Reuters has picked up the story of a London based singer playing to a vast audience each evening thanks to her webcam tour:
Armed with just a webcam and a guitar, Scottish singer Sandi Thom sets off around the world every night from a basement room in south London. In a packed field of wannabe pop stars looking for exposure on the Web, she is attracting up to 200,000 people a night from as far afield as Pakistan to her Internet concerts... Flogging around Britain to attract crowds of just 200 to her gigs, Sandi Thom decided enough was enough when her decrepit car finally broke down. The information superhighway seemed a much more attractive prospect. "My car is a tin can. It kept breaking down. I don't have a lot of money and the Internet is such a massive medium with so many people surfing it," she told Reuters. "So we put up the webcam to see what would happen. It's a tight squeeze in the basement as it only takes six people. The whole thing is very surreal," she said of her "21 Nights from Tooting" webcast tour.
How splendid. Although the Tooting tour runs through until the 16th, it is now sadly sold out. Not surprising really as it sounds a little cramped, but also a lot of fun:
Sandi will be on stage at 9pm from Tooting. Anyone wanting to come to the venue physically and not watch it on the web, please note that the room capacity is a maximum of 10 people including the band. Tickets from firstname.lastname@example.org. Please bring your own refreshments. There is a sofa bed in the living room and a blow up mattress in the basement, if anyone wants to stay over, but please bring your own sleeping bag.
You can tune in yourselves here.