When we first decided to host an open mic night in Nuneaton we were excited and had visions of a packed pub and a much talked about night. The reality of it is, over twelve months later, we have an average attended night that we are forced to play every month due to acts dropping out constantly. I bet we have only had all three ‘featured acts’ turn up about three times since we started this night. Truth be told we had made the decision to cancel the night after next months gig.
To our surprise all three acts had confirmed and turned up on the night (one was us by our own accord) a good start I hear you state. Well it was actually and to be honest I was initially looking forward to the night. We had Paula Driver playing and Kristy G and they played two blinding sets. We also had our friend Chris play a few tracks in the open mic section and a pub regular do a few songs later in the night. Again they played well. Despite this the night still felt sour. Our set was cut a little short due to running a little late and we played a below average set, however the fact was we had both well and truly had enough of running the night. There’s simply no fun left in it for us.
Looking back there was a lot more we could have done to promote the night however we both couldn’t muster up the time or effort to do it. We love playing gigs but the responsibility of hosting a night wasn’t the joy we thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong we have made a few fans through it and had the odd good night but the bad nights have outweighed the good and so it’s time to get out and concentrate on just playing.