What is the Strangest place you played a gig?

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  • In my youth I used to play in a brass band and every year we would play at a local Mental Health Hospital (although it got called something VERY different back then).

    It was simultaneously very amusing and a bit scary. The patients seemed to love it and could get very excited about things.
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  • drwiddlydrwiddly Frets: 340
    A band I was in years ago had a singer who worked for an undertaker. He got us a gig at a summer fete held in the grounds of a care home. I'm sure they were hoping the loud noise would induce a few fatalities!
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  • gubblegubble Frets: 1060
    In someone's kitchen.

    Played a gig and at the end a punter asked if we could go back to hers and play the whole set again at her house for a crazy fee.

    So turned up did the exact set again in a fairly small kitchen to a group of about twenty really drunk people. 
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2433
    drwiddly said:
    A band I was in years ago had a singer who worked for an undertaker. He got us a gig at a summer fete held in the grounds of a care home. I'm sure they were hoping the loud noise would induce a few fatalities!
    Gigs in care homes are not uncommon, although full on rock bands might be! Remember that many occupents could have been in thier 20s in the 1960s. thier 30s in the 1970s and thier 40s in the 1980s. For rock and pop those are often thought of as the golden years. Playing roll out the barrel and knees up mother brown was thier parents era. They want status quo, the Move, The rolling stones and more up to date.
    I know of several professional musicians that do duets in the mid week afternoons at care homes. It's simple and easy good money at a time they wouldn't always expect to earn.
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  • ESBlonde said:
    drwiddly said:
    A band I was in years ago had a singer who worked for an undertaker. He got us a gig at a summer fete held in the grounds of a care home. I'm sure they were hoping the loud noise would induce a few fatalities!
    Gigs in care homes are not uncommon, although full on rock bands might be! Remember that many occupents could have been in thier 20s in the 1960s. thier 30s in the 1970s and thier 40s in the 1980s. For rock and pop those are often thought of as the golden years. Playing roll out the barrel and knees up mother brown was thier parents era. They want status quo, the Move, The rolling stones and more up to date.
    I know of several professional musicians that do duets in the mid week afternoons at care homes. It's simple and easy good money at a time they wouldn't always expect to earn.


    My father in law was in a care home for people with dementia and they had a singer in every week. Just to backing tracks but he was pretty good and engaged with people, went down really well. 
    Dum dum dum, dum dum de dum, dum dum dum, dum dummmm.
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  • FezFez Frets: 200
    A friend of mine makes his living playing care homes and the like. Great posts everyone and some hellish whacky places to play.
    Don't touch that dial.
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  • jamesoliver1234jamesoliver1234 Frets: 474
    edited September 23
    Bridgend crematorium...next to the coffin. quite strange.. we'd never met the person we did great balls of fire and rock around the clock ...me and the singer from my band on two acoustic guitars.
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  • ClarkyClarky Frets: 3030
    On the set of Noel Edmonds' Crinkley Bottom for a BBC Xmas party many, many moons ago.  I think I may have posted this before.

    https://i.imgur.com/3cXdTrg.jpg
    that's just awesome
    play every note as if it were your first
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  • JMP220478JMP220478 Frets: 152
    edited September 25
    Impromptu song  at 3am in middle of french ski village  - after local 2.5 hr set at last gig of "high altitude"  tour .. 

    a significant  quantity of alcohol had been had consumed by all ....



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  • The European headquarters of Scientology.

    They rent it out for functions (or they used to). It reminded me of the Stonecutters episode of The Simpsons. The main hall has these really imposing marble pillars... until you got behind them and saw that they were fake, only semi-circles like a theatre set.

    We were playing for East Grinstead rugby club's annual party. We got asked back the next year too, but some members had complained about the previous year's choice of venue so the party was held somewhere normal.
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  • jonnyscaramangajonnyscaramanga Frets: 142
    edited September 25
    Oh, I've got another one!

    We were at Midem, a big music industry convention in Cannes. Sort of like a European SXSW, but more industry and less public facing. Anyway, our clueless manager had failed to get us a showcase at Midem itself, and instead booked us into a club in town while the convention was on. 

    It was a gay bar. No problem there, except this gay bar did not host bands, it had drag acts. Instead of a stage, there was a runway. So we performed the show in single file. 
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  • GulliverGulliver Frets: 467
    I once played at a Pig Farm, got paid £20 as much booze and BBQ pork as I wanted.

    That was a great gig!
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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2433
    Last night played a 90th yes 90th birthday party in a museum. The old boy was spritely and danced with his daughters granddaughters etc. He got up and sang a verse of my way (me and keys had a quick confab on the chords). Party had full meal catering and a free bar! 
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  • Under Concorde at the Royal Naval Air Museum...
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 33342
    Under Concorde at the Royal Naval Air Museum...
    I hope you played Supersonic by Oasis or Speed Of Sound by Coldplay!
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • A few odd ones, a spray bay in Kittwhistle! a aircraft hangar at Yeovilton, on a minstrels gallery in a 16th century house, but PA was on ground floor, that was strange. 
    On an extension roof of a pub, had to climb out of windows to get on there. 
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  • NPPNPP Frets: 146
    edited October 24
    clearing in a wood near a lake somewhere in Southern Germany. No idea where exactly, about 2h drive from Tübingen where I lived at the time and I got completely lost in overnight roadworks on the way back. Should have brought a sleeping bag, got wankered and stayed over like the rest of the band. 

    Some time in the 90s so no pics

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