One of my favourite parts of a show is the time after sound check, before the doors open.
It's quiet, private. It's you and the bands, the bar staff, the sound guy. Everyone is just hanging out, relaxing, enjoying the calm before the storm.This is where friends are made, stories told. A good time for that first cold drink.
Really, it's the only time you can talk and actually hear the people you are spending the night with.
There's a kind of behind the scenes intimacy before the doors open. I'm not yet prowling the floor, focused on hitting the boards, avoiding talking to people.
The pressure is not yet on. Aside from the stage time, this could well be the best part of the night.