Open Mic UK, the UK’s premier music competition for unsigned acts, is now open for this year’s round of auditions in Manchester.  The auditions are taking place on Sunday 9th September 2018 at  Media City UK, University of Salford, Plot B4, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 2HE. The auditions will be held in the PM from 4:30pm until 7pm. Acts will have to register at Open Mic UK for £5. Categories are divided into under 16s, 16-20, 21 and over, and songwriters.

All types of singers, songwriters, rappers and vocal groups of all ages are encouraged to enter. See end of release for full audition dates and times.

The music competition attracts over 10,000 unsigned acts every year across the country and previous winners include Birdy winner of Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Female Artist, X Factor Contestant Lucy Spraggan, Union J band member, Jaymi Hensley, and Country singing star Megan McKenna.

Acts will have the opportunity to audition in front of experienced music industry judges and gain invaluable feedback.  The winner of Open Mic UK will get the chance to record their debut album and music video plus benefit from extensive media promotion.

Acts can perform either covers or original materials from any genre, so whether you’re into Pop, R&B, Acoustic or Classical, Open Mic UK welcomes you. Acts who are successful in the audition go through to a Regional Final Showcase and will get to perform live at some of the best venues in the country.  The winners of each regional final will then progress to the Open Mic UK National Grand Final which will be held at London’s indigo at The O2.

Finalists will get to perform in front of a live audience, celebrity guests and the judges including A&R music industry professionals from Universal Music, Sony and Modest Management.  Aspiring singers and songwriters can enter by registering at to secure their audition.

Open Mic UK offers a fantastic opportunity to not only show off your musical talent to industry professionals, but also to gain real life experience and develop your act in this highly competitive industry!

4.30pm – Under 16 age category

·        5.30pm – 16-20 age category

·        6.30pm – 21 and over age category

·        7pm – UK Songwriting Competition performances


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