I think the band who are now a bajillion times bigger than when I first saw them was Muse. It was a pretty life-landmarking gig. I’d sort of discovered them by accident by messaging Matt via Aol Instant Messenger as he was a fan of some bands I liked. We got talking and he invited me to see them play a gig at Exeter Cavern.
This was just before my GCSEs and over 50 miles from where I lived but I managed to go, and I interviewed them before the show and asked what the music they were listening to was - it was Tom Waits! So I had my introduction to Tom Waits, and then got to see this unsigned (or just signed, I can’t quite remember) band play to about 50 or so people. They were brilliant and the rest is history, especially as seeing that show and watching them grow is why I decided to turn my email fanzine into what became DiS. A lot of our early contributors were Muse fans from their forum.
Anyway, I’m asking you to brag about who you saw either as they were starting out or maybe playing a secret gig, because next week is Independent Venue Week, so let’s celebrate those shows that are etched in your memory.
More info about IVW over here http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4151578-your-playlist-guide-to-independent-venue-week-2018