The Pittville SU Bar is not usually swarming with students. But recently a new event has sparked interest. Open Mike Nights are being held in the Phoenix Bar in Laurie Lee and everyone is welcome.
Music Business students, Noah Jenkins and Haydon Wilkinson, have been holding this event every month, ‘to scope out the musical talent within Gloucestershire Uni’. They believe that music is poorly represented in the West Country and want to improve that, making better use of the venues which Gloucester Uni has, claiming, ‘touring artists don’t consider venues here’.
Their events are becoming increasingly popular, using social media and word of mouth to advertise, attracting all kinds of new acts. For example, Josh Carter, a music technology student, performs to gain confidence in music. When asked why he enjoyed performing at these Open Mike Nights he claimed, ‘people are new, it’s easier to entertain when you haven’t seen the people around’.
However, these events aren’t just for students. Mature students are also known for performing. Even showcasing their original material.
With regular deals on drinks and free entry, it’s an event everyone should keep recorded in their calendars, seeming to get more successful with each event held.
These events normally have a charity in mind. The last event, 22nd November, collecting money for the Movember charity, which aims to raise money and awareness for men’s health.
They hope to hold more events in the future and are encouraging more people to perform. Their next event is this Friday, Friday 13th December, a festive Open Mike Night. This event’s chosen charity being Cameron’s Orphanage, raising money to build an orphanage in memory of Cameron Forster. This cause also means a lot to event manager Noah Jenkins.
If you yourself are interested in performing, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.