Coming up

The Hook Open Mic


The Hook is our popular and fun Open Mic night. You’re invited to share your hidden talents with a café full of friendly people. We have an acoustic guitar, keyboard and two microphones and we welcome song, poetry, comedy and new surprises. Since starting in 2012 we’ve had over 250 acts play to over 2000 people. If you want to play get here at the start of the night to sign up. The Cafe opens from 9pm, sometimes we delay the Open Mic start time a bit due to shows in the theatre downstairs, whenever possible we’ll post the details here and on social media.

The Hook Open Mic on Facebook

Summer Term Dates. Start time 9pm unless otherwise stated.

Friday 22 April

Friday 29 April

Friday 6 May

Friday 13 May

Friday 20 May

Friday 27 May

Off The Hook #1

Off The Hook #1 is the first live recording of University of Essex student musicians playing original music and covers on the stage at Lakeside Theatre. The live recording session grew out of the theatre’s popular weekly open mic night The Hook.

Photos from the The Hook Open Mic

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