Birmingham is the birthplace to some huge names from the entertainment industry, from hit bands like Duran Duran to comedians such as Shazia Mirza and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. If you are a bit of an entertainer but have never been behind a microphone before why not take a deep breath and join them? Here are our Top Five Open Mic nights for beginners this May!

Big Dan’s Open Mic at Joe Joe Jims Bar, Cofton Hackett, every Tuesday night.

Chock full of quirky memorabilia and with a cool retro atmosphere, local musicians come together here on Tuesday evenings to perform rock n roll, soul, reggae, RnB, just get yourself along and put yourself in the spotlight. Free Entry.

Tales and Ales at The Prince of Wales in Moseley, Wednesday May 1st.

Relax and be transported to the realms of your imagination! This mix of experienced and novice tellers spin original tales and traditional stories re-worked to make them their own. After the first pint you may feel as if you want to tell a story too, so grab your chance! Free Entry.

On The Mic at Birmingham & Midlands Institute, Thursday May 2nd.

Come along to Birmingham’s only open mic that doesn’t have a mic! The floor is yours, so go ahead and do your thing in the spotlight: perform some magic, sing a song, read some poetry, dance or tell jokes, this event is open to absolutely anybody who wants to give it a go. Free Entry.

Useful Idiot Comedy Open Mic at Loki Wine & Deli Edgbaston, Monday May 13th

Serious about comedy? Every show at this gorgeous, award-winning venue includes new acts and comics bringing material to the stage for the first time. Nobody ever knows what will happen next, so why not take the plunge and book yourself a slot? Free Entry.

Twisted Tongues Poetry at The Station, King’s Heath, Tuesday May 14th.

An evening of poetry, drinking and chatting. Watch Birmingham’s bardic talents strut their verbal stuff, or get behind the mic yourself and read your own words in a 5-minute open mic slot bookable on the night.