Open mic, jam and songwriter’s sessions across Aotearoa

One of POPmusic.nz’s main objectives is to connect musos with each other for a good ol’ jam or a safe space to try out your stuff, below is a growing list of these. Find your crew to have a jam or simply come down for a listen and support your local music venue, heroes for hosting these nights.

While POPmusic.nz is starting up we will feature a lot of Canterbury and the South Island but we would love to feature your open mic, jam or songwriter’s session anywhere in Aotearoa so get in touch.


Te Waipounamu (South Island)

Ōtautahi & Waitaha (Christchurch & Canterbury Region)


Wunderbar Open Mic

Tuesday night in our pretty Lyttelton harbour and the magic of the Wunderbar. Quaint, odd and wonderful.

PLEASE NOTE: Wunderbar does not currently appear to be open on Tuesday, so fingers crossed they’ll be back soon.

Level ONE Open Mic Tuesday

Joining in on Tuesday nights is New Brighton’s very own Level ONE open mic night. Everyone welcome come on down and have a go!


Willie’s Open Mic

Classic open mic night at the Irish pub with the genius, ginger Willie in charge. Starting of your Wednesday night at 7pm, jump in and have a go!

Boo’s Open Mic

Playing into the early hours of the morning join this crew to top up your Wednesday music fix. Where hospo and muso come together to tear up the stage.


Evil Genius Open Mic


Right on the estuary Evil Genius accommodates this fortnightly open mic night. Hosted alternately by wonderfully talented humans Kate Anastasiou and Blair Allchurch, this is a great space to try out your stuff.


The Embankment Open Mic

With a full band set up, spare guitars galore and a feature band slot this is rock star heaven. Get into it!


A Rolling Stone Open Mic Sundays

Hosted by the lovely Myllo & Hannah-Grace, join this lovely gathering full of good vibrations.

Tai Poutini (West Coast Region)


romantic young couple playing guitar sitting on cliff above waving ocean

Woodstock Hotel Jam Night

Join in the jam or relax and have a listen to local talent and passers through at the woody!

Te Ika-a-Māui (North Island)

Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Region)


Shady Lady Open Mic

Shady Lady is hosting their weekly Open Mic Night, ran by the unreasonably-tall-and-talented Andrew William.


Moon 1 Jam Night

Every week join the jam for some awesome on the spot collaboration and a true celebration of talent.


The Thistle Inn Open Mic


On every first Wednesday of the month come down and play your tunes in this warm and vibrant atmosphere with their roaring fire character & charm.

close up photography of microphone

El Barrio Open Mic

Whether you want to sing, perform music, recite poetry, tell a story, joke, rap, or show us your latest circus trick…. ALL talents and levels welcome!


Eva Beva Open Mic Night

Come show us your stuff, we’re all friends here.


Valhalla Sunday Jam


You know you love to JAM. All talent levels, styles, and genres Welcome. Bring a lead and instrument to jump on stage and have a jam.

Kirikiriroa, Waikato (Hamilton, Waikato region)


Biddy’s Open Mic

Friendliest Irish Pub in town, Get amongst it!

POPmusic is a brand new undertaking by POPgroup.nz and we are just getting started. Currently under construction we hope to have the site fully up and running very soon.

Do you or someone you know run an open mic, jam or songwriters session in Aotearoa? Email link or details to play@popmusic.nz and it will feature here and be added to our nationwide EVENTcalendar.