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!
THE GRAND FINAL IS BACK AT THE O2 IN LONDON
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.
PERFORM IN FRONT OF RECORD LABEL A&R AND GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD!
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…
MUSIC COMPETITION AUDITIONS DATES
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
Blending a range of roots based genres, from jazz to acoustic, excellent songwriter Tom Townsend is ready to open 2018 with a bang, releasing new album ‘Leave It Up To Me’ throughout the UK. Proficient in a number of instruments, Townsend started with drums and guitar but expanding into piano, bass guitar and even mandolin. It makes you sick how talented he is.
It’s culminated in an album which is stuffed to the gills with excellent songs, amongst which you’d be hard pressed not to find something to fall in love with. ‘Be For Me’ is a balladic highlight, as is album closer ‘Slowly’, with its combination of piano and acoustic guitar. It’s in these slower, more contemplative moments that the album is maybe at its strongest, but that’s not to say the more upbeat toe-tappers don’t have plenty to offer.
Rachel Alice Johnson is a Scottish singer-songwriter enjoying a stellar year, and with new single ‘Coming Down Slow’ she has kept up her 2017 with ease.
Boasting a compellingly dark opening, the song flows effortlessly towards a lighter tone before a massive closing section where distorted guitar makes a huge impact before returning to the start of the loop. It’s effective, it’s uncomplicated, and it’s undeniably enjoyable.
So here’s to Rachel Alice Johnson’s final release of a very strong 2017 – roll on next year which promises to be even bigger.
Accompanied by a suitably hypnotic lyric video, ‘Much Better’ is the new single from promising London artist Stephanie Sounds. Taking a quick your through her YouTube channel, it’s clear to see that this is an artist with genuine talent. And with any luck, this latest offering will see her gain followers with the right people in the music industry.
The single, released on September 15th, is something of a slow burner. Opening with simple acoustic lines, it soon builds to a huge, layered chorus which is easy to get stuck in your head. It’s all helped by the natural, smooth vocal of the talented songwriter.
The good news is, if this floats your boat, there’s plenty more on the way. The ‘Much Better’ album follows on the 6th October.
‘Lightning’ is the 2nd single from Amilia K Spicer’s album ‘Wow and Flutter’, and evidence of why so many online outlets are waxing lyrical about this excellent US songwriter. Moody and methodical, the song slowly unfolds like a flower, drawing the listener in with subtlety and quiet – like a whisper you have to lean in to hear.
The result is a solid 2nd single from an artist well worth keeping an eye on. According to her biography, Spicer has made a habit of moving around to different areas of the USA over the years, creating life experiences and a free spirit which illuminates her song writing. The album is turning many heads, and with this video now available there will likely be more new fans on the way.
In the press release for the new single/EP combination from London rapper Stash Peso, there’s a passage that really sticks out from the rest. Describing the influences and inspiration behind his EP ‘Shine’ and new single ‘Glow’, Stash Peso says the following:
‘‘Glow’ is written from a personal place, about being happy with yourself not matter who judges you and tries to mould you into something you’re not’. Meanwhile, on EP ‘Shine’ he says ‘thinking of the name for the EP was straightforward – I’m not a star and don’t want to be but I can still shine.’
Both of these statements speak to a well-grounded artist with a top-class attitude. It helps, of course, that the quality is high in the single and throughout the EP. You should seek it out if you enjoy discovering new talent first.
A UK band with their roots firmly planted in the recent traditions of British Rock, Colour Colour are a three piece with true potential. Their new EP ‘Do Something Beautiful’ comes out in all the usual online places this Friday (June 10th) and marks the arrival of a genuine new contender on the indie scene.
As a taster of what’s to come, Colour Colour have released the lead single from the EP (above), and it’s a cracker. Gritty and raw but at the same time slick in its production, it’s clean as a whistle and shows a real proficiency for song writing. It’s upbeat, gets you in the mood for a dance, and has a decent message too. What’s not to like?
With a debut album on the way next month and an original, noirish funk sound to show off, Organisms have set the table very nicely indeed with lead single ‘Games Non-People Play’. By turns nightmare inducing but visually compelling the video clip above is the perfect accompaniment to the fuzzed up production of this toe-tapping track.
It bodes well for the album, out July 7th, which will represent the culmination (so far) of work from one of East Anglia’s more prolific songwriters. Joseph Quinn has, over several years, carved out a niche for himself as one of Norfolk’s hardest working independent musicians, a work ethic which brought him to the attention of Tontena Music chief John Vigar. It is through Tontena that Quinn’s latest project, Organisms, now find themselves looking forward to that debut LP milestone. Long may it continue.
The video above is as good an introduction to a new independent release as you’re ever going to get. With a wide cast of characters, it does a top job of encapsulating a project which should be lauded for shedding a light on such a wide array of independent talent.
In short, the Nine Beats Collective is an album which showcases the talents of writers, musicians, poets and troubadours. Each contributor has a unique style, and the songs are each designed to highlight cultural and political issues in the world today.
It makes for a sprawling LP release, totalling an incredible 26 tracks. Such is the passion of the people involved that it makes for a compelling listen through out. If you can’t find something you enjoy in here, you’re not listening.
Veteran musicians with a rich background in rock and r’n’b, Roadcase Royale are a collective of musicians who all bring something to the table. Fronted by Heart’s Nancy Wilson – a rock and roll hall of famer – and Liv Warfield of Prince’s New Generation, this is new music from a group who are no slouches in terms of musicianship.
Now on their second single, Roadcase Royale have once again excelled with the exciting and energetic ‘Not Giving Up’. From the assured riff of the opening to the stomping shuffled rhythm throughout, this is a track that deserves your attention.