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Mic Check

Want to check out Christchurch’s up-and-coming talent, or even fancy taking the plunge and putting a few of your own sweet skills out there? A number of venues around the city are hosts to regular open mic nights, inviting all-comers to get up there and give things a go in a low pressure environment. Here’s our rundown:


Strange & Co
Every Wednesday sees Strange & Co host Strange Comedy, an open mic comedy night. Support newcomers giving it a go (or jump in yourself), or catch the more experienced trying out new material. The show starts every week at 8pm with free entry – seats tend to fill up fast, so hop in early and start with a drink, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you’re keen to give it a go.

Alvarado’s Mexican Cantina
Alvarado’s free-entry comedy open mic comes around at 8pm every second Tuesday. Relax with a cold beer and some chips and guac and check out people have come up with – no two shows are the same – or get brave and dive in yourself via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Carlton’s dedication to Christchurch music includes supporting up-and-coming local talent – hence their regular music open mic nights every Tuesday. Slots are available from 6 to 9:30pm every with solos, duos, full bands, and everything in-between welcome. Hit up This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a slot.

Boo Radley’s
Boo’s open mic every Wednesday night rolls from 9:30pm to a bit after midnight, with casual sign ups at the bar itself from 9pm. Originals, covers, whatever your bag is, they’re keen to give it a listen – and every performer gets a free drink! For a more casual approach, just bring your instrument down for a bit of a jam. (pictured top)

Becks Southern Alehouse
Becks legendary jam session drops on the first Wednesday of every month from 8 – 11pm. It’s super casual – just grab your instrument, roll on up, and see what happens!

The Bog
The Bog’s regular Wednesday night open mic from 8pm lets you showcase your talent in a positive environment, and this winter bloomed into their recently completed “Star of the Bar” competition, with the winner grabbing a paid gig for two months. Jump in and get practicing for the next one!


Space Academy
The cool St Asaph Street space that is Space Academy is venue for Catalyst Literary Journal’s monthly open mic poetry night, held on the first Wednesday of every month. Get some culture of a Wednesday night with your wine or beer or release your own darlings into the world. Koha entry.

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