Honestly I’m as surprised as you are, but we are actually able to announce our first ever gig. We’re playing a thirty minute slot alongside two other bands at the Night and Day Cafe on Oldham Street, Manchester on June 25th 2016, which at the time of writing is just over a week away.
Pete, our singer, has been busy bombarding local venues with requests to play live and he’s finally irritated someone enough for them to relent. I imagine the response was something like “If I let you play, will you please stop calling?”
Either way, we have a gig, and here’s the proof…
Now obviously with it being our first gig, and with us having no history at all, we’re getting a fairly low key listing at a fairly low key event, but its still the Night and Day, a very well respected venue in Manchester. They are occasionally host to some well known acts who might do an unannounced gig as a warm up for a bigger gig, or just well known artists from big bands who are going solo, but its mostly decent local bands so it is far from being the crappy slot in a crappy venue that we’d expected we might get for our first outing.
So here’s where the intense preparation begins. Pete told us about the gig on Monday evening and has been drip-feeding us information ever since, so by the time we got to our rehearsal last night, we know what we’re doing and when, and we’re all excited about it. We’ve decided on our set list so we played through that three times. We have eight songs but as we have been allocated a thirty minute slot, we have selected our best six songs from our extensive back catalogue (loosely translates as “we’ve ditched our two crappiest songs”). We can play these songs pretty much in our sleep now but we still make the odd mistake so we really need to concentrate.
I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t get my hands on a blank piece of A4 and a black marker so I could make a set list like proper bands do, but you can be damn sure I’ll do that before going on stage. I’ve been thinking about all the important stuff like what I am going to wear. This for me is the achievement of a major lifetime ambition and I’m going to do everything I can to make it perfect.
Now its time for The Fear to set in. I’ve never done a proper gig in my life and the fact that I don’t feel nervous yet scares me. My biggest fear is forgetting what I’m supposed to be doing, and making horrendous mistakes and the way that is going to happen is through complacency. I want to enjoy the moment because it will be over in a flash, but I need to make sure I play all the right notes in the right order.
Te good thing is that we’re all up for it and all in the right frame of mind to approach it in a positive way. I’ve created a Facebook event for it, and I’ll be seeing all my friends at Tim’s annual barbecue on Saturday so I’m hoping to have a few mates down there. Nick said his girlfriend will be there but Neil’s being a bit weird about it and refusing to tell any of his friends or even allow his family to come.
There’s certainly an element of wanting to get all our initial nerves and mistakes out of the way before letting everyone we care about see us play, as we don’t want to embarrass ourselves, but on the other hand, its a big deal, so I want people to have the option, but I’ll make sure they all know that it could be very shit.
I worry about our sound and having a laptop for our sequences will give us a problem. It shouldn’t because I’ve got it all set up now so we have a jack output to the desk for our sequencer, and the rest is live. I just hope the sound people at the venue don’t think we’re a bunch of dicks and deliberately make us sound worse than we actually are.
Go For It
So we’re going to go for it and I’ll let you know how it goes. You can come along if you want. Here’s the link.