I’ve been working on the next round of cosmetic improvements to the website. Check out what it’s going to look like via the link below:
Please give feedback via the contact form.
This is an open letter to the administrators of evvnt.com:
I am the administrator for a website which is currently being bombarded by your (probably automated) attempts to submit event details.
My website is www.findanopenmic.com.
In the last 24 hours you have made 37 unsuccessful attempts to upload event details to my website.
If you took even a moment to look at my site you would see your own events are totally inappropriate, and I can give you my personal guarantee that you are never going to get any of your event details on there.
Of course, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little flattered by your attention. However this situation leads me to suspect your business model tends more towards the “quantity not quality” side of things – the exact opposite of what I am trying to achieve with Find An Open Mic.
So please just do me a favour and stop submitting to my site. It’s REALLY annoying
I’m sure you’re quite nice people, if perhaps a little misguided.
Feel free to send me a response via my contact page.
It’s been 8 months since I posted any news. During that time I have been working on totally revamping this site to make it what I always wanted it to be.
On the surface, not much appears to have changed. The front page looks a lot better, and the “profile pages” for each open mic now contain more information than they used to. But that’s just a cosmetic improvement.
The real changes have taken place behind the scenes – in the database.
All information you now see on this site is being pulled from something called a “mySQL database” – which is basically an extremely efficient Excel spreadsheet that lives on the internet. The data is pulled out in real time, every time somebody loads a page. What that means is that as soon as I make any edits to the master database, the page content automatically updates to reflect those changes. All content on this site can now be edited from one location. This means the time I spend working on general upkeep of the site has been massively reduced. It also means I have been able to automate many tedious tasks; further reducing my work load.
The most visual impact of this new database is the new “list view” showing recently confirmed open mic nights which is on the front page. This list updates itself automatically, as and when people respond to my (automatically generated) emails asking them to reconfirm the details of their open mic night.
Up until now, the only way to truly “search” for an open mic night on this site was by using the interactive map – but this has now been supplemented by the “list view”. The other great thing about the list view is that it is ideal for use on small screens such as smart phones (more ideal than an interactive map).
To achieve all this, I have taught myself – from scratch – how to write several different web programming languages. Which is totally awesome as far as I am concerned, and is the single reason why the work has taken 8 months to complete. A professional probably would have completed the work in about 6 weeks.
To be honest, the work is not totally complete, but is complete enough to be put into use. I’ll be continually tweaking it for the foreseeable future.
So there you have it. I hope you feel these changes are definite improvements. If you have any feedback, please use the contact form.
Thanks to a tonne of promoting I did, sixty seven open mic nights were added to the website – more than any other month in the three-year history of the website. To put it into context, the total number of new open mic nights in January and February 2013 COMBINED was only fifty seven.
And I still haven’t even scratched the surface.
I really do wonder how many open mic nights are happening in the UK. I’ll almost certainly never know the true answer.
At the beginning of the month, I was interviewed by Merge Music Magazine to contribute on an article regarding open mic nights titled “WHY EVERYONE SHOULD GIVE A FOX AND DUCK ABOUT OPEN MIC NIGHTS”.
My interview was combined with those of several other people to make the whole article. There wasn’t a great deal of my interview left in tact, so I thought it would be a nice idea to publish my interview in full here.
I have made a minor change to the website – until now, the details for each open mic night included the date when the open mic night was last confirmed (by “last confirmed”, I mean the last time I sent the organiser an email to get confirmation that their open mic night is still happening). The purpose behind this datum is to give the reader a sense of how up-to-date the associated information is. But then I realised; the entire website is supposed to be up-to-date – and in fact it is – no information goes unchecked for more than 6 months. So it doesn’t really add a tremendous amount of additional “trust” to provide an exact date of the last confirmation. Also, I always had to manually edit this piece of info with every (re)confirmation. So removing it altogether means it saves me a bit of work – which is awesome.
NOVEMBER 2013 UPDATE – The above news is no longer applicable due to significant database improvements which you can read about here. From now on, all profile pages show when that open mic night was last confirmed.
Today (7th January 2013) is the third birthday of Find An Open Mic. Hooray!!!!!!
Here is a poem to celebrate:
If you don’t own the latest thing, it won’t go out of date.
If you don’t own much, you won’t have much to lose.
If you own next to nothing,you won’t worry about ending up with nothing.
If you own less than you want, you will still have more than you need.
If you spend less money on things, you can spend more time on you.
If you own less, you will value it more.
If you own only what you can carry, you will carry less baggage around with you.
At the end of December 2012 there was a large amount of spam messages being sent through the contact forms. Since then, I have enabled a spam-protection system on all contact forms. I do not know how well this will work so I guess I’ll just monitor it and see.
Get full details by clicking on the venue names.
|The Hurlingham||London (Fulham)||Irregular - contact organiser for next date|
|Walthamstow Library||London (Walthamstow)||Irregular - contact organiser for next date|
|The George Pub||London (Tower Hamlets)||Irregular - contact organiser for next date|
|Halfway House||London (Richmond)||Every Thursday (open mic jazz on Mondays)|
|The Enterprise||London (Camden)||Every Monday|
|Translate Bar||London (Shoreditch)||Every Monday|
|Elixir Bar||London (Camden)||Every Monday|
|Apartment 58||London (central)||Every Monday|
|Bar Kick||London (Shoreditch)||Irregular. On a Monday, every three months.|
|Lock 17/Dingwalls||London (Camden)||Every Monday|
|Cable Street Electric||London (Tower Hamlets)||Every Monday|
|Annie's Bar||London (Camden)||Last Monday of the month|
|Zebrano||London (Soho)||Every Tuesday|
|Filthy's||London (Islington)||Every Tuesday|
|Earl Haig Hall||London (Crouch End)||Every Tuesday|
|The Abbey Tavern||London (Camden)||Every Tuesday|
|The Edinboro Castle||London (Camden)||Every Tuesday (Begins Feb 11th 2014)|
|The Raven||London (Chiswick_||Every Tuesday|
|New Cross Inn||London (Deptford)||Every Tuesday|
|Caffe Concerto||London (Shepherd's Bush)||Every Tuesday|
|Gigalum||London (Clapham)||Every Tuesday|
|Bertie's Bar (Hidden Away Music)||London (Merton)||Every Tuesday (on hiatus until Feb 2014)|
|The British Oak (Blackheath Folk Club)||London (Blackheath)||Every Tuesday excluding December 2013 - MONDAY 23rd & 30th December 2013|
|Shaker & Company||London (Camden)||Every Tuesday|
|Tooting Tram||London (Tooting)||Every Tuesday|
|Full Stop Bar (Girlfriend In A Comma)||London (Spitalfields)||Last Tuesday of the month|
|Astons Champagne & Wine Bar||London (West India Docks)||Last Tuesday of the month|
|The Grosvenor||London (Pimlico)||Last Wednesday of each month|
|House Of Wolf||London (Islington)||Every Wednesday|
|The Water Poet||London (Spitalfields)||Alternate Wednesdays|
|Ox Wagon||London (Fulham)||Every Wednesday|
|The Victoria||London (Mile End)||Alternate Wednesdays|
|The Library (Up All Night Music)||London (Islington)||Every Wednesday|
|The Silver Bullet||London (Finsbury Park)||Every Wednesday|
|Electric Social||London (Brixton)||Every Wednesday|
|HOUSE Cafe and Gallery||London (Camberwell)||Last Wednesday of the month|
|Harrow Arts Centre||London (Harrow)||Irregular Thursdays - contact organiser for next date|
|Old Hall Tavern||London (Chingford)||Third Thursday of the month|
|The Chatsworth||London (Acton)||Every Thursday|
|TKW Bar||London (Greenwic)h||Alternate Thursdays|
|The Larrik Inn||London (Hammersmith)||Every Thursday|
|Richard Mully's Basement Bar||London (Euston)||Alternate Thursdays during term time|
|The Rose Pub||London (East Dulwich)||1st and 3rd Thursday of every month|
|The Pilgrim Pub||London (Lambeth)||Last Thursday of the month.|
|Hand in Hand||London (Brixton)||Every Thursday|
|Floripa||London (Shoreditch)||2nd Thursday of each month|
|The White Horse||London (Richmond)||Alternate Thursday|
|Mamuska||London (Elephant & Castle)||Every Thursday|
|The Windmill Hotel||London (Brent)||First Thursday every month|
|The Soiree Restaurant and Lounge Bar (RedHed Promotions)||London (Central)||Irregular - usually last Thursday of the month - can vary - best to check|
|Kobi Nazrul Centre||London (Tower Hamlets)||Last Friday of each month|
|The King William IV||London (Pimlico)||Every Friday|
|Waltham Forest Corporation Sports & Social Club||London (Waltham Forest)||Last Friday of the month|
|Willoughby Arms||London (Kingston upon Thames)||Each second Friday and last Friday of the month|
|The Hornbeam Cafe||London (Walthamstow)||Second Friday of the month|
|'The Sinbin' at Plough and Harrow Pub||London (Leytonstone)||3rd Friday of the month|
|The Victoria||London (Battersea)||Every Saturday|
|Cool Cats' Cafe||London (Camberwell)||Alternate Saturdays|
|The Kings Arms||London (Westminster)||Every Saturday|
|The Admiral Hardy||London (Greenwich)||Every Sunday|
|White Horse||London (Richmond)||Every Sunday|
|inSpiral Lounge||London (Camden)||Every Sunday|
|The Leconfield||London (Islington)||Every Sunday|
|The Railway Tavern||London (Lambeth)||Every Sunday|
|The Fox Inn||London (Hanwell)||3rd Sunday of the month|
|The Anchor||London (Battersea)||Every Sunday|
|Princess Of Wales||London (Stratford)||Every Sunday|
|Ailsa Tavern||London (Twickenham)||2nd Sunday and last Sunday of the month|
|Costa Coffee||London (Uxbridge)||Last Sunday of the month|
|Ruskin House Club||London (Croydon)||Every Sunday|
|The Hideaway||London (Islington)||Every Sunday|
List if differences between the old site and new site:
That’s basically it. Hope you find the website to be a useful resource.
Matt Coston – website creator.
OK so the new version of the website is almost finished.
I’m having a problem with the contact forms that visitors will use to send a message to the organisers of open mic nights – they just don’t seem to be very reliable (they are going to people’s spam folder). So I need to resolve that and then we should be set.