EleHouse Open Mic Night: why you should attend

Image: April Wilson

[April Wilson | TV Director]

So, I had never been to an open mic night before the 25th February 2016. Yep, it’s true I was an open mic night virgin. And before I allow myself any other virgin-related imagery, I’m going to stop for all of our sakes.

But seriously, I didn’t quite take into account what “open mic night” actually meant... In my mind, I was thinking that it’s just musicians playing at the EleHouse. And to be honest, yes that’s what it was, but it was more than that. It was a chance for people who had never performed before to get up and give it a go. The results were great.

Since it was an open mic night, there wasn’t necessarily a set schedule but here’s a rundown of all the acts who played in order:

Act 1

Mike Hadert

Mike organised the event and he played a bluesy set to start us off, showing that you’re never too old to get out there!

Mike Hadert

Mike Hadert | Photo credit: Martin Link


Act 2

Rob Dowler and Max Mellor

After blues came jazz from Rob and Max, a duo from the University of Hertfordshire.

Rob Dowler and Max Mellor

Rob Dowler and Max Mellor | Photo credit: Martin Link


Act 3

Ignite Paradise

Ignite Paradise, a four-piece rock band also from UH, played a mixed set of originals and their own twists on pop covers. For more on what the band thought of the experience, check out our Spotlight piece on the band coming soon!

Ignite Paradise

Ignite Paradise | Photo credit: Martin Link


Act 4

The Daily Grinds

Proving that open mic nights are indeed a night for a diverse range of performances, The Daily Grinds treated us to a Bob Marley cover.

The Daily Grinds

The Daily Grinds | Photo credit: April Wilson