed autumn 2008, but re-opened April 09. Keep checking to see if they start an open mic!
  • Open mic: Glass, Fallowfield Saturdays – now the venue has been rebranded to BarBaa. Not sure if they still run it…
  • Sunday afternoon, 3pm-6pm Revise Bar, Chorlton . Revise as now become a new venue – Elektric. No news as yet of any open mics. But I noticed the Guardian waxing lyrical about it the other day in their (April 2009) Secret Britain guide.
  • Open mic: Mondays. Atlas Bar, Deansgate, Manchester centre – This one is apparently cancelled now (Oct 2010)

Open mics in Lancaster

I’ve started a new page on open mic nights in Lancaster, which lists details about the Stonewall Tavern, the Gregson, and more open mics in the Lancaster area.

Open Mics in Dukinfield, Bury, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and further afield

  • The Bury Winelight Club at the Met, in Bury, also does occasional open mic nights – check out their myspace.
  • There’s an open mic / jam night at the Canal Duke in Astley every Tuesday from 9pm.
  • Songwriter night Astley Arms, Dukinfield last Sunday of each month
  • Sunday open mic at The Fox Inn, Up Holland on the last Sunday of each month, usually hosted by the Big Fish Band, a local country-rock band.
  • Open mic and Jam night every Monday night at the Q Inn, Stalybridge. (Thanks, Stu, for sending this one).
  • Stu also sent the following suggestion: Sunday night at The Railway in Greenfield. This has the benefit (for heavy drinkers) of being next to Greenfield train station…
  • There’s an open mic at Harrop’s Bar, Stalybridge, Thurs 7 pm kick off
  • – Thanks to Carl for the tip-off.

  • White Horse on Liverpool Rd (Gildabrook Rd near Hope Hospital). 7:30AM Tuesdays (thanks, Carl)
  • Open mic at The Plough, Cadishead, Wed evenings. Carl says: “Landlord is putting on some free food…. ” (sounds good. Might have to check that out!)

Other good music events in Manchester

I’ve also got a guide on other non open-mics and acoustic nights in manchester