And actually that was my first 'proper' gig in Bristol. I.e. It wasn't a night set up by Livesoc. And it got a really good reception! Quite a few people came up to me afterwards and said I was good, and people actually recognised me and said they'd seen me play with Livesoc before/at Fair Trade cafe (which was 2 years ago!!). So I got a total buzz from it :-) And just now my friend Sophia said that her mate went to Thekla and was chatting to her about it and said 'Yeah there was a girl with a fringe playing upstairs, and she was amazing', and Sophia was like 'Ooh that's my friend!'
How cool is that?!?!
I'm not sitting here trying to boast or anything, it's just I get so so so nervous before gigs, and always fuck up the guitar parts, and as a result lose my confidence a bit, which is why I don't pluck up the courage to contact bars/clubs and ask to play. So it's just really really nice when I get a compliment like that- not somebody who's just saying it to my face to be nice, but actually enjoyed it! It inspires me to write more and sing more.
A part of me thought yesterday it'll be a shame to leave Bristol, it's a lot easier to find small bars and pubs to play at here than back home, and a lot easier to get contacts, network etc. Also more likelihood of someone being there that you know, and a friendly face is always good. I can't imagine going back home and playing acoustic gigs like this, would be waaaaay too fucking scary.
Gah, but you know, a part of me is too lazy to take it any further. The gigs I've done so far this term have been easy, I've just replied to emails and stuff to get them, I haven't done any looking myself. So... I doubt I'll get very far! Also, it's a bit late to only start getting properly into gigs in my final year.
I feel so good about the gig I did last night! I got a message really late Monday night saying that a guy from Livesoc, who was supposed to be playing at a charity club night at Thekla (a big club on a boat in Bristol), broke his finger and couldn't play- and he'd given them my name, and so could I do a half hour set. So I said yes, so last minute I strolled up and played last night.