Bards @ The Barge Open Mic
open-mic open-mic

The Barge's ever-popular "electro acoustic" open-mic night,  "Bards At The Barge", every first Wednesday of the month, from 8.30pm

Originally started in March 2000 and still going strong. Performers and spectators all welcome.

Just turn up and put your name down for your 15 minutes of fame! Everyone welcome, but slots are limited so get here early.

Selection of instruments available to use (see below). PA supplied and run by our own in-house engineers.

Free drink for each performer! - A pint, a single spirit shot & mixer, or a soft drink of your choice - max 4 drinks per group if more than one performer, at the discretion of the bar staff - free drinks can only be claimed after your performance.

Free digital audio recording of your performance! (audio is recorded to our computer in uncompressed .WAV format. If you want a copy on the night, please bring a suitable USB memory stick with you, and time permitting, we should be able to do you a copy. Otherwise, leave your email address with the sound engineer and we'll send you a MP3 version within the next day or so)... AND please tell the sound engineer beforehand if you want your performance recorded - we can't do it afterwards!

Come and have a go if you think you're Bard enough!

Please note:

This is primarily an acoustic night, so no amplifiers or drum kits unless by prior arrangement. Please email if you want to break the rules.

We have a full-size, weighted-key Yamaha electric piano available, along with an electro-acoustic guitar and bass guitar - the guitars are not the best quality so if you have your own instrument it might be better to bring that. We also have a selection of percussion available (congas, djembe, cajon) - these are slightly better.

Performers are given a 15 minute slot, allocated on a 'first-come, first-served' basis, so the earlier you get here the better the choice of slots available. Please make sure your instruments are in tune before your start time, otherwise time spent tuning will come out of your 15 minutes.

Sorry for all the rules and regulations... we really want you to come along and Have Fun!