We’ve recently starting hosting poetry and music open mics at Cafe Oro in Glen Eden. For us it’s an experiment and we’re learning as we go.
So far we’ve done one of each. What we’ve learned is that poetry is practically the same set-up on the night as comedy line-ups while music takes considerably more time to set up for the evening but once set-up runs in a very similar way to poetry.
Promoting these nights to potential audiences is a bit harder & we’re thinking it would be reasonable to expect an audience size a bit smaller than for comedy but for areas where it is unreasonable to expect a weekly comedy show to last they provide a great way to fill those empty seats on quiet nights.