Fans of record fairs have reason to be happy, this gathering of record enthusiasts is more popular than ever. A format as old as the street, vinyl markets exist in many forms. There is the mother of all fairs in Utrecht (on April 14/15), there are the professionally organised KDX Fairs (read our feature here) in Ghent, Ostend, Antwerp, Brugge, Hasselt and Kortrijk and there are fairs in every town and village in the country happening almost every week of the year.
On top of that a real vinyl market hype is upon Brussels. Here are four really cool fairs happening in the capital this spring for you to mark in your agenda.
1. Independent Label Market Brussels
Organised for the first time in 2011 in London, this unique event aims to to be a valuable reminder of how music retail can be a social affair. With editions in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Barcelona and many other places around the world, the Independent Label Market has brought together more than 400 of the world’s greatest independent record labels to sell their vinyl records directly to the public. Last year the market set foot for the first time in Brussels and this year it will be part of Listen Festival during Easter weekend. Buy your slabs of vinyl directly from Belgian and international labels such as Consouling Sounds, Crammed Discs, SDBan Records, Strut, Unday Records, Bordello A Parigi and so on. (these were labels attending last years edition, the 2019 line-up still has to be announced). Get your hands on rarities, special editions, test pressings, collectors as well as back catalogue and be able to meet and greet artists, musicians and dj‘s thanks to the signing sessions, special showcases and radio live stream programs.
Independent Label Market Brussels
Listen Festival 2019 ‘Sound District'
Halles St-Géry, Brussels
20 - 21/04/2019
2. C12 Vinyl Market
C12 opens the doors of their underground club below the Central Station in Brussels for the first edition of their vinyl market. Anyone is welcome to register as a seller and the list of sellers confirmed so far shows some to the club familiar names such as C12 resident dj Session 4000, Francis99, Nobuo or Le Pacifique Records. A day and night in Brussels are recommended, since Detroit master of the vinyl dj craft Theo Parrish will play at the club when all the crates have been cleared away.
Rue du Marché Aux Herbes 116, 1000 Brussels
3. Foire aux disques du printemps @ Kanal - Centre Pompidou
How about a Sunday at the Kanal - Centre Pompidou museum in Brussels, where you can enjoy the collection of contemporary art and browse through the records all at once. Plenty of space anyway in the monumental former Citroen garage near the canal, that opened in May 2018 for art lovers. This will be the first time a record fair happens at Kanal and with former record store owner dj Reedoo as the organiser you just know it’s going to be good.
Kanal - Centre Pompidou
4. Brussels Record Fair
One of the most legendary record fairs happening in our capital is the Brussels Record Fair. Its 20th edition will be as usual in the stunning Galerie Ravenstein (in between the Central Station and Bozar) with international and local dealers offering their best vinyl records. There is a VIP entry ticket for sale for 20 euro if you want to be the first to enter in the morning. Entrance is free from 10am on.
Gallerie Ravenstein, Brussels
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