The Fair, which takes place on the first Sunday of every month, brings together 12 of Johannesburg’s top record dealers offering the best in new and pre-owned rock, soul, pop, jazz, folk, blues and world records including many rare and collectable discs plus a range of top quality audio accessories.
Everywhere you look there is a vinyl revolution, you can see records and turntables in recent films, in cutting edge commercial ads and in funky lifestyle and fashion magazines, the majority of the current pop superstars as well as leading indie music artists, release their music on both vinyl and digital platforms.
Far from it being the domain of an older audience demographic, more and more young people, born after the reported demise of vinyl in the mid 1990s, are gravitating to listening to and buying music on vinyl. According to Forbes Magazine, whilst CD sales continue to dip year after year, vinyl continues to be the music industry’s surprise success story. 2017 marked the twelfth consecutive year that vinyl sales have grown considerably and the medium`s forward surge doesn’t look like slowing down in 2018 or anytime soon.
Underscoring this fact is Sony Music`s recent announcement that they are building a new, state-of-the-art vinyl record pressing plant in Japan to cater for a insatiable demand for the sexy and nostalgic round black disc! Last year the South African music industry saw sales of new 180 gram pressings hit the R5 million mark. Add to that the massive sales in pre-owned records by multiple dealers and it`s clear that the vinyl record explosion is no passing fad.
You’re welcome to join the vinyl revolution on Sunday the 4th of February at The Beer Yard at 44 Stanley Avenue, Auckland Park from 10 AM. Brace yourselves for a day of music, beer, food and more music. For those of you who aren’t vinyl junkies (yet), there will be a craft Gin and Tonic Bar as well as a delicious array of food and craft beer from Stanley Beer Yard. The fair ends at 3 PM. Free 2 hour secure parking will be available across the road, just look for the sign.
For more information, check out the Vinyl Fair’s Facebook page.
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