Music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2018 have been announced!


The Open Mic UK competition auditions will be hosted at 14 regions across the UK and the competition will be searching to find the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups!




Open Mic UK are proud to announce that those acts making the Grand Final will have the opportunity to perform at the Indigo in The O2 in London.



It’s a chance for aspiring singers and musicians to perform to Music industry judges who are at every stage of the singing competition from the auditions to the Grand Final.

Judges in the past include judges that work for the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony) in attendance at last year’s competition, as well as festival organisers, national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition progresses.



Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of numerous acts who, have competed in the competitions on their way to being signed to major record labels like; Lucy Spraggan, Luke Friend, Karen Hardy, Jacob Banks, plus Warner Music’s signings and Open Mic UK’s first winner Birdy and The Lottery Winners along with Union J’s Jaymi Hensley amongst many many more…




The Open Mic UK auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, audition places are already filling fast so get your audition booked now to avoid disappointment!

  • Sunday 26th August 2018 – Early PM – Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB
  • Sunday 9th September 2018 – PM – Media City UK, University of Salford, Plot B4, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 2HE
  • Saturday 15th September 2018 – Early PM – SouthBank Club (Studio),Dean Lane, Bristol, BS3 1DB
  • Saturday 15th September 2018 – PM – Vincent Harris Suite, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA
  • Sunday 16th September 2018 – AM – White Eagle Club, 211 Balham High Road, London, SW17 7BQ
  • Sunday 16th September 2018 – PM – 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton, SO14 3AR
  • Sunday 16th September 2018 – AM – The Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG
  • Friday 21st September 2018 – Evening – Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8NE
  • Saturday 22nd September 2018 – PM – Concourse 22-23, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT
  • Sunday 23rd September 2018 – AM – Hamptons Sports & Leisure, Tydemans off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9FH
  • Sunday 23rd September 2018 – PM – Britannic Suite, The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB

For more information and to book your audition! Go to the website at




Organisms funk-indie single ‘Games Non People Play’ sets stage for ‘Mollusk’ album

Promoted by Tontena Music (an organisation who are passionate about new music), Organisms are band with an unusual approach to music. Writing by ‘feel’ rather than technical knowhow, it seems that their results are almost instinctive, making for a compelling listen (and watch) on new video ‘Games Non People Play’.

The single, with it’s silky riffs and lofi production, is simple but effective in its execution. And there’s more to come too…

Album ‘Mollusk’ will contain this track and more. Get involved when it’s made available this July.

Patrick McCallion shows true potential in new single

For independent music fans, one of the thrills of finding new music is that feeling you get when you hear a new artist and feel like they truly have a chance of ‘making it’. It offers two great pleasures – first, you get to experience something fresh and individual to yourself. Second, you get bragging rights over those who come to the party late.


Patrick McCallion is one of those artists who truly has that kind of potential. There’s never a shortage of singer-songwriters in and around the charts, and his thoughtful, real sound gives the impression that McCallion belongs alongside them. New single ‘Voices’ finds him on sentimental form, commenting on the wiles of love and communication. But the sound quality captures a certain ‘live’ feel, making for a real, emotional connection.

Exciting new rock from Tablefox, ‘Objects’ album out now

‘Something Better’, the lead video and track from New Zealand group Tablefox, is a great example of what makes them such an exciting band to listen to. Dripping with atmosphere, the lyric video is a simple but effective one, the travelling camera representing brilliantly the building momentum of the guitar led indie attached.

The track is taken from ‘Objects’, the debut album from the antipodeans. The album in full can be found here, and continues throughout to find Tablefox on fine form.

Bulgarian rock on the map: Jeremy?, Two Weeks to the Great Escape

According to their press release, Jeremy? are one of a number of bands currently working to make Bulgaria into a hotbed of rock music. So far, Jeremy? are the only ones I’ve heard of, thanks to new single ‘Two Weeks to the Great Escape’. However, if this kind of quality is what we can expect from more of those Bulgarian bands, then we can only hope more comes along soon.

Sleek and compelling, the black and white visuals of the video perfectly compliment the thick rocking sound. If you’re on the lookout for something new, then perhaps Bulgaria, and Jeremy? in particular, are worth seeking out.

Kelly Moneymaker’s double Christmas treat: ‘Jingle Bells’ & ‘Home for the Holidays’

With the lords-a-leaping and the bells-a-ringing, everyone seems to be in full Christmas swing. The oddly mild weather in the UK seems to have delayed the Christmas spirit this year, but now it’s here and joined in timely fashion by two fun new singles from US songwriter Kelly Moneymaker.

‘Home For the Holidays’ (above) is an original single recalling some of Moneymaker’s favourite Christmas memories, while ‘Jingle Bells’ needs no introduction….

Carmel – ‘Sad Situation’, ‘Second Wife Blues’ – double single out now

Ordinarily this site is dedicated to bringing you fresh new artists who are yet to become household names but do have the potential to do just that. In the case of Carmel, who had hits in the 1980s before taking a break from the industry until now, we’re making an exception for two reasons.

First, this is good quality music, and it’s been so long since those 80s tracks that a reintroduction to a new, internet savvy audience is needed.

Second, the style of these tracks – based on bluesy chords and hippie, airy folk – is a departure from her previous work.

The most important thing is that this is good, independent music offering an alternative to the mainstream, and there’s not enough people out there with name value who are offering that these days. For that, Carmel should be applauded and supported.

Album out now: ‘Requiem for Myself’ by Weinf

Described as an ‘unintentional concept album’, the new LP from independent Barcelona based songwriter Weinf is certainly an album constructed around a theme. All ten songs, written soon after Weinf was given a cancer diagnosis by his doctor, deal with many of the issues and hardships you would expect given the circumstances.

What this album offers then is an insider’s perspective of dealing with that level of uncertainty over your future. By channelling the experience into these songs, you can only hope that they served as a kind of therapy. They definitely come across that way, thanks to the poignant lyrics and smart interplay between vocals and guitar.

Thankfully, the album – out now – can now be looked at as the document of a survivor (Weinf looks likely to receive a clean bill of health very soon). But, written at a time when things were less certain, this is a compelling and interesting piece.

E Mute releases new EP – ‘I Can Pay For It: A Collection of Songs for the Current Political & Socio-economic Crisis’

Bearing a title that leaves little to the imagination, the new EP from alternative-indie rockers E Mute sets its stall out early in a move that would get the Ronseal of approval.

The resulting five songs, all strung together by an impressive blend of cheeky humour and genuine anger, mark the arrival of a new indie player who could well make an impact if heard by the right people. The band have seemingly been around for some time in various iterations, but a move to ‘as live’ recordings and a gritty lyrical approach suits them well.

Hear ‘I Can Pay For It’ on Spotify or grab it on iTunes.

Monthly release number 19 – Prints Jackson, ‘Wisdom of Crowds’

In March of last year, songwriter and composer Prints Jackson made a bold claim. He said he was going to release ‘One song every month until the day I die’. And now, 19 months later, his promise has held true thus far.

His latest song, ‘Wisdom of Crowds’, is a pacy, punky track with a fuzzyness to the production which fits perfectly the proto-Razorlight/Strokes style that this slips nicely into. It’s accompanied by a video which also perfectly fits that production style – editing together a host of Bollywood clips which seem to fit perfectly with the music without having anything to do with it on the surface level.

Lyrically, it’s an exploration of how more and more people are finding their voice when it comes to the unsatisfactory side of life. Painting it as a force for good, ‘Widsom of Crowds’ is ultimately about democratisation and the benefits thereof. But the best thing of all is the upbeat, bopping indie the message comes wrapped in.