Harold Sanditen’s Open Mic Party

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  • “It’s fun and funky and has to be the best value entertainment in London” – Thanasis Kalantzis​, Cabaret Scenes

    “This is no ordinary open mic… a glorious selection of treats and surprises at every turn… a genuinely entertaining evening for audiences” – Fiona Coffey, Cabaret Scenes Magazine

    “There may be quite a few open mic nights in London, but few of them have either the cachet, class or camaraderie that emanates from this central London venue… the range and diversity of the talent is fascinating… slick, self-assured and thankfully fairly unpredictable” – Paul Vale, Musical Theatre Review

    Join host, Harold Sanditen, and regular musicians Michael Roulston on piano, Robert Rickenberg on bass and Jonathan “Kitch” Kitching on drums, at Crazy Coqs’ longest-running show, the über-popular Open Mic Party.

    Audiences are assured a terrific show, with performers from across the globe. Who knows, you might discover the next Streisand or Bublé, or spot a star across the room. Michael Feinstein, Ann Hampton Callaway, Anita Gillette, Steve Brookstein, Marilyn Maye, Billy Stritch, Rowan Atkinson, Steve Ross, Amanda McBroom and many more have already discovered the excitement of the evening, either attending or performing, or both.

    If you’re a performer, it’s your chance to shine in one of the most beautiful music rooms in London. We welcome singers and instrumentalists, and our musicians can play jazz, cabaret, musical theatre, pop, rock, and even opera! We encourage everyone, from newcomers to seasoned professionals.

    Here’s how it works for audiences and performers:

    Buy a ticket – only £8 – online in advance, or on the door subject to space
    Doors open at 8.45pm, with the show starting at 9.15pm and lasting until 11.15pm (without interval)
    Order a drink and enjoy the show
    Be considerate to performers and refrain from conversations during performances

    For performers:

    Signups begin at 8.45, and the show starts at 9.15.
    Sign up directly with Harold Sanditen
    The emphasis of the night will be on having fun, so lengthy slit-your-wrist ballads will be strongly discouraged.
    Bring your music in the correct key, with a copy for both piano and bass. Be sure your music is either in a folder or taped together.
    When it’s your turn, you will have a short time to give our piano and bass player the feel of your song, just prior to performing it.
    This is a purely live, musical evening. No stand up comedy, and no backing tracks.
    You are welcome to accompany yourself, or bring your own accompanist.

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