Britannia showcasing local talent

The Britannia pub in Freehold
The Britannia pub in Freehold

The Britannia pub in Ullswater Road will shortly be holding Lancaster’s very own Brit Awards.

It will begin with a series of themed open mic nights, and culminate with a competition for budding musicians to win paid gigs at the Britannia.

Landlord Chris Cookson said: “Lancaster is rich with musical talent, and we wanted to do something that would be entertaining while giving performers a step up by auditioning live at the open mics to win paid gigs.”

The open mic nights will run every Thursday evening from 8pm in July, and performers can claim free drinks if they sing three songs adhering to each evening’s theme.

Themes include The Beatles vs The Stones and Songs from Film & TV.

The competition night on July 26 will ask performers to sing three songs from any Brit Award winners.

One winner and two runners-up will then win paid gigs at the Britannia in August and September.

Event host Steve Wharton said: ”This really is a great opportunity for musicians who want to take their playing to the next level.

“Doing open mics helps them develop stagecraft, and preparing for your first full gig can be quite daunting.

“The Britannia is a true community pub with a great atmosphere on their quiz night.

“I think the performers will get a really warm welcome.”

More information can be found at www.facebook.com/britanniaopenmic.

NICK LAKIN