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Every artist started with a first performance, and where better than in a setting dedicated to hearing from local talent. From the beginner trying to put themselves out there to the professional testing out some new material, Open Mics are a great place for any creative looking to perform in an informal setting or listeners looking to hear something unique.

If you’re looking to try your hand at an Open Mic, choosing the right venue and event for you is an important part of both the performance and crowd atmosphere. To help you decide where you want to show your metal, we’ve created a list of the best Open Mics around Cape Town you should be checking out.

1.   For the lyricist wanting to share their verse.

Third House Poetry

Writing poetry may be a mostly individual experience, but sharing in front of a live audience can be an equally powerful step in the art. For those looking for the right atmosphere and audience to share their verse, Third House Poetry is a growing community dedicated to hosting poetry open mic events. After paying a small covering charge to get inside, a sign-up sheet is available for those wishing to share. Third House is at Selective Live on the last Tuesday of every month and occasionally hosts other events throughout the month at other locations. Check out Third House Poetry’s Instagram to see the details for their upcoming events.

2. For the artists wanting to find connection.

Gorgeous George Jam Nights

Gorgeous George Hotel is striving to create an authentic community space for musicians, and their jam night is a great place to start for anyone wishing to meet other artists and collaborate. Every Tuesday from 8pm, the stage is open to performers of any level and background – just bring your own gear and hop on! As an added perk, participating musicians receive a R300 food and drink tab, and friends in the audience receive a 50% discount. Check out Gorgeous George on Instagram to see more.

3. For the performers wanting the intimate experience.

Selective Live

Open to singers, poets and anybody who would like to take a turn on the stage, Selective Live’s weekly open mic night is the perfect opportunity for any creative wanting to share their art. Registration to perform can be done once you’re inside the venue through the Selective City app. Performers are asked to bring their own backing tracks on USB or friends to accompany them. Selective Live and more information can be found on their Instagram and Facebook pages.

4. For the creatives looking to start the week strong.

Armchair Theatre

Armchair’s Jam Night presents a great open mic opportunity every Monday. Performers can showcase up to 3 pieces and have technical support from the venue’s sound mixer, but are required to bring their own instruments. With a host to make sure the performances run seamlessly and generator backup in case of loadshedding, this is a great gig for those looking for a structured event. Sign-ups open from 2pm on the day and can also be done through their Instagram. To book and find out more, make sure to check out The Armchair on Instagram.

5. For the traditional musicians looking for the right venue.

House of Machines Songwriter Showcase

At an amazing city venue that has hosted some of Cape Town’s best up and coming bands, House of Machines also opens its stage every Tuesday for a Songwriter Showcase. Open to all musicians of any level, this open mic night is an amazing opportunity for those looking for a traditional musician’s venue. Registration opens an hour before the first performance, so make sure to come early! House of Machines is available on Instagram and Facebook for anyone wanting further details.

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