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STEP UP TO THE STAGE: Where to get your open mic fix in Newcastle

Did you get a guitar for Christmas and want to show off a couple of sick riffs? Been working on a few originals and now you’re ready to share them with the world? Friends tell you that you’re funny and you’ve got a few jokes you can put together for a short set? Well, the old faithful open mic nights are alive and well in Newcastle and they’re waiting for you to chalk your name on the blackboard.

For the uninitiated, an open mic an event where anyone is welcome to sing or perform in front of an audience of other musicians, or comedians, and their friends. There’s usually a PA and a Mic supplied and in some cases the organisers even provide the instruments.

Here’s our guide to some of the best open mics happening around town.

The Del Sessions

The Del Sessions, Hosted by Austin Mackay is a jam night open to singers/songwriters wanting to practice their skills. They’re currently running every Thursday night at the Hotel Delany on Darby Street.

WHEN: Thursday nights 8-11 pm
WHERE: Hotel Delany, Darby Street Cooks Hill

Homebrew Open Mic

Hosted by part-time drummer, full-time hop-lover Matt Field, Homebrew is open to performers and listeners alike. Matt has taken the humble Tuesday night and created a musos, and music-lovers, hangout. If you think you’re up for the challenge, email or text 0414 444 052 to reserve your spot.

WHEN: Tuesday nights from 7 pm.
WHERE: Foghorn Brewhouse on King Street Newcastle

Merewether Fats Blues Jam

This jam and open mic has been running on the first Thursday of the month for over 10 years. Founded by Mark ‘Merewether Fats’ Salter, it’s become a celebration of Blues, roots and folk music styles and a hub for the local music community. The stage is open to musicians of all levels and you can sit in with the house band or jam with other players. The night is usually hosted by Huw Jones, and you just need to say g’day to get your name on the board to play.

WHEN: The first Thursday of the month from 7:30 pm
WHERE: The Stag & Hunter Hotel on Maitland Road, Mayfield


Hosted by local music legends, Big Apachee this open mic happens on the last Thursday of the month and, unlike a lot of other jam nights around, is open people of all ages. Here you’ll find an extremely supportive audience with the stage open to players of all abilities. It’s a great choice for beginners and you’re bound to meet someone to jam with beyond the night.

WHEN: The last Thursday of the month from 6:30 pm
WHERE: The Wickham Park Hotel

Newcastle Wax Lyrical

This one is hosted by the regional coordinator in Newcastle for the Australian Songwriters Association, Sandy Louise. It’s more of a structured night with each songwriter given the chance to sing 3 original songs in their given set. The monthly event, held at Carrington Bowlo, also showcases a featured artist each month who performs for a longer set at the end of the night. 30-minute Feature Artist spot each month also. You need to get in to put your name down by 6:30 pm for a 6:45 pm start

WHEN: Once a month on a Monday night from 6:30 pm
WHERE: Carrington Bowling Club

“Is This Thing On?” Open Mic Comedy

This one is for the jokers! The Kahibah Sports Club have opened their stage up on the first Thursday of the month to budding or hopeful comedians. There’s a revolving door of MCs hosting the event and coming along to watch has its benefits too. You could take home a $50 bistro voucher just for being in the audience!

WHEN: The first Thursday of the month from 7.30pm
WHERE: Kahibah Sports Club, Kenibea Avenue, Kahibah

Written by Newcastle Live

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