I can't help but feel this will be a "gigs gone wrong" story by the end of this thread... My band had our first gig in September 2011, a single set as part of a charity festival. It went well, we left on a high... and completely fell apart afterwards. 2012 was basically a write-off. Now, our drummer announces he's set up a show for us, opening for another band at a local watering hole. After a couple of rounds of negotiations ("We're getting paid, right?"), we agreed, and now it's set -- January 18, at 8:00. Or possibly 10:00. Well, we're showing up at 9:00. I've invited a whole bunch of people, in a desperate attempt to pack the crowd with friendly (or at least familiar) faces. I've posted the show notice to our Facebook page (3 fans) and our Twitter page (1 fan). We aren't listed in the advertising. This could be our big break, where we find out if we're "really for real." I'm absolutely terrified.