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

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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.