I've only recently (in my 50s) started gigging with a band. Gig #1 was great - a small venue with their own PA and sound guy, an enthusiastic crowd, all was good. Gig #2 a live appearance on a local radio station. Went well I think, though I didn't get to hear the show as it went out live. Gig #3, a small outdoor festival, it absolutely poured down, we had two people in the field with umbrellas. We had a decent-sized temporary outdoor stage, but although there was a roof, rain got into the XLR snake box taking out half the channels. Gig #4 last night was a wedding. Perhaps there was some mis-communication between BL and wedding organisers, but the crowd was expecting a fast paced ceilidh band, not a laid back folk and 'old time' acoustic string band and if we wouldn't play upbeat then they wanted the DJ back on. We got paid, but told there was no need to do our second set. Brutal, but I guess it's a learning experience.