After seeing the success and usefulness of my “Thumbnail Guide to Paris Open Mics, Jam Sessions and other Live Music,” I decided in 2013 to create a thumbnail guide to open mics in each of the cities where I travel for my job as a journalist writing about Formula One. I travel to, or visit, 20 countries a year in that job, and I take my guitar with me and seek out open mics and open jam sessions to play in, and sometimes music venues just to listen to music.
Over the four years I have been doing that – 2013 is the fifth year – built up a list of contacts and addresses, and I decided to share that list, in the same way as I decided to share the Paris list. Paris being my home, it will remain the most up-to-date list. But I thought this worldwide guide would be worth the effort, and trial.
I decided to make each page a selection of the open mics I have been to, but also a list of links that can act as a resource for searching for open mics and jam sessions in those cities. These are the links I have used myself to find places. In most case, those links will be more exhaustive and more up-to-date than my own list. But as far as I see it, when you are looking for an open mic or open jam session, any lead you can find is worth it.
I will be creating this list in 2013 as I travel from country to country and continent to continent, so if you have found this page in 2013 and see that the list is far from 20 or so countries, that is because in 2013 it is a work-in-progress.
I would also like anyone who wishes to update a country’s listing to please send me the information in a comment on the post, and I will happily incorporate it in the relevant guide.
Happy playing, and happy travels.