“Vinyl is the real deal,” musician Jack White once said. “I've always felt like, until you buy the vinyl record, you don't really own the album.” This love of vinyl is the reason why the biggest destination for music lovers isn’t the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland or the Motown Museum in Detroit, but the world’s largest record fair, which will take place in Utrecht, the Netherlands, from November 21 through 22 of this year.
At the Mega Record Fair, all sales are vinyl—unless they are on CD, cassette, or some other musical history memento. Over the weekend, vinyl aficionados, musicians, DJs, and plain old music fans will fill Utrecht’s Jaarbeurs convention center eager for a chance to dig through stacks in the hopes of unearthing a rare gem. With over 500 vendors from around the globe bringing their finest musical wares to the fair, there is sure to be something for fans of every genre, be it Britpop, Brazilian soul, Cambodian psychedelia, Colombian cumbia, or good old American rock and roll.
To entertain music lovers taking a break from crate digging, the festival will include live performances, music trivia, autograph sessions, art shows, and more. UK auction house Omega will also host a live auction of rare and collectible vinyl.
This year’s fair will pay homage to the 1970s Detroit rock scene with original artwork from the early careers of Iggy Pop & the Stooges and MC5. The latter band’s former manager, John Sinclair, will be on hand to give the inside scoop on the rock legends.
Over the same weekend, Utrecht will also host the Le Guess Who? festival, a four-day music and culture event that will transform the Dutch city into a music fan’s haven.