This is the first time I've ever really experienced this, we have played some great sets recently. To cut a long story short, I got stuck at work and couldn't avoid being late, we couldn't sound check and had to use the other bands amp's which were really bad, to top it off we had no monitors so I couldn't hear anything! When we started playing the first song I litteraly wanted to curl up and disappear I thought it sounded that bad! It was an unfamiliar crowd and the atmosphere was awkward. The rest of the band had been drinking as we were paid in beer tokens and they didn't seem to notice the above problems. I was driving however and in a really bad mood. This also made me worry a bit as I couldn't believe they thought it went ok. Anyway after the show it turns out the audience voted us to go through to the next round (it was a battle of the bands night). I have no idea how we won unless the promoter who is completely up our ass rigged it for us. I've got work in 4 hours time and I'm completely shattered! Note to self, NEVER accept a gig last minute without enough time to prepare and especially not mid week when I have work the next day. Man, it's such a horrible feeling leaving a gig unsatisfied.