Port Macquarie to host 2018 Record Fair in July

Ready to spin: Jason Sherman from Hold Steady Records and record shop owner Travis Fredericks.
Ready to spin: Jason Sherman from Hold Steady Records and record shop owner Travis Fredericks.

NOW here’s an event that will have lovers of vinyl in a spin.

Port Macquarie will be host to the region’s first Record Fair in July.

RAWR Music, Dark Alley Collectibles and Hold Steady Records will present the event at The Duck on Clarence on Saturday, July 7.

Vinyl vultures will not want to miss this. Music fans can sift through hundreds of LPs covering alternative, punk, metal, rockabilly, blues, jazz, country, reggae, club, hip hop and every other genre since the dawn of rock ‘n roll.

Whatever way you spin it, the demand for vinyl is increasing in Australia.

A whopping $18.1 million worth of records were sold across the country in 2017, according to the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

It is the seventh consecutive year he industry has seen an increase in the demand for vinyl. The ongoing revival of vinyl demonstrates this format’s enduring power of reinvention and popularity, with a 19 per cent increase in sales in 2017.

“Vinyl formats continue to play a vital part of the music business,” record shop owner Travis Fredericks said.

“Sales are not just confined to nostalgic baby boomers - there are people from all walks of life enjoying the listening experience of a vinyl record.”

Travis has opened a record shop in Wauchope and has been surprised by the response.

“We get people from all backgrounds and walks of life, but they all have one thing in common, an addiction to improving on their collections,” he said.

“Record collecting ends up affecting the way the rest of us see music via a roundabout process. Many record collectors are also musicians, or music writers, or run record labels or recording studios (our best customer is Michael Lynch who owns a recording studio in Beechwood).

“So when they start collecting an artist or a style or music, they are in a position to do something about it. Musicians start speak about that music in their interviews, writers publish pieces about formidable artists, and record labels reissue records again.”

At the Port Macquarie Record Fair, you will find hundreds of new and used records from pop to hip hop to dance, blues, rock and jazz. There will be rarities, collectibles, bargains and rare gems.

Singer-songwriter Lauren Edwards will be performing live on stage throughout the day at the Record Fair.

Lauren has enjoyed local success over the past two years with her irresistible melodies and heartfelt lyrics.

Making music from the instrument she was born with, as well as her guitar, Lauren is a gifted vocalist, entertaining audiences with her original songs as well as some well curated covers.

DJ Healy and the Spin Academy will be on hand to keep things real. Made up of local DJ ‘Healy’ and his collective of DJ mates who live in the Port Macquarie, they will be playing a range of songs to entertain the vinyl vultures on the day.

Anyone and everyone who has set foot into the DJ world will, at some point in their life, have heard the phrase ‘keep it real’. This refers of course to the act of DJing using only vinyl.