815 The Gig

Eoin has a gig coming up. He talks about what life is like when playing on the road.


Todd: So, Eion, why are you going to Osaka?

Eoin: I'm going to Osaka this weekend to play a couple of gigs, with my band.

Todd: A couple of gigs.

Eoin: That's right. I guess you might say concert rather than gig.

Todd: Well, in American English we'd say gig.

Eoin: OK, that's --- to know. OK.

Todd: For a rock band. So, what's the gig?

Eoin: One of them is in Osaka on Friday night and the next one is in Nagoya on Saturday night. They're both at relatively well-known live houses, which is a main kind of live venue for rock bands in Japan.

Todd: Oh, wow. That's pretty cool that you're going to be playing at a reputable place.

Eoin: Yeah. I mean, it's not, you know, world famous bands don't tour and play at these places but on the scene, they're decent places with decent sound systems and fairly well established.

Todd: Now, when you go to these places do you have to take all of your own equipment?

Eoin: Not all of our own equipment. In fact, compared to playing in England, we have to take relatively little. I play base so I will bring my base and just affects but use the base amp that's already there in the live house.

Todd: Now base, do you mean... is that the guitar?

Eoin: That's right. Base guitar.

Todd: OK. So you just have to bring the guitar and the cables?

Eoin: Cables and the affects pedals. I use some affects to change the sound of the base guitar when I'm playing and so I just bring that and plug it into the live house base amp that's there.

Todd: Well, that's pretty convenient.

Eoin: Yeah, and... I mean, on top of that, the PA is all there and normally quite big, the main speakers that all the sound mixed through. If we were to play a gig in England or when we have played gigs in England, the standard is there's only the PA. Those speakers there. Everything else including the drum kit, the guitar amp, the base amp, which are pretty big items of equipment.

Todd: Yeah, that's pretty big.

Eoin: Yeah, you have to bring all of that with you and normally four or five bands will be playing together on any given night so there'll be an arrangement, Everyone will get in contact beforehand. One band will bring a drum kit. One will bring the base amp. Another band will bring guitar amp. That sort of arrangement.

Todd: Oh, that's pretty neat that like one group will bring the drums and one group will bring the...

Eoin: Well, in theory if you can get in contact with the other bands in advance, that's the way it would work.

Todd: It doesn't sound easy.

Eoin: No.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

A couple of gigs


He is going to play a couple of gigs.

Here, a 'gig' is a live performance by a band.  Notice the following:

  1. We have a couple of gigs in LA this weekend.
  2. They played a couple of gigs at Wembley last summer.

a reputable place


You're playing at a reputable place.

A 'reputable' place is well-known and respectable.  Notice the following:

  1. It was nice to play a reputable place.
  2. Is it a reputable place?

the bass amp


He will be using the bass amp.

The 'bass amp' is an amplifier for a bass guitar. An amplifier creates sound for electric instruments.  Notice the following:

  1. The bass amp is heavier than the guitar amp.
  2. What brand is the bass amp?

the PA


The PA is all there.

The 'PA' amplifies a singers voice.  Notice the following:

  1. Turn up the PA.
  2. The PA sounds terrible here.

on any given night


Five bands will play on any given night.

The phrase 'on any given night' is similar to the word 'anytime'.  Notice the following:

  1. On any given night, they're the best band in the world.
  2. It can happen on any given night.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
gigs • reputable • bass amp
the PA • any given
  1. It isn't a very place, but the money is good.
  2. My ears hurt from sitting next to the all night.
  3. On Thursday there are usually 150 people there.
  4. speakers are so bad that we can't understand the announcements.
  5. How many do you have this week?