Open mic and jam nights are vital to a vibrant local music scene. They offer emerging musicians the chance to try songs out in front of a warm-hearted audience, and they help people learn about sound, lighting and production before performing professionally at paid gigs.
Many experienced musicians credit open mic and jam nights with helping them find their feed on the performance front as well as allowing time and space to hone their stage craft and audience interaction.
It’s hard to imagine a live music scene without open mic nights or community jams and the Gold Coast is blessed to have so many options in a bunch of very supportive live music venues.
Monday open mic nights
SURFERS PARADISE: Full jam night at Finn McCool’s, right in the heart of Surfers Paradise in Cavill Avenue. Stage is set with drums, congas, keyboard, guitar amps, guitars and mics and musicians are also welcome to bring their own instruments. This is a big one, running 7.00pm – midnight on a massive stage.
Tuesday open mic nights
COOLANGATTA: every Tuesday from 6.00pm at Eddie’s Grub House.
Wednesday open mic nights
MIAMI: Hosted by Miami Marketta and running alongside their rummage nights and tapas street food markets, this monthly open mic night runs 5.00pm – 9.00pm. All you have to do is show up but it is first come first served. Set times are 5.00, 6.00, 7.00 and 8.00pm for 30 minutes each. PA is provided.
BENOWA: Bambino Ristorante in Benowa hosts an open mic every Wednesday from 7.00pm. Call 07 5539 3877 for more info.
PALM BEACH: open mic for all kinds of talent, kicking off at 7.00pm with bar and kitchen open from 5.00pm. San Sebastian hosts open mic every Wednesday to support local up and coming artists.
BURLEIGH: every Wednesday at Burleigh Town Tavern, 6.00 – 9.00pm, kids welcome.
Thursday open mic nights
COOMERA: every second Thursday night, Coomera Tavern opens its stage to musicians to improvise and collaborate for the sake of artistic expression. Get the event details here.
OXENFORD: this is not an open mic night, rather a muse’s jam. The Gold Coast Muso’s Jam provides a friendly and supportive environment where musos can come together and network with like-minded musicians. Backline provided. Musicians must be over 18 years old.
NERANG: Commercial Hotel, every Thursday, full backline, BYO instruments. 7.00 – 11.00pm with Cris Dean and Cover Shot as your host.
PALM BEACH: every Thursday at Palm Beach Soccer Club, 6.30 – 9.30pm. Kids eat free!
Saturday open mic nights
NERANG: Second Saturday of every month at Country Paradise Parklands, hosted by Coast Acoustics, 2.00 – 5.00pm. Located at 231 Beaudesert Nerang Road. The format here involves musicians sitting in a circle and jamming with someone calling out a tune and the chords and everyone joining in.
OXENFORD / TAMBORINE: First Saturday of every month, also hosted by Coast Acoustics. 6.00 – 9.00pm at Fox ‘n’ Hounds.
Sunday open mic nights
CHIRN PARK: 12 noon – 4.00pm at Ground N Sound. All ages and genres welcome.
NERANG: every fourth Sunday of the month, hosted by Coast Acoustics. This open mic event runs 1.00pm – 5.00pm at Country Paradise Parklands and is for members of Coast Acoustics as well as guests. A feature artist drawn from the association’s membership performance and at other times there are group performances. Three songs or 15mins inclusive of setup and breakdown time per performer.
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