Looking for advice on this one - last night my band had our first show (Monday night, acoustic set). The usual line up for the band is fully electric with a full drum setup however our drummer is away until September so we decided to play an acoustic gig to keep ourselves limber.
After the gig we were offered a Saturday night headline slot in a very well known live music venue in the city centre and a reasonable payout as well (the original band that were to play have broken up). I couldn't believe our luck as getting gigs (let alone paid gigs) in a band that plays original music is just impossible.
So here's the problem - our Drummer and other guitar player are both away and on the date of the gig. My suggestion was to use the payout from the gig to cover their transport back to Ireland so they can play the show however I'm getting a lot of kickback from the other guitarist about this.
Basically what I'm asking is - should we try to get the other guys in the band home for the gig and if not - what's the best way to politely decline the gig in such a way that it won't diminish our chances for another one!