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Fiddler’s Elbow Gig – 10 March 2015

This is one of the gigs we would rather not have done in retrospect. Of course it is awesome to do gigs and meet our friends, and for that we are eternally grateful and fortunate. So we truly thank you for being there. From an organisational point of view, and logistics with the promoter we learnt a valuable lesson to not do such gigs ever again.

Fiddlers's Elbow

Fiddler’s Elbow ‘each band must pay £10 to hire an amp’ craziness

With no amps provided by the venue, it was suggested that all the other bands bring their own amplification and share. Normally this works fairly well if the bands can turn up to the venue with their amps and bring them in time for soundcheck. But most amateur musicians have day jobs, and as such carrying heavy amps on public transport in London is difficult. Sometimes some bands do in fact bring their amps despite this problem, and we did bring one amp. The Fiddlers Elbow promoter kept emailing bands to sort out amps between them and also kept the pressure on bands to bring at least 10 people to the gig. And if no amps would be bought we have to pay for them. Disgruntled at this, the headline band pulled out on the night, leaving 3 bands to play…and no amplification equipment available. The back-up plan was to “hire” the venue amps at £10 per amp per band. We hired two amps and singer Atul bought his amp, that was shared by the first band as well. The show went on, and we blasted out our set for our first gig of 2015. The set played on the night was:

The set played on the night was:

  • Just Walk Away
  • Out of Power
  • The Moment
  • Euphoria
  • Crap Day
  • Hypnotised
  • Pointless
  • The Score
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King’s X Social Club Gig – 2nd December 2009

Somewhere between…

  • applying to play in the US,
  • preparing a 2 hour set for our first gig outside London
  • and getting ready for our first studio album…

…we had actually had our longest break from gigging in over 2 years.

But that was all fixed by this gig. This was a brand new venue that we had never played before, the King’s Cross Social Club certainly had an air of sophistication about it, and sure enough the venue was exactly that.

DonkeyBox charity gig flyer

DonkeyBox flyer Dec 2009

Trouble in Paradise

In the background though what this gig had in store for us certainly tested all our gigging experience to date with enough drama to have actually have had a potential total cancellation of the entire evening.

At around 7.30pm the fuse of the venue tripped and the venue power was out, including the all important bar! Luckily an Electrical Engineering graduate amongst the musicians figured out where the trip switch was in the venue and got it back going again. What a close, close shave.

The first two acts almost didn’t play either but were saved very last-minute by one precious cable in the DonkeyBox gig bag that enabled their backing tracks to be powered through the PA system.

Have some sympathy for the devil and don’t lose yer strap

Martin Ewart

Martin on vocals

The PA system wasn’t performing to spec and the vocals were extremely quiet at the gig, this inevitably affected our set. Somewhat confused we carried on and gave it our full blast with a slightly tweaked set.

Though the vocals were unclear, the sheer power of the drums, bass and twin rock guitars shook the venue hard on its feet, another fuse might have just tripped 🙂

This gig was also a great test run for us to try out a mixed cover of “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Let Me Entertain You” with bass player Martin on lead vocals and Atul on bass. The song was received really well and Martin made his vocal debut.

But more drama was in store as Atul lost the bass strap and frantically tried to control his newfound instrument while the band carried on with the song. Luckily a masterful transition between the cover song and Pointless covered everything up very professionally.

It’ll be alright on the night

In our 8 years of gigging we have fortunately never have had any stage problems (except for strings breaking). We were really glad to have handled the gig and all its organic surprises professionally and calmly. After all that’s what the live show is all about, what doesn’t kill ya makes you stronger and besides it makes for awesome live drama.

Thanks to all who were there, as always we love you for making it there 😉


Tower Tavern Gig – 18th September 2009

DonkeyBox flyer

DonkeyBox flyer

While the gig before at the exact venue was a miracle of sheer organisation, this one very nearly didn’t happen either!

In fact an hour after we had played on set, the venue was shut down for playing music too loud. This time the license was not renewed and the landlord had to stop the last band from going on stage. We were speechless as the lights went out and the last band went home…without going on stage!

As for those who were there, they enjoyed a tighter and more consolidated set than the last gig. “Society Made Me This Way” was played for the second time now and we pulled off a smashing outro with blending the “Terminator 2” theme and “The Score” intro. We were so determined to get this transition right after the last gig where it was rusty and messy, and boy we nailed it this time, BIG.

This gig was very different too in terms of how we felt, we were pumped from the excitement of our SxSW application and we were visiting our producer the following day. This showed so well in our set. We were also extremely lucky to have a photographer friend who took some great black and white shots of the band on the night.

We also had some new sign ups for our fan mailing list, which is great news as we slowly but surely build our mailing list.


Tower Tavern Gig – 29th August 2009

Tower Tavern Flyer

Tower Tavern Flyer

This was the gig that almost never happened (again). Originally scheduled to play the Luna Lounge on this date, the venue actually closed down and we were left stranded! So we frantically found a slot at Tower Tavern on the same evening. And Tower Tavern was the place where we had the previous gig cancelled. So it was all a bit shaky…

But the show sure went ahead come the 29th of August..and what a show!

For almost 2 years we have been playing a standard 30 minutes set that always has the same songs in pretty much the same order. Any new songs that have been added are generally fitted into that overall song order.

But this time we were cooking up a surprise 🙂

We completely changed the set order, no longer opening with the Terminator 2 theme. Not only that but we revived an old song after 2 years. “Society Made Me This Way” was dedicated to the demise of Big Brother. Yet another shocker was that we removed “Set Me Free” from the set entirely.

Although not a packed venue, the ones who were there had a real treat with some front row dancers for all our songs!

This gig was yet another testament to the Box surviving adverse conditions and still putting on a show, thanks to all those who made it there. The show must go on!


Gigging drama

Plenty of exciting and eventful things happening in DonkeyBox land here!

Here’s what our last two gig dates and upcoming dates entail(ed)

July 18th @Bedford Park : Two bands cancel last minute. We were supposed to play a support slot and instead ended up playing a main slot supplying our equipment. Great show that we pulled off by some last minute phone calling.

August 7th @Tower Tavern : Venue had to stop live music for a bit as there were some music licensing issues, gig cancelled.

August 29th @Luna Lounge : Two bands cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances!

So that leaves us in the curious position of hosting another gig night. As always of course, the show goes on and we’ll sort something out…and make a great night of it


Bedford Park Gig – 18th July 2009

First things first, check out the video of us backstage at the Bedford Park, a bit of fun and banter

Bedford Park was a brand venue and for us. And it was the first time that the night was powered by almost all our equipment. The story behind how we got this gig is even more fun 🙂 Bass player Martin was getting flyers through his door about a local rock venue and he researched the place up. It seemed like exactly the sort of venue we could play!

So we all popped down to the venue one evening as a band outing and talked to the guys in the bar and contacted the promoter. And hey presto, we scored a gig, result! We were initially supposed to be one of the starting bands playing alongside some reasonably well established heavy and death metal bands. So we tweaked our set a bit to match the night.

But as the night approached, three bands pulled out in succession as they were double booked at some bigger venues, leaving just us and another new band that joined last minute. As it happened The Transmitters were a really cool band who were a good match to our sound too. But now it was up to us to bring all the equipment like drum kit and amps, yikes we haven’t bought our own drum kit for a while! At least never with Greg.

This is where the local advantage came in and we got the drum kit and bass amp driven to the venue.

At the end we had an amazing show. We can say beyond doubt that with every gig, we just improve a notch and it is a pleasure each time to entertain you. Not only that but this time we jammed a few things just to keep it all organic 🙂