Still glowing from the success of our first gig, we have been busy (well Pete, our singer has been busy) trying to get more gigs. To this end we currently have two more gigs confirmed for August 2016.
We’re playing the Castle Hotel, Manchester on Friday 5th August and Chorlton Monofest on Saturday 27th August.
The Castle Hotel gig has been organised by End Of The Trail Records and is advertised as a Label Showcase, which is basically an opportunity for bands to showcase their abilities to a record label in the hope of getting signed up and it is also an opportunity for the label to make a bit of money from bands selling tickets. We have been given 20 tickets which we’re expected to sell at £5 each and there are five bands playing so presumably the organiser hopes to take around £500 from ticket sales, plus no doubt they have an agreement with the venue so it could be a nice little money spinner with the very unlikely chance that they’ll see a band they want to sign.
What adds to my obvious cynicism is the fact that they accepted us to perform at the event without hearing our music. Any old useless bunch of talentless twits could ask for a go and they would say yes. As a result I expect that most of the bands will be rubbish. Hopefully we won’t be.
I may have got this wrong and they are indeed ‘all about the music’ as it says repeatedly on their website, and I’m sure they do a good job for their signed up artists, but I have my doubts.
They even got our name wrong on the tickets, as shown in the photograph and that pretty much sums it up for me.
However, we don’t need a record label, or the added pressure that goes with it, but we do need gigging experience and exposure so we’re going to do the gig. Its only a week away and we get 25 minutes on stage so we plan to do much the same set as last time. Unlike last time, we’re on first so this will give us a new perspective and will also allow us to hang around for a bit and have a pint together afterwards.
If we can sell 15 tickets, then we will get paid. We will get £1 per attendee (between us, obviously)! Not quite the millions I was hoping for when I first started learning the guitar thirty years ago, but its a start.
It is funny but I’m really excited to have a ticket, even though it is largely hand-written, and refers to us as ‘Clinic’ so I’m going to buy one for myself and keep it as a momento. Sad I know but I can’t see this thing lasting for long so I want to be able to look back on it all with fond memories.
Our next gig is at the Chorlton Monofest which I fully expect to be as crappy as it sounds. It will involve playing in pubs, to a largely drunken audience, and no doubt will involve dodging flying beer bottles while playing.
I’m sure the Rolling Stones had to do their fair share of gigs like these in their early days so there’s no point worrying about it.
Experience and exposure are what we are gaining, and that will only do us good.