Category: Open Mic
"Open mic" is a term used particularly for performing poetry and acoustic nights, sometimes a more varied cabaret. It generally means the performers turn up before the night starts, to get their name on a list so they can each do a 5 or 10 minute spot. I think in folk clubs it has been called a come-all-ye. It's slightly different from floor spots, which performers usually have to arrange with the organiser in advance.
In comedy clubs the equivalent is open spots, but performers have to arrange them in advance in fact 3-4 months ahead, except for two clubs by the river in SE London, where performers can just turn up early on the night.
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