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Ali Gilbert – Truth Be told

Ali Gilbert is a self taught Singer/Rapper/Songwriter from Tamworth West Midlands and has been performing music since the age of 18. After starting on the karaokes to build up confidence and get used to singing in front of a crowd he started to take it more seriously and move on to the open mic nights doing covers and started to learn acoustic guitar.

From his early 20’s he began performing his own gigs at local pubs clubs bars and starting to get regular bookings which boosted his confidence and sent started to make covers my own and think about getting into writing my own material.  I wrote my first song ‘Days go by’ at 22 which was has rap/vocal style vibe and set him in the direction of what genre and artist he wanted to be. Ali Gilbert has since gone on to release debut EP ‘Truth Be Told’ which includes 5 tracks based on real life personal experiences about love rejection and mental health.

After receiving recognition from local press radio stations such as Touch FM and having some success in music competitions such as Open Mic UK and Soundwaves Music Competition in which he reached the National Finals in both competitions. He has performed and headlined venues such as Cafe 1001 London The Sunflower Lounge 02 Academy 2 & 3 & 02 Institute 3 as well as the NEC Birmingham. He has recently supported the Australian Indie/Folk band The Sons Of The East on there UK/Europe Tour in May 2019. 

His main influences in music are artists such as Plan B, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, The 1975, James Morrison, Paolo Nutini and Motown. He is due to be booked to play at music festivals in the UK in 2019/2020 and continues to write new music and hopefully release his debut Album in 2020. If you would like to follow his music and fins out more about this artist search @Ali Gilbert Music on all social media platforms also check out debut EP ‘Truth Be Told’ available to download/Stream across all stores.

Open Mic UK

   Open Mic UK


Music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2018 have been announced!

Open Mic UK

Open Mic UK have announced their music competition auditions dates for Open Mic UK 2018! The Open Mic UK music competition auditions will be hosted at 11 regions across the UK and the competition will be searching to find the UK’s best singers, singer songwriters, rappers and vocal groups!


It’s a chance for aspiring singers and musicians to perform to Music industry judges who are at every stage of the music competition from the auditions to the Grand Final. Judges in the past include judges that work for the three major record labels (Universal, Warner and Sony) in attendance at last year’s competition, as well as festival organisers, national radio DJs, regional press and BBC Introducing, with judges getting more prestigious as the competition


Open Mic UK is brought to you by Future Music, the company behind the discovery of numerous acts who have competed in the competitions on their way to being signed to major record labels.
Lucy Spraggan, Luke Friend, Karen Hardy, Jacob Banks, plus Warner
Music’s signings and Open Mic UK’s first winner Birdy and The Lottery  Winners along with Union J’s Jaymi Hensley amongst many, many more have auditioned.

Book your audition for 2018 now to secure your place… Enter here!

Sunday 26th August 2018 – Early PM – Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Lock, London, NW1 8AB

Sunday 9th September 2018 – PM – Mediacityuk, University of Salford, Plot B4, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 2HE

Saturday 15th September 2018 – Early PM – SouthBank Club (Studio), Dean Lane, Bristol, BS3 1DB

Saturday 15th September 2018 – PM – Vincent Harris Suite, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield, S1 2JA

Sunday 16th September 2018 – AM – White Eagle Club, 211 Balham High Road, London, SW17 7BQ

Sunday 16th September 2018 – PM – 1865, Brunswick Square, Southampton, SO14 3AR

Sunday 16th September 2018 – AM – The Tyne Theatre & Opera House, Westgate Road, Newcastle, NE1 4AG

Friday 21st September 2018 – Evening – Absolute Music, Knighton Heath Estate, 855 Ringwood Road, Bournemouth, BH11 8NE

Saturday 22nd September 2018 – PM – Concourse 22-23, National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, B40 1NT

Sunday 23rd September 2018 – AM – Hamptons Sports & Leisure, Tydemans off Beehive Lane, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9FH

Sunday 23rd September 2018 – PM – Britannic Suite, The Liner Hotel, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool, L3 5QB

And They Stare – Natalie Shay (Official Video)


Natalie Shay: multi award winning singer/songwriter and BRIT School student, who is no stranger to playing venues across London, Including. The Roundhouse, The 100 club, Half Moon Putney, The Bedford, The12 Bar Club, Hyde Park and Hard Rock Calling at the Olympic Park. Natalie has shared the stage with acts as diverse as Soul II Soul and Hudson Taylor.
A three time finalist and two time winner of the Mayor of London, Gigs: Big Busk competition. The winner, of Open Mic UK. The winner of the guardian Future8 2014 Music Award. And the winner of the London Music Award for Best Undiscovered Talent.
Natalie’s début single ‘Follow You Home’ reached number 15 in the singer/songwriter iTunes top 200 chart.