TECHNO-savvy music fans at the Port Fairy Folk Festival won’t miss a minute of their favourite artists this weekend with the aid of a new iPhone application.
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The free app, which already has about 700 downloads, displays biographies for each Folkie artist, as well as where and when they will perform throughout the festival.

Punters can also assemble their own gig list to make sure they don’t miss out on any of their favourite performers.

Melbourne software developer Mark Hollands is a long time festival-goer and took the challenge of designing the app from scratch.

“I’d seen lots of other festivals with iPhone apps so I thought I’d give it a try and see how hard it could be to build one,” Mr Hollands said.

“I tried it a couple of years ago as a prototype and this is the first year it’s been made ready for public consumption.

“I’ve just done it in my spare time to learn something new.”

Festival director Jamie McKew said there had been great feedback for the app so far.

“It was designed by a punter who has been going to the festival for a while,” he said.

“Mark Hollands has basically put it together and it had over 500 downloads in a few days.

“You can design your own festival on this and keep track of all the gigs you want to go to.

“Now there’s no excuse for missing out.”

Mr Hollands said the app would help punters keep track of gigs at this year’s packed line-up.

“I’ve been coming along for almost 10 years now; it’s sort of a family tradition.

“I’ve previously been going along only knowing a couple artists, discovering a whole lot of new ones, but this year there are at least 10 artists I’m looking forward to seeing.

“No doubt there are others I’ll find out about, as always.”

The app can be downloaded for free at www.markhollands南京夜网.au/portfairyapp.

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