Diana Rubene from Latvia (lives in Sheffield) has made it through to
the Area Finals of the prestigious Open Mic UK music competition and
will now be performing at the next stage hoping to make it through to
the Grand Final at The O2 in London.
Open Mic UK 2019 is the biggest search for unsigned talent in the UK.
Auditions are held all over the country every year in search for the
UK’s best singers, singer-songwriters, rappers and vocalists of all
genres performing either covers or their own original material.
Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company who
have discovered some of the best new talent and propelled them to
the big stage, working with Thames TV, Sony and Universal.
Acts who, have competed in the competitions on their way to being
signed to major record labels include; Lucy Spraggan, Luke Friend,
Karen Hardy, Jacob Banks, plus Warner Music’s signings and Open Mic UK’s first winner Birdy and The Lottery Winners along with Union J’s Jaymi Hensley, Voice 2019 winner Molly Hocking amongst many
Thousands of hopefuls entered Open Mic UK nationwide and hundreds
of auditioned on the day to impress the judges. Those who made it
through the audition stage will now take part in a live head-to-head
battle alongside the best talent in their region, performing in front of
hundreds of audience members and a music industry judging panel in
their bid to win a place at the National Grand Final.
Events Coordinator and Head of Future Music Chris Grayston said;
“Every year that we hold this competition the bar is raised and the
quality gets higher and higher. For promising singers, song-writers,
rappers and vocalists, Open Mic UK provides a real opportunity to
open the door to a music career by showcasing their talent to music
industry professionals and audiences across the country”
The competition is divided into age categories – Under 18 and 18 and
over. All types of singers, vocal performers, groups and acoustic
singer-songwriters are invited to enter, all hoping to make it to that
prestigious Grand Final at The O2.
Previous judges for Future Music competitions include DJs that work
for BBC Radio 1, such as Ras Kwame, Daniel P Carter and Annie
Nightingale MBE. Last year’s competition included judges who work for
the three major record labels – Sony Music Entertainment, Warner
Music Group and Universal Music Group alongside Judges who work as festival organisers and at BBC Introducing.