This last Saturday, my band played a local show at the last minute. Basically, one of the bands on the bill dropped at the last minute and the promoters insisted on filling their slot rather than having the other bands play extended gigs. I found that odd at first figuring they could save money but I then realised there were only three bands playing that show...and with one down, a two band show seems kinda silly. Anyway, my guitarist received the call from the promoter practically begging us to fill the slot. He agreed to do it before he was even filled in on the details. The gig was for the Saturday. He was called on Friday afternoon. He called a band meeting and filled us in on the event. I'll be honest, I wasn't overly keen on his hasty decision to play a show with, literally, less than a day to prepare for. However, he was confident in our ability to get our **** together and play the show anyway. So we bit our tongues and formed a set-list. Come Saturday, we arrive at the venue. Its a shoddy little bar/venue on the outskirts of the city. Nothing overly horrible but nothing really eye-catching either. We walk inside and notice that the stage is, quite literally, no bigger than the length of two full-size drum kids together. It was a tiny stage which posed some issues for me because we're a very physical and active act on stage so it didn't look like there was much room for us to do our thing and play a powerful set. Considering the state of things, we really weren't expecting a big turnout. None of us have really big fanbases, to be honest, and we didn't exactly give our followers much notice that we were performing. However, the night that ensued would easily be one of the most memorable nights at a gig that I've come to experience. The first band that performed absolutely dominated the "stage" and really revved up the crowd (who, by the way, surprisngly filled up at least half-capacity....so around at 30-40 people lol). The punters were really into it and the first band left the stage in shambles. "Well, ****" we thought to ourselves. "Maybe we won't get the same reception seeing as we were a last minute thing?" WRONG The punters went nuts. Whether they knew of our stuff or not, it didn't matter. They were all over the joint and got into every beat we played. This only amplified our stage act and we treated it as it were a normal scale stage. Our guitarist even ran to the far back of the floor where the bar was, climbed on the bar itself and did his thing infront of a possibly displeased bartender haha. A very raw and intense show even for us. It could have been due to it being a smaller crowd and venue that made it all the more intimate or maybe it was the enthusiasm of the punters that brought out the energy in us. Either way, we've never played a tighter and more rewarding show as a band and we've been gigging for a good two years now solidly. So share your best live performances. WHat made them so special to you?