Mondays are often pretty tough and they get tougher when acts pull out less than an hour from showtime or fail to show up at all. Today both these things happened with Tight Tens and so I found myself running all over the place trying to find replacements. Madeline Campion stepped into one spot (hopping straight over from her own show at a similar time) and Daniel Offen went beyond his allocated ten to, along with an extra song from myself, bring the show in at just over 40 minutes. The decently sized audience were appreciative but muted throughout and the obvious stretch that had occurred to fill the time was reflected in the poor bucket take. Credit to all involved though - it's amazing how performers come together to make the best of a less than ideal situation.
First World Problems also felt the Monday blues. Despite handing out an enormous pile of blue books and flyers in the run-up to the show our audience were a very modest seven strong. At this level I worry that the music won't cut through as it's so reliant on audience participation but I was thankfully proved wrong with every member of the audience giving it their all. Anna got her groove on and we powered through. The bucket rattled rather than crunched but we at least gained some Twitter followers and a lot of nice comments.
After this we scooted across to The Hanover Tap and performed two songs to another muted but cheerful audience. Plenty of flyers went out with a lot of nice comments received. Perhaps we'll have some of these guys at our next show. We're in the home run now.
Clash of the Tight Tens: Citizens / Donations: 26 / £24.78
Andy Quirk's Got First World Problems: Crew Members / Donations: 7 / £12