London’s largest Junior Open Mic in Herne Hill
19 acts and 2 hours of mayhem at Off The Cuff Bar in Herne Hill SE24
Young performers from all over South London gathered in a Herne Hill railway arch to take part in London’s largest ever Junior Open Mic. Performers (aged between 4 and 12) included singers, poets, duets, beatboxers, guitarists, drummers, trumpeteers, pianists, ukulists & recorder players.
The event was organised by local parents, who are keen make Junior Open Mics a regular occurence and use them to nurture young people’s confidence in performance. Parents volunteer in the roles of compere, award giver, sound support, and performers assistant (for calming nerves). There is even an official photographer – Marla (age 12) – who shares her work on google drive with performers afterwards.
Organiser, Andy Gray said “This is the fourth Open Mic we’ve put together and the largest so far. We’re treating it as a next step beyond performing in the living room - which many kids love to do but then stop when self-awareness kicks in. So we want to make performances as pressure free as possible, acknowledge bravery and ensure every performer feels as special as possible.”
“For the next Junior Open Mic I’d really like to see a ‘show and tell’, a magic trick or a short story. Anything really. What’s important to us is that young people see performing as a very normal thing to do – because it is!”
The next Junior Mic is Sunday 27th May, 2-4pm at Off The Cuff Bar. You can turn up on the day or pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.