Open Mic UK 2012 Auditions starts 19th Aug
The audition dates for this year’s Open Mic Uk 2012 competition have been announced, and with over 9,000 entrants last year the 2012 competition is set to be the biggest yet!
Open Mic UK is the largest national music competition for singers and solo artists in the UK. The competition travels across the country every year in search of the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists, and is open to all genres, so whether you’re into R’n’B, Rap, Acoustic, Pop or Classical – Open Mic UK has it all! Acts can perform either covers or original material and they’ll be invited to a live audition in front of the judging panel.
Those who make it through the audition stage will go on to perform across the UK in live showcases complete with an audience and judging panel and will aim to progress to compete at the Grand National Final at The O2 in London! The panel is made up of music industry specialists, A&R, vocal coaches and guest celebrities. Gracing the judging panel in previous years has been Radio 1 DJ’s Annie Nightingale and Ras Kwame, Another Level star Dane Bowers, R’n’B sensation and double Mobo award winner Shola Ama, and Choice FM presenter E Plus who are hopefully set to make another appearance for the 2012 competition!
Acts who make it through to the live showcases will get to take to the stage at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Sheffield City Hall, Birmingham’s LG Arena and Portsmouth Guildhall, following in the footsteps of famous acts such as The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Katy Perry. These fantastic venues all lead up to acts playing the Grand Final at the UK’s most recognised live music venue, The O2 in London.
There are plenty of opportunities to win prizes throughout the competition with over £50,000 worth of prizes up for grabs; including a new main prize of £5,000 cash to the overall winner, £2,500 to the runner up and the remaining age category winners will receive £1,000! The winning act will be crowned in front of a packed out crowd at The O2 in London!
Open Mic Uk has a great pedigree for success with last year’s category winner, Hatty Keane’s career going from strength to the strength. The teen sensation signed with BGM soon after the competition, and 2011 saw her release her EP and tour with Ed Sheeran and Wretch 32! Previous competition winner Birdy saw incredible chart success with her version of Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’, and her self-titled 2011 album ‘Birdy’ received great critical acclaim.
The Open Mic UK competition is divided into age categories; Under 16, 17-22, and 23 and over. All types of singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic singer/songwriters are invited to enter Open Mic UK . It’s all about finding an act that has the ability to become a professional recording artist.
So, if you think you’ve got what it takes, get on the mic for Open Mic UK 2012
Open Mic 2012 Singing Audition Regions & Dates
Sunday 19th August
AM; St Georges, Georgian House Bristol BS1 5RR
PM; Beck Theatre Grange Road,Hayes, Middlesex, London UB3 2UE
Saturday 25th August
AM; LG Arena (formally NEC), Birmingham B40 1NT
Sunday 26th August
AM; The Palace Hotel Oxford Road, Manchester M60 7HA
PM; Sheffield City Hall Sheffield S1 2JA
Sunday 2nd September
AM; Highlight 76 The Parade, Watford, WD17 1AW
PM; Highlight Unit R04, Blvd Buildings, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth,PO1 3TW
Saturday 8th September
AM; Glasgow Royal concert Hall 2 Sauchiehall Street,Glasgow G2 3NY
AM; Pitsea Leisure Centre Northlands Pavement, Basildon, Essex SS133DU
PM; Hove Centre Hove, Norton Road, Brighton, BN3 4AH
Sunday 9th September
AM; The Liner Hotel Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L3 5QB
AM; The Coal Exchange Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff CF10 5EB
PM; Yorkshire Dance Studio 3 St Peter’s Buildings, St Peter’s Square, Leeds LS9 8AH
Saturday 15th September
AM; Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre Westgate Road,Newcastle NE1 4AG
AM; Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive,Kettering NN15 6PB
Sunday 16th September
AM; Sub89 110 – 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP
PM; Dingwalls Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London,NW1
Here’s what to expect on the day
Open Mic Singing Auditions day Schedule;
AM Auditions (all auditions are AM unless stated)
9.30am Auditions start with 16 and Under age category
10.45am Auditions for 17-22 age category
12pm Auditions for 23 and over age category
12.30pm Last registration to audition – anyone arriving after this time may not be allowed to audition.
4.30pm Auditions start with 16 and Under age category
5.45pm Auditions for 17-22 age category
7pm Auditions for 23 and over age category
7.30pm Last registration to audition – anyone arriving after this time may not be allowed to audition.
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