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Upbeat is a new open mic night, run by local performance poet Alex Millar. In the month since it started it has attracted a diverse range of musicians, poets and comedians, every Thursday, originally at The Waterman pub on Mitcham's Corner in Cambridge, now at The Zebra on Maids Causeway, from 7pm. Slots of up to fifteen minutes are available to anyone who turns up on the night though performers are recommended to arrive early. There are also one or two guest slots each week that have so far featured Alice Wroe, Alice Band and London comic Vic Lambrusco.

The event promises to be extra special at The Zebra on Thursday 18th September as it marks the first anniversary of 209radio's music and spoken-word show Headstand. Over the last year the show has featured many local writers and musicians and has also attracted bigger names from the worlds of music and literature. It is the sort of show where you might hear a sixties comedy sketch followed by some Japanese hardcore punk leading onto a reading by a guest poet.

Upbeat and Headstand go hand in hand in delivering an eclectic selection of music and spoken word and whilst the open mic format will remain you can expect performances from many of the shows supporters including members of Moth Conspiracy, The Pixiphones, Helen Mort, Magic Phil and Moving Tone's very own Rychard Carrington.

Headstand presenter - and poet and Moving Tone music critic - Patrick Widdess commented: ‘The event will also provide the opportunity to have a collection for 209radio. As you may have heard the station is in a financial crisis and will close if £25,000 is not raised by the end of the month. So come and enjoy some quality entertainment and give generously to one of Cambridge's greatest assets.'

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Headstand is broadcast every fourth Wednesday from 9-11pm on 105FM and The latest programme can be heard at