Hi everyone, I just wanted to share an experience that I had over the weekend. Context I've been playing bass for a while, but only in the last year I got really serious about learning, practicing and being a good player. It's been awesome, because I've trascended from playing covers in my living room to actually having a band and composing the basslines in our original songs. Our format is usually semi accoustic. Cajon and other percussive items (no drums), guitar and a bass. Our band leader said that she loved the sound of the fretless and that it'd be perfect for our sound. I agreed, and loved the idea of the challenge that playing fretless meant. So I've been at it for the last three months. I've practiced really hard to play on tune consistently and also to do a better job interpreting and letting the instrument "sing". The gig So last saturday we had what was our biggest gig so far. Around 15 "upcoming" bands, a fairly large stage and lots of people in a hill outside town. We were meant to play 4th. We arrive early hoping we could do a soundcheck and to chill and check out the other bands. When we arrive, the staff says that they're almost 2 hrs behind schedule because the generator isn't working (we're literally playing in the mountains). So, we wait. Then, the guy in charge comes to us and says that we need to play first because the bands that were supposed to play before us hadn't arrived yet and we needed to get started. We refused but he just wouldn't take a no. We HAD to open. So we did. When on stage, I couldn't hear the percussions at all. This had never happened to me because we usually play much smaller gigs, and it really threw me off. We started playing our set after dark and the stage was very dimmly lit, and I couldn't see my fretboard at all. I panicked a little bit inside and did my best to let the musuclar memory flow and to follow my ear, but messed up a bunch of times. The generator failed twice during our set, and everything shut down for ~5 minutes each time. We were out of focus, nervous and just not feeling it at all. The aftermath We obviously felt like crap about the whole ordeal. It's so frustrating to rehearse a show, to work on your tunes and have everything go wrong when you have to show your creation. We gained an enormous ammount of experience during this gig, alas, the hard way. We definetely need more practice and to work more on our transitions and endings, but also... if we're playing 4th, we will play 4th. If you don't want us to play, we'll leave. We were the guinnea pigs for the festival's organisation and to suck it up so the other bands could sound better. I absolutely HAVE to practice without looking at my fretboard so I can trust my hands & ears better. I guess I just need to vent. What are your experiences regarding stuff like this? I would also love some advice on how to get better at playing fretless blindly. Thank you so much for your attention.