A Big Day on the Internet

The noise from the final Big Day Out concert will reach far beyond Auckland's Ericsson Stadium today, with two Websites churning out live backstage chat sessions with performers, Web cameras and RealAudio feeds from one of the stages.

The noise from the final Big Day Out concert will reach far beyond Auckland's Ericsson Stadium today, with two Websites churning out live backstage chat sessions with performers, Web cameras and RealAudio feeds from one of the stages.

David Merritt, who organised and maintained last year's technology tent in the kind of weather that would have sent Coromandel campers scurrying for safety, is back this year in charge of a team of 35 volunteers.

As was the case last year, the Internet feed, via ISDN, is being provided by Internet Prolink. They are joined by Digital, which has provided 30 Internet-ready PCs for use by concert-goers, Microsoft, which has provided software and financial support, and the main sponsor, Unitech.

Meanwhile, Xtra's enterprising Xtreme section has its own Big Day Out page with profiles of all the acts and a lineup of stars on chat, beginning with DJ DLT, co-writer and producer of the number one single 'Chains', from 1.15-2pm. The Xtreme page provides links to chat software and simple instructions for newbies.

The onsite Big Day Out page, with chat, RealAudio and WebCams, is at:

http://sequelconcert.co.nz/bdo/

The Xtreme page is at:

http://www.xtra.co.nz/content/xtreme/bigdayout/index.html

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