Music competition: auditions for Open Mic UK 2015 are announced

Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions for Open Mic UK 2015! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be hosted at 15 regions across the UK and the competition will be searching to find the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups!


Enter the Open Mic UK 2015 singing auditions now for your chance to perform on stage in front of music industry judges!



Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of artists such as Luke Friend and Karen Hardy both of which have had chart success this year, Jacob Banks, Warner Music’s Birdy, Columbia Record’s Lucy Spraggan, Union J’s Jaymi Hensley and Jahmene Douglas, both of which are now signed to Sony Music. Open Mic UK is an exciting competition to get involved in, and the music competition auditions for 2015 have just been announced!



Open Mic UK will be holding music competition auditions at the following regions for 2015! Book your audition now to secure your place! Enter Open Mic UK 2015 now!


Saturday 8th August 2015 National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT.

Sunday 9th August 2015 Studio 25, 25 Church Street, Manchester, M4 1PE.

Sunday 23rd August 2015 Marconi Social Club, Tydemans off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9FH (If using Sat Nav; CM2 9RX).

Sunday 23rd August 2015 Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB.

Sunday 30th August 2015 The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB.

Sunday 30th August 2015 Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA.

Saturday 5th September 2015 TouchBase, 43 Middlesex Street, Kinning Park, Glasgow, G41 1EE.

Saturday 5th September 2015 The Old Market, Upper Market Street, Hove, Brighton, BN3 1AS.

Sunday 6th September 2015 Tobacco Factory, Raleigh Road, Southville, Bristol, BS3 1TF.

Sunday 6th September 2015 Engine Rooms, West Quay Road, Southampton, S015 1GZ.

Sunday 6th September 2015 The Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG.

Saturday 12th September 2015 Milton Keynes C.C., Strudwick Drive, Milton Keynes, MK6 2TG.

Saturday 12th September 2015 Britannia Hotel, St James Street, Nottingham, NG1 6BN.

Sunday 13th September 2015 Sub89, 110 – 117 Friar Street, Berkshire, Reading, RG1 1EP.

Sunday 13th September 2015 Beck Theatre, Grange Road, Hayes, Middlesex, London, UB3 2UE.



The Open Mic UK music competition auditions are allocated on a first-come, first served basis, so get your audition booked now to avoid disappointment!


Enter Open Mic UK 2015 now here!


Interview – Sasha McVeigh, Acoustic EP out now

Artist name: Sasha McVeigh

Release name: Sasha McVeigh – Acoustic EP

Release date: March 16th 2013 (Debut Album will be released in April/May 2015)

1. Where and when did you first discover your interest in music?

I’ve been interested in music since I was a little girl. I’ve been singing
since I could talk, so it’s something I’ve always known I wanted to be
apart of my life.

2. What are your main ambitions in the industry?

I want to prove thatyou can make your mark in this industry without having money or
connections, and without having to conform. A lot of the time people
get to where there are in the music business because they have wealthy
family or they know people. My parents are both pensioners and I’m
from a small, rural village in the West Midlands. Everything that’s
been achieved has been achieved through hard work and dedication. We
sold whatever we could so I could go to Nashville the first time in
2012 and have basically been living on a shoe-string ever since. I
can’t thank my parents enough for the sacrifices they’ve made for me.
It’s incredible to know they believe in me so much and very humbling.

3. When did you start writing your own songs/music?

I started writing when I was 12 years-old. I’ve always loved writing stories and poems,
so it was a natural progression to the songwriting. I used it as a
means to vent my emotions. My songs were like rhyming diary entries
and they still are. The best way to find out about me is by listening
to my music.

4. What would you say is your music career highlight to date?
Definitely when I was asked to perform at the Academy of Country Music
Awards Kick-Off Concert with Hunter Hayes, Cole Swindell and David
Nail. The CEO of the ACM’s, Bob Romeo, saw me performing and said he
wanted me to be involved in the event. I of course never imagined it
would actually happen, but a few months later we got the call and then
I was flying to Las Vegas to perform. It was a huge honour and a
moment I will never forget.

5. Who will we hear in your songs? What are your influences?

Some of my biggest influences would have to be Elvis Presley, Zac Brown Band,
Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Shania Twain and Simon & Garfunkel. My Dad
was a big country music and folk fan, he loved Cat Stevens and Dolly,
whereas my Mum was a massive Motown, Simon & Garfunkel and Rolling
Stones fan. I had a very diverse musical upbringing and I think that’s
reflected in my songwriting.

6. What’s the most important thing you’d want to tell people about
your current release?

My current release is an acoustic EP and all the song’s were written solely by me. This was the first time I’d everrecorded any of my material so I think you can hear that newness in
the music. It’s very honest because of the songwriting but also
because it’s just my voice and a guitar, there aren’t any gimmicks. My
debut album that comes out in April/May will be different in the sense
it’s a full album with full instrumentation, but you’re still going to
get that honesty in the writing. That’s just who I am!

7. Who else can you recommend from your genre or local area for people
to have a listen to?

In terms of American artists, people should definitely check out Sonia Leigh who I’ll be doing a co-headline tour across UK & Ireland with in April, she’s phenomenal, I’d say she’s a
combination of Janis Joplin and KT Tunstall but she has her own flair
too of course. Also take a listen to Zac Brown Band, Charlie Worsham,
Brett Eldredge, Old Dominion and Sam Hunt. In terms of British/Irish
artists, take a listen to The Rising, Liv Austen, Dexeter, Emma Jade
and Ward Thomas.

8. Any gigs coming up?

Like I said I’ll be performing all across UK and Ireland in April on tour with Sonia Leigh. We’ll have all British artists opening for us too so it’ll be a lot of fun, a lot of those
artists, along with us, all performed at the C2C Festival at The O2.
Tickets are on sale now!

9. Where can we find/follow you online?

You can find me on all forms of social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, SoundCloud,
you name it, I’ve got it. I love to stay connected to my fans as much as possible.