Fifty years ago in 1967, the Beatles published their masterpiece Sgt. Peppers Lonely’s Heart Club Band on vinyl. In the same year the hippies celebrated their ‘Summer of Love’ the highlight of the Flower Power movement. The 47th Mega Record & Cd Fair, will remember 1967 with a sixties poster exhibit and three Sgt. Peppers costumes, originally made by the BBC for the Beatles documentary called ‘Real Love’. Furthermore the fair will offer several live performances, a vinyl auction, the pop quiz, meet and greets with lots of musicians, book & record launches and much more.
Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
Vinyl records are also celebrating a fantastic comeback: in 2016 vinyl sales broke all 21st century records. Vinyl plants all over the world are working overtime, some with a two - or even three daily shift programme. Cd and vinyl lovers from all over the world are finding their way to Utrecht to visit the world’s largest event for music lovers, deejays and collectors. On Saturday April 8 and Sunday April 9 they all come together at the Jaarbeurs convention centre in Utrecht, the Netherlands, where many of the 500 stands and 12.500m2 floor space is dedicated to the good old but yet super hip vinyl record.
If that wasn’t enough we have to make time for the protest song at this exhibit. Over eighty years ago, in the thirties, folk singer Woody Guthrie started writing songs about poverty, discrimination and injustice in America. In the mid-sixties many others – like Nobel prize winner Bob Dylan - were following Guthrie in his footsteps. Several protest speeches by important front people like the referend Martin Luther King and Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver were pressed on vinyl. Some of these important recordings are on show at the exhibit as well.
There are also book- and record launches, meet and greets with bands like Mekanik Kommando, Grey Nomad and Gino Striekwold from the Netherlands, Igor and the Hippie Land from England and France, and Australian blues-folk duo Kenna & Cox.
Omega Auctions organizes on Saturday for the third successive year a vinyl auction with many rarities. The Three Imaginary Boys Pop Quiz where anybody can win free concert tickets will be held on the Sunday.
Igor & the Hippie Land
Photographer Martyn Goddard, famous for producing and photographing album covers like Parallel Lines by Blondie, Three Imaginary Boys by the Cure and In the City by the Jam, will autograph his latest book Rock ‘n’ Roll & Fast Cars at the fair.
Book presentation Photographer Martyn Goddard - Rock ‘n’ Roll & Fast Cars
Internationally there is a lot of attention and positive feedback for the Mega Record and CD Fair, Utrecht. Last year the Sunday Times featured a two page article: ‘Smells Like Teen Vinyl’ in which journalist Dan Cairns describes the fantastic atmosphere at the fair and the rediscovery of vinyl by young people. Music journalist Jon Savage (MOJO, England’s Dreaming) wrote a loving tribute and can usually be found at the fair on his everlasting search for obscure sixties singles or (no kidding!) Dutch glam rock on vinyl. The Quietus website celebrated the “torrid, slightly narcotic daydream” a tour of this magic music fair can make you experience.
Today’s Crate Digger 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, women and 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.
overview hall 12 April 2016
A small impression of the last fairs.