two good ones from my memory -
around 1996 did a local pub gig with mostly own material. All went very well, good crowd and we played through to 'chucking out time'.
At this point landlord pays us and asks us to play a couple of songs for his bouncers whilst they have their after hours pint before we pack up. sounds like a great big pat on the back? well you'd think so, except the bouncers from all locall pubs and clubs drip fed in (all part of the same 'family') and everytime someone new came in they'd shout "play f**king wonderwall again for soandso"! over 40 people of an overbearing physical presence fully tooled had arrived when we made moves to leave (around 2am). The landlord brought in his 2 pitbulls and persuaded us to continue playing.
Finally at about 3am the police arrived, having been called by the residents nearby, and we were finally able to leave. As all of our gigs were in local pubs under the same protection and so were the boozers we frequented socially this was the first of many a night ending in similar stories... eventually they became more 'mates', less scary & actually plied us with cash & alcohol to get us to stay so not every gig was all bad.
Embassy Theatre Skegness 1998 - conservative party conference.
seemed like a great gig to land, turn-up, plug in and play to 800 - 1000 people. we were give full star treatment back stage with runners and stage director in the wings. Front of house we had 2 sound engineers (ours and theirs) a lighting guy & three people on follow spots.
here is where it all falls apart... The free bar was in the annex, there was no drinking or smoking in the auditorium & to top it all the hired a 6 piece party function band to play to a 1100+ all seater venue. As you can imagine this gave rise to a virtually empty gig and th bass seemed so far back in the mix I split open my fingers trying to get dynamics into disco inferno (which was in first set) - there were no plasters in their firstaid kit so I played second set gaffa-taped up.
client happy so got paid, and left hoping Mark Griffiths who was playing there with Hank Marvin a couple of nights later got a better crowd!