Vinyl is back at the Mega Records & CD Fair, even though some might say it never left the building. Vinyl lovers from all over the world find their way to the greatest record fair in the world. On Saturday and Sunday April 8 & 9 collectors of vintage gramophone records and freshly pressed vinyl meet in Utrecht, where the Jaarbeurs houses more than 500 stands in 12.500 square metres of floor space dedicated to a great extent to good old and yet super contemporary vinyl records.
overview hall 12 April 2016
Many music lovers regard the vinyl record as the best sound reproduction medium that ever existed. A nice record collection is a joy for ever. Others see long playing records as part of their lifestyle, essential for the modern interior and beautiful artefacts that show taste, style and love of music. The vinyl record has made an incredible comeback over the last twenty years, from a classic medium for a select group of aficionados to a new way to set music apart from the disappointing sound quality of heavily compressed mp3-files or streaming services.
Vinyl has a warmer sound, a record makes you feel its grooves in a direct way and the art work of an album cover looks way better in its bigger, original format. International record labels such as Sundazed, Back To Black and Music On Vinyl do great work in providing fresh product to the growing market for virgin vinyl.
International praise has been loaded upon the vinyl heaven that the Mega Record & CD Fair is. The Sunday Times (UK) spent last April two pages to describe the wonders of the biggest record fair in the world. Music journalist Jon Savage (MOJO, England’s Dreaming) wrote a loving tribute and can be found at the fair on his everlasting search for obscure sixties singles or (no kidding!) Dutch glam rock on vinyl. Web site thequietus.com celebrated the “torrid, slightly narcotic daydream” a tour of this magic music fair can make you experience.
Today’s record collector is no longer subject to the general stereotype of the scruffy older man with a well-worn linen bag hanging from his shoulder. Avid record hunters mix with happy day trippers who want to experience the vinyl dream. Free spirits, young women and hip young gunslingers are roaming the fair to find the one record that will make their life happier and more exciting. Feel free to visit the Mega Record & CD Fair because this is the place where the vinyl record will always be in the spotlight. Special editions, independent releases and major success albums all get the attention they deserve. Vinyl records, like diamonds, are forever.
A small impression of the last fairs.