Druids Head Open Mic – Review

Published On November 28, 2013 | By Tom Sayer | Music & Nightlife Reviews & Previews

Every Wednesday from 9pm Free

Built around half a millennia ago (c. 1510), The Druids Head has to be one of the oldest pubs in Brighton. Yet with its foundations rooted firmly in the past, it has its eyes fixed ahead to the future by supporting new music with this intimate candle-lit evening every Wednesday. It seems fitting that this delightfully archaic building in The Lanes is the home of Brighton’s longest running open mic night.

The night is organised by Brighton’s own Paul McKeown, a friendly face and familiar name recognised by most musicians and open mic attendees in the sunny south. Whether you’re a regular performer, a novice who nervously plucked up the courage to perform for the first time, or just an attentive listener, the odds are that you will warmly met by Paul as if you are an old friend returning from distant travels.

With an attentive audience, nice stage lighting and an acoustic guitar available for use, this humble open mic has everything that you could want to try out brand new material, old half-forgotten songs or a cheeky pop covers to induce sing-alongs. Despite having a few regulars who always provide rock solid performances, the night avoids that cliquey feel which some nights have, and new performers will certainly meet like-minded individuals from all walks of life and leave having made a few new friends from the evening.

To book a slot, arrive just before 9pm as it can get very busy.

Paul also runs an open mic at Medusa Bar on Preston Street every Thursday night from 8:30pm which streams live on myradiostream.com/medusalive.

For more information contact Paul here.

About The Writer

Tom Sayer is a Music and Creative Writing graduate from Bangor University, born and raised in Hove. After completing an MA in Composition for Film he returned to his hometown and dived back into the local music scene, seeking out the best and freshest music to write about for welovebrighton. Tom's musical interests range from Acoustic and Indie to Film Music and Jazz and he hopes to one day write for a music magazine, so feel free to send in your job offers!