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5 Open Mic Nights not to miss in Bournemouth



You can enjoy an open mic night in loads of places across town

Bournemouth has a fantastic music scene with bars and pubs across the town giving local artists a real opportunity to get their name out there with regular open mic nights. Here at Humans of Bournemouth, we’re always on the look out for local upcoming talent, so we thought we’d list our favourite places for new artists to really get their feet wet…

 Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar, Boscombe

When: Every Wednesday from 9pm.

Based in the heart of Boscombe, this smaller venue is packed with life. Chaplin’s Bar hosts an open mic night every Wednesday with artists from all kinds of backgrounds turning up to showcase their talent. The night has a friendly atmosphere and aims to create an enlightening musical experience for its supportive audience, making it ideal for newcomers and beginners. The night kicks off at 9pm but we recommend you get down there early as it is known to get busy!

For more information on this venue, check out their website and Facebook page.

Buffalo Bar, Winton

When: Every Tuesday from 7:30pm.

With two venues based in Winton and Lansdowne, Bournemouth’s Buffalo Bars really exhibit the best of our local music scene. The Open Mic Night based in Winton is held every Tuesday and is hosted by the extremely talented Klauss Shnopplejagen. The venue welcomes artists from all ability levels, with a free drink available to every performer. Certainly one not to miss for any artist or local music fan.

Take a look at the Buffalo Winton Facebook page to find out more.


O’Neill’s, Bournemouth

When: Every Tuesday from 9pm.

O’Neill’s “Revolving Doors Open Mic Night” is back after the venue underwent refurbishment work back in January. The event is hosted by local musician Si Genaro and features an in-house PA and mixing desk to add that little extra sparkle to your sound. The night can be a fantastic opportunity for any local musician but is known to be one of the busier Open Mic Night events in the town. Do ensure that you arrive early to get your name on the list!

For more details, head over to the “Revolving Doors Open Mic Night” Facebook event.


The Four Horsemen, Bournemouth

When: Every Monday from 8pm.

The Four Horsemen hosts a traditional Open Mic Night every Monday. This is a plug-in-and-play style of gig which accepts both musicians and poets. The night is ideal for upcoming musicians to work on their confidence in front of a welcoming audience. All performers also receive a drink on the house!

For more information, check out the event on Facebook.


DNA, Bournemouth

When: Every Wednesday from 8pm.

New for this month, the DNA Open Mic Night welcomes all manner of musical and vocal artists. Based in the centre of Bournemouth, this event is perfect for those looking to try out material in front of a fresh audience.

You can learn more about this event on the DNA Facebook page.


Have you got a favourite regular Open Mic Night that’s not on the list? Let us know your preferred spot to perform in the comments below…

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Bournemouth Repair Café Fighting Throwaway Culture



Images by Dominic Hughes and supplied by Transition Bournemouth

Ahead of the return of Bournemouth Repair Café on Saturday 20th July, I met project lead, Jennie Allen, to find out more about their mission.

Bournemouth repair café is a cog in an international movement of repair cafes striving to resist throwaway culture. Originating from Amsterdam, repair cafes are free meeting places with a base of skilled volunteers, encouraging members of the public to bring in damaged goods for repair. From electricals and textiles to jewellery and furniture, the repair café has you covered.

The Bournemouth repair café is a product of Transition Bournemouth – a local community initiative reducing the impacts of peak oil and climate change. The movement is founded on the belief that working together as communities is where real change takes place, as opposed to individual efforts or waiting for the government to act on issues of concern.


Repairs are often simpler than expected


Project lead Jennie Allen, said:

“The goal is to reduce landfill waste whilst encouraging communities to share at the same time…”

Sharing comes in a variety of forms, including skill sharing, tool sharing and idea sharing. A key objective of the repair café is to pass on knowledge. For instance, those coming in with broken iPhones should leave with the skills to fix them.

“It relates to the idea of a circular economy. People always say ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, but there is a fourth art as well. ‘Repair’ – one that people don’t do as they used to, because of throwaway culture”

A recent study found that one product successfully repaired at a repair café can prevent up to 24 kilos of carbon dioxide emissions. The study echoes the general message implicit in the repair café movement – that the significant barrier to repair is the general public’s lack of necessary skills, rather than irreparable damage to products.


Repair cafés are entirely voluntary, although donations are always welcomed. Donations go towards hiring venues, acquiring new tools and components and covering travel expenses for volunteers. Plus providing refreshments, of course!

Jennie also emphasised that the project should not be viewed as a challenge to local businesses. Rather, they aim to help people become more conscious of sustainable repair practices.


Jennie Allen – Project Lead for Bournemouth Repair Cafe

The event will be held at Bournemouth Library on Saturday 20th July from 2-4pm, in the large meeting room on the second floor.

“We welcome the public to come in with broken items. We will carry out repairs and hopefully teach a thing or two!”

If you are interested, Jennie will welcome you at Bournemouth Library from 2pm tomorrow!

Find out more via the Bournemouth Repair Café Facebook page, or e-mail 

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What’s On: Rosé & Fizz Festival



The festival is hosted by Maison Sax, Ashley Cross, Poole

Following a successful gin celebration, Maison Sax hosts a festival dedicated to all things pink and bubbly…

August kicks off in style this year with Maison Sax in Ashley Cross. They’re hosting their own Rosé and Fizz Festival on the 10th.

The event was announced following the success of their artisan gin festival back in May. It will take place in their huge Provençal garden at the back of this bistro-style restaurant.

English Oak Vineyard are among the local brands showcasing their products, including an array of sparkling wines.

And rosé and bubbly lovers will be very pleased to learn that the event is free to enter. All you need to do is comment “Fizz o’clock” on the event’s Facebook page.

Find out more about Maison Sax in this article, or visit the restaurant’s website

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Stuart Goldsmith to Headline Coastal Comedy



Coastal Comedy presents Stuart Goldsmith

As their season draws to a close, Coastal Comedy has one last high-profile act to share with you…

Award-winning monthly event Coastal Comedy welcomes Stuart Goldsmith this weekend in the last show of their season. The comedian and podcast host will headline the show, taking place on Saturday 13th July at Poole’s Lighthouse Theatre.

Goldsmith has a reputation for smart, accessible stand-up, a natural charm and a quick wit. All this was honed by his early years as a street performer. His act features many up-front revelations about love, sex and romance (among other things), offering plenty of surprises along the way.

Alongside Goldsmith and the event’s founder Adrienne Coles, two other acts will take the Coastal Comedy stage. Opening the show is Rick Kiesewetter, an observational comic with specialist subjects in national identities and stereotypes. And then there’s Johnny Wardlow, part of the BBC New Comedy Awards for three years running.

Coastal Comedy has earned high recognition as one of the best nights out in Bournemouth. This includes the Night Time Award at this year’s BH Stars, plus a finalist in for the Best Night Out Award at 2018’s BAPTAs. Each and every evening never disappoints.

Interested? Get on over to the Coastal Comedy website to book your tickets or visit their Facebook page for more information…

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