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Hard News: Big Friday Music: Counting Down at the Springs

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  • Russell Brown,

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    Two panorama shots, one from above the mainstage terraces, the other stretching from the distant Tamaki and Aroha Stages to the stadium bowl. Click to embiggen,

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    The steps are new and the toilets will be handy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh,

    Your photos remind me of the video for Better be home soon. And why on earth do they have two stages right next to each other?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Heather Gaye, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    The schedule alternates between stages throughout the day. While one act is playing, the next act sets up on the other stage, so there's no gap between bands.

    Morningside • Since Nov 2006 • 533 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    Ah, that makes sense. Thanks, Heather.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    I doubt it will sound like much to anyone not on site. There's always at least 2 stages performing simultaneously across the venue. Usually more. Unless you're right in front of one of them, it sounds like bzzzzhhhsssswwwhhhhhhhaaaaaaaoooooorrrrrrrwwwwwwwwhhhhhssssssszzzzzb. Except for maybe half an hour at the end.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    Also, they've wrapped all the tree trunks in the Lakeside area.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Hugh Sundae has an amusing video of a tour of the site with Campbell, who is driving a golf buggy.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Heather Gaye,

    so there’s no gap between bands

    At the change over, a giant finger comes down out of the sky to rotate the new band into place.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4460 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    And Kirsty Johnston has a story and video on Stuff.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    At the change over, a giant finger comes down out of the sky to rotate the new band into place.

    If that's what you saw Bart, then that's what happened.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    The Chow Town menu for the day is actually pretty awesome.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Your photos remind me of the video for Better be home soon.

    What on earth was that pre-roll ad about?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Stewart, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Wow that looks like a nice selection of tasty food! It's evident that a lot of effort has gone into providing a high standard for this event, starting with what will be a really nice venue.
    Hopefully this will carry over into in an improved beer selection? In the past it's been brown water at MOET prices.

    Pt Chev • Since Feb 2012 • 72 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Russell Brown,

    What on earth was that pre-roll ad about?

    Assuming the ads are the same as you saw, cough medicine (the capsule flying the helicopter and vacuuming bugs out of lungs) and some really exciting sugar-free chewing gum. But I didn't pay any attention to the ads that were on there yesterday.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Richard Stewart,

    Hopefully this will carry over into in an improved beer selection? In the past it’s been brown water at MOET prices.

    Don't get your hopes up.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    the capsule flying the helicopter and vacuuming bugs out of lungs

    I saw some guy with a tiger mask about to use a back-scratcher for something other than his back

    This is making the big finger in the sky seem reasonable ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4460 posts Report Reply

  • Gary Young, in reply to Russell Brown,

    At the risk of appearing a blushing innocent, why?

    Glenfield • Since Jun 2013 • 39 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Gary Young,

    I think there's a clause in the Liquor Act that requires the bar contract for large events to be given to an industrial cleaning company that will maintain huge queues and shite beer. For our own good, obviously.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Jesus Christ. I can get a PO BOY at the BDO? What sort of civilised madness is this?

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen, in reply to Danielle,

    PO BOY

    Sadly it isn't an alligator Po Boy, but man that food sounds great.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 4460 posts Report Reply

  • Sol K, in reply to Russell Brown,

    YUM!

    Auckland • Since Feb 2010 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    This is making the big finger in the sky seem reasonable …

    Ah, yes, Chinese advertising is great for helping one stay firmly grounded in reality. I'm sure that, being a scientist, you'd love to see how they market infant formula over here....

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

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    I think there’s a clause in the Liquor Act that requires the bar contract for large events to be given to an industrial cleaning company that will maintain huge queues and shite beer. For our own good, obviously.

    Something like that. it's great that they're not captive to venue caterers at the Springs (unlike, say, Parliament, where rooms are free for the public to book but feeding or water an audience = $$$$ to fucking Spotless), but very large-scale beer pourage is quite a big job.

    There may also be a "pourage sponsor" who pays some money for the right to sell beer on the day. Or not, I don't know. Anyway, here's a picture of one of the mobile bars already on site.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I think there’s a clause in the Liquor Act

    Is there a similar clause regarding airport transit lounges? Because I distinctly remember waiting in Auckland for a flight back to China and deciding to try a Speight's lager that hadn't existed back when I lived in Dunedin, and then, upon discovering that the contents of the glass I was handed looked and tasted like it was half tap water, ordering the old fashioned, regular Speight's and being disappointed to discover it looked and tasted exactly the same.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

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