Well the gig was this past Saturday. Here is how it went... Showed up at the bar at 8:30. We all got set up and ready to go. The sound-guy was a different story. I checked the time and saw that it was 9:40. Shortly thereafter the sound-guy showed up and we started the sound check. It was at this point that I realized we wouldn't have to worry about time. We started our first set right around 10. Had 15-20 family/friends there to start plus a bunch of random patrons just drinking. About halfway through the first set a bunch more of our friends showed up so the floor was packed for that and all through the second set. It died down about halfway through our last set and we finished just before 2. Breaks ended up being ~20 minutes. The whole atmosphere was really relaxed as far as time. The sound guy was the only person we dealt with. I'm pretty sure this particular bar owner isn't too picky about start time or breaks as long as there is entertainment for the majority of the night. So the breaks and late start were really a non-issue. All things considered... the show went great! I messed up at least once on just about every song, but only a select few noticed. I got a lot of positive feedback from crowd members during breaks/after the show. Walked away with $75. It was an awesome experience. . We are playing at a rock festival deal again this Saturday. No pay but it should be a lot of fun since we just have one rockin' set this time. How long should they be/what is acceptable? Story: I am playing my first gig with a few guys I know from high school. This will be their first big show as well. We are supposed to play from 9:30 to 1:30. We have 3 sets from 10-13 songs each. We had planned to take 15 minute breaks but we thought 20 might be better just to eat a little more time. I joined this project 10 days before the actual show so it has been a ton of new material for me and we have only had 2 nights of full band practice with everyone's schedules. So if we sound unprepared just know it is not for lack of effort . So back to the original question... how long should breaks be in between sets?