Council held an Open Mic Night at the Lodge Hotel two weeks ago as part of their now annual Coleraine Goes Country “festival.”
This event was free to attend, and had a lucrative prize of a Gift Voucher for the Hotel, and an opportunity to sing at the festival’s main events which are to be held at the end of March. On the face of it, this all sounds like a good way to showcase local talent, and it very well could have been…..if anybody knew it was happening.
The Open Mic Night has been hailed as a great success by Council, yet, it was poorly attended, and poorly advertised. A grand total of 5 people took to the stage, with only 15 – 20 people in attendance….not what we’d call a great success.
With the festival now in it’s second year, it appears that the organisers have not learnt from their mistakes.
The event was poorly advertised last year, and even with some big names like Ritchie Remo in attendance, the main events failed to draw much of a crowd, in fact the event space was rather empty.
What had the potential to be a fantastic yearly event for Coleraine, has been doomed to failure.
We have reached out to the council PR team before and after the event. They are yet to agree to communication.