Hey guys, my band and I have been working on material for a while now and we're almost done our first EP. Our goal is to get everything down and be gigging locally by Christmas time. Unfortunately, none of us have played shows before so we don't know what it's going to be like. I've already tried searching around the forum and haven't been able to find the answers to my questions. I've already read the thread "Don'ts of Live Performance" but is there any other advice that I should know about live performance? How does one go about finding gigs and how long are your sets when you first start? Are there any must have pieces of gear besides a tuner, distortion pedal and noise gate? Do you get paid at all in the start and how do you go about doing sound checks? All and any advice would help but these are the main questions we have been wondering. Thanks a lot !