So we performed at Monofest 3 in Chorlton on Saturday night, and it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.
On arrival, we realised that we would be playing in what was effectively the basement of this small bar on the main street in Chorlton. The previous band was in full flow – they were playing to an audience of one – the sound engineer – before we arrived. There were six of us as Neil had brought his daughter and her boyfriend so that swelled their group of listeners considerably.
The venue was tiny, the ‘stage’ area about the size of my kitchen at home, and the audience would have a slightly (but not much) bigger area to stand or sit in. There were bales of hay for sitting on. It was all quite odd. So when Project Alpha (I think) finished their slightly prog rock style set, we set up our kit and the audience became the band.
So to cut a long, and sadly not very original story short. We played to the sound engineer, Amelia and Ben, Carl who once again came to support us, a photographer, and occasionally one or two others who were passing by on their way to and from the toilet. It wasn’t quite the exposure we were looking for, but it certainly was another valuable experience.
Set wise, we played the exact same set we have at our previous three gigs, not yet having the opportunity or courage to try our newer, lesser rehearsed songs, and it went well apart from in the final song when the sequencer packed in and we had to start again. Personally I’d prefer to have carried on, but we didn’t have much choice. We shall have to have a discussion about what do do in similar circumstances in future because it doesn’t look good when you have to start a song again from the beginning.
So four down now, and nothing currently booked in for the coming months. I’m fairly sure Pete is on the case as he seems fairly happy being the organiser of gigs. He apologised to everyone on arrival at the venue on Saturday when we walked in and our jaws dropped at how tiny and empty the place was. He had no reason to apologise though because he’s the one putting in all the effort. Despite the venue and the (lack of) audience, it was actually great fun and we really enjoyed it. It turns out that playing live music is brilliant even when there’s hardly anyone watching.