Hot Lists Monday, August 8th Words by: Harriet Anderson

Where and when: open mic nights in Herefordshire

Hot Lists Monday, August 8th

Where and when: open mic nights in Herefordshire

What’s not to love about an open mic night? It's a chance to showcase your music and build-up a following if you're performing, or to watch emerging talent, with a drink in your hand, if you're not.

Herefordshire has plenty of regular open mic nights to chose from. Here’s our pick of places worth checking out.

The Globe at Hay

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Technically not Herefordshire, but it’s just a short jump over the border to The Globe in Hay-on-Wye where open mic nights are held once a week.

They generate a real mix of performers, from pianists to small choirs, providing a little bit of everything. Slots can be booked on the night, but head down early to guarantee a place.

When: Every Tuesday from 8pm

Official Site: www.globeathay.org

The Courtyard, Hereford

The city’s main arts venue hosts an open mic in the café bar once a month (excluding August). Open to all genres of music and performers too, so if you fancy testing your stand up, spoken word or poetry, why not try it here? Just turn up and put your name down on the night.

When: First Tuesday of the month (except August) from 8pm

Official Site: www.courtyard.org.uk

The Sun Inn, Leintwardine

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One of the last traditional parlour pubs in the UK, The Sun Inn hosts two open mic nights a month, including one specifically for bands.

Hosted by Herefordshire band The Rhythm Thieves, expect to hear rock, folk and bluesy sounds across both nights. 

When: Middle Friday of the month for bands, last Friday of the month for all. From 8pm to 11pm.

Official Site: www.suninn-leintwardine.co.uk

The Royal Oak Hotel, Ledbury

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All genres and performers are welcome at The Royal Oak’s open mic nights, hosted on the first Monday of every month.

From folk to punk, via poets to comedians, players talk about a welcoming and supportive audience. The organisers strive to fit everyone in on a busy night, but operate on a first come first serve basis.

When: First Monday of the month, from 8.30pm to 11.30pm.

Official Site: www.royaloakledbury.com/#welcome-royal-oak-hotel

The Booth Hall, Hereford

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Fast establishing itself as the current live music venue in Hereford, The Booth also has an open mic night every Wednesday.

Regulars and newcomers play each week, ranging from singer-songwriters and one-man bands and slam poets. And in case you needed motivation to get yourself on stage, performers get a free drink. 

When: Every Wednesday 8pm till late. Doors open at 6pm.

Official site: www.facebook.com/TheBoothHallHereford

The Firefly, Hereford

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The Firefly hosts not one but two open mic nights a month run by promoter Underground Revolution and local band Freeborn Rising.

Performers get a free pilsner and there’s a chance to tuck into some tacos too, provided by Mad Snacks Street Food. All acts are acoustic. You can book a slot in advance or on the night.

When: Second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, from 7pm-11pm. Last act on around 10.45pm.

Official site: www.facebook.com/firefly.hereford
www.reverbnation.com/freebornrising
www.facebook.com/groups/undergroundrevolution

New Harp Inn, Hoarwithy

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A pub with a proper country feel to it, an open mic night is held at the New Harp Inn once a month.

No stage means an intimate performance, and if they like what they hear, players are offered a paid gig at the pub. Open to all, there’s no need to book, just show up.

When: Last Friday of the month.

Official Site: www.thenewharpinn.co.uk 

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More Herefordshire open mic nights we recommend:

  • The Prince of Wales, Ross on Wye - every Tuesday, from 7.30pm.
  • The bandstand at The Left Bank in Hereford. This semi regular showcase of local musicians isn't quite open mic, but you can contact John Hales at PorkBelly Promotions for forthcoming dates and details on how to get a slot. Find him on Twitter at @Hales4John.

With thanks to the venues and open mic hosts for the images.

Tile and banner: Ben Clarke, Flickr, CC

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