Oh, it was 'provided'. One small Behringer speaker, and some crappy no-name mic. Not even a mixer and don't even think about a person to do sound!
So I rush home (I live 2 mins away) and load up my PA, and get back in good time. The act before me were a country trio, and they were really very good. But with each song, they were playing to less and less people. They announced they were playing their last song as the time was approaching 2:30 (an hour after I was due to play). I still had to wait for them to pack up, and set up my own PA, so 3:00 was the earliest I would be on.
Anyway, as they were almost done packing up, and I had all my gear at the foot of the stage, one of the organisers comes over and says there's not much point in playing today, as people were clearing off to the Lake, which was down the other end of town.
So, literally minutes before due to set up, I was cancelled.
Thankfully, there is another day tomorrow where I have full access to the stage for up to 2 hours. But still, talk about frustrating.
Would you charge a cancellation fee in these circumstances? This was my lesson - I had just arranged a $ amount for payment with no conditions etc and no mention of cancellation since it was fairly low key and supposed to be a pretty stress-free gig. I've done quite a few of these before, and never seen it handled as poorly as it was today.
Oh well. I'll know for next time.