What happened on November 12 remains unreal. Of all the scenarios that we as an organizer have taken into account, we could never have imagined this. After two years of mandatory closure, everyone was really looking forward to the return of the largest record fair in the world and we were ready.
After a whole day of construction and hard work, at the end of Friday 12 November, a terrible and disastrous announcement came from the Jaarbeurs management. In anticipation of the outcome of a press conference, Jaarbeurs had unilaterally decided to cancel the Mega Record & CD Fair without consultation with us as organizer.
Measures and instructions in accordance with government regulations have been followed and implemented. We still cannot understand why this decision was taken and imposed unilaterally and without prior consultation.
We are now in consultation with Jaarbeurs Utrecht and need time to investigate this carefully.
In any case, we will continue with what has been built up in almost 30 years. An unprecedented broad platform for vinyl collectors from all over the world. We will definitely be back on 8, 9 and 10 April 2022! It remains to be seen whether it will be in Jaarbeurs Utrecht. But apart from the location, we hope to see you all again.
Message to all visitors of the Mega Record & CD Fair,
Unfortunately, the Mega Record & CD Fair on November 13 & 14 could not take place. The ticket presale for the Mega Records and CD Fair was arranged and organized by Jaarbeurs Utrecht and they will refund the amount of the tickets to you. For more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that the transaction will go as smoothly as possible.
On Saturday, November 13 and Sunday November 14 the Mega Record & CD Fair will take place at the Jaarbeurs congress center Utrecht. At this fair, which is being held for the 53rd time, music lovers and vinyl collectors from all over the world come together to buy records, attend book presentations, see live performances and visit exhibitions. Manuel Decker exhibits his extensive collection of Superheroes on vinyl . There are record launches and Meet & Greets. The Three Imaginary Boys present their Popquiz on Sunday and many DJs will demonstrate all different styles of playing vinyl.
Update: Covid-19 measures during the Mega Record & CD Fair remain the same.
During the press conference last November 2, the Dutch government announced additional measures. These measures have no impact on our fair because Jaarbeurs would already check for a Covid access pass. Because of this, wearing a mouth mask at the fair is not mandatory, but of course it is allowed if you prefer.
French collector Manuel Decker has been collecting vinyl records all his life. He has published several books in which thematic LP covers are depicted. He published the reference book Disques du Bande and he contributed to the beautiful book by Jacques Petit Cars on Vinyl: more than 300 covers with a classic car prominently on the cover. At the end of last year Manuel published the French reference book ’Superheroes & autres creatures’. For the exhibition at the fair, Manuel has supplemented his Tintin collection with some other comic book heroes. Think of vinyl LPs from and with Superman, Batman, Spiderman etc. His book Tintin & Les Vinyles is also available and Manuel Decker is personally present for text and explanation. All this near the terrace in hall 12.
Author Johan Kugelberg and Dutch musician Berend Dubbe (Bettie Serveert, Bauer, Bud Benderbe) have been friends for 30 years, ever since Johan signed Berends band to the Matador Records label where he worked in the early 1990’s. Since then, Berend has performed Velvet Underground songs for Lou Reed, Mo Tucker and Doug Yule at Velvet Underground exhibitions staged by Johan in New York and Stockholm, sung Sun Ra songs at Johan’s wedding, they’ve staged a hip hop history exhibit together in Tokyo, and Johan has written liner notes and press releases for Berends records.
They will be talking about record collecting, and why it is almost as much fun as surfing and/or eating the perfect frikandellen. The two gents will be discussing Johan’s upcoming book on the topic. Record collecting, that is, not surfing and frikandellen even though these topics will be discussed as well. The talk will be followed by a DJ set where Johan and Berend will showcase some of the most phenomenal and/or ludicrous sounds that have fueled their friendship.
Brown Acid is the long-running, critically acclaimed heavy rock compilation series curated by Permanent Records’ owner / record collector Lance Barresi (aka DJ Brown Acid). This heavy head will be spinning rare, privately pressed American hard rock, heavy psych, and proto-metal 45s from his deep personal collection. If you dig the sounds of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and Jimi Hendrix and are interested in having your mind blown by records by more obscure artists you've never heard before, come on down!
This year, Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? Festival will take place during the same weekend as the Mega Record & CD Fair. Le Guess Who? exists to bring people together through art and music. All information can be found at: Le Guess Who? Festival
The record collectors at the Utrecht Record Club not only collect records, but also occasionally release one! These records are always released in an edition of 500 on their own PLUT-label and they contain previously unreleased recordings by Nederbeat groups from the sixties. Three years after the EP by The Fallouts, the new release (PLUT 013) again consists of an EP, this time by The Flingelbunts. This band from The Hague is named after the song The rise and fall of Flingel Bunt by The Shadows. The EP contains two English-language and two Dutch-language songs recorded in 1967 in The Hague's GTB studio: Hey you - Lonely me / The little donkey - Omaatje. The last song is a cover. The original from 1964 is by Jerry Bey, the brother of the Zangeres Zonder Naam. The Flingelbunts have turned this unadulterated tearjerker into a real beat song! The EP will be presented on stage on Saturday. The record will be available at the fair at the Utrecht Record Club stand.
One of the most unique and uncompromising DJs in the world: Coco Maria is a selector, curator and a radio host with impeccable taste. Hailing originally from Mexico and now based in Europe. She specializes in Brazilian, South-, Central-American, and Caribbean wax. Irresistible slices of jazz, samba, cumbia, and all sorts of rarities from sunnier, far-off places. All mixed with her irrepressible energy and original style. Coco Maria hosts her flagship morning show and ":Club Coco" on Worldwide FM. She can also be found showcasing her original sounds at festivals globally such as Worldwide Sete, Dekmantel, We out Here... "
The Dutch eurodance group 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor was founded in 1990 when the two brothers Bobby and Martin Boer started experimenting with music in a small bedroom in their parental apartment on the 4th floor. Together with rapper Da Smooth Baron MC and singer Peggy "The Duchess" they released their first single "Can’t Help Myself" that same year, which became in international hit in 1991. After that it was quiet for a while, but in 1993 the brothers were back and delivered several international hits throughout the following years: "Never Alone" with D-Rock (René Philips) and Des’Ray (Desirée Manders), "Dreams" and "Let Me Be Free".
This year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of 2 Brothers On The 4th Floor. The Very Best Of will be available December 3rd in a limited and remastered edition of 2000 individually numbered copies on gold vinyl. The 2CD release will take place on Saturday November 13th, followed by a mini performance, followed by a meet & greet and signing session.
2 Brothers on the 4th Floor will play Saturday at 3 pm, stage hall 12.
The Netherlands has been a leader in dance music for years, and DJs in particular play a leading role worldwide. Every year, Dutch DJs get high marks in the election of best DJ of the year. Nowadays they are indispensable in the current music landscape and are even more regarded as pop stars. You used to take music lessons to play an instrument, now you can take lessons to become a professional DJ. There are many forms and devices to run. Nowadays there are "digital" sets where you can work with MP3s or videos but vinyl never lost its power thanks to the audio quality. In recent years there has been the umpteenth advance in playing vinyl, something that entails other rules than operating a computer (the so called DJ Controllers). For the interested and enthusiasts, a "Vinylized" stage has been created at the fair, where the "Art of DJ-ing" is highlighted. Expect creative sets with various genres: Jazz, Reggae, Hiphop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Boogie and Disco. Here the music is presented in a "modern" and "old-fashioned" way. The top in the field of "turntablism" of our country is present. These use the turntable as a musical instrument and show the technical side of the profession (think of Scratching). These DJs can often be heard as support for artists or play in bands, orchestras or in the theater. For the connoisseur it is a pleasure to listen to and impressive to see how they work.
Recordplanet has invited a group of professionals who beside demonstrate all different styles during both days also are ready for any questions. This will be the place where DJs and enthusiasts can meet and network, just how it used to be in record stores.
On Sunday the Three Imaginary Boys from Utrecht will present their fabulous pop quiz, in which everyone can participate and there are many prizes to be won made available by various sponsors. Starting at 1 p.m.
STAGE HALL 12
Saturday November 13
Sunday November 14
STAGE HALL 11
Saturday November 13
Sunday November 14
3521 AL Utrecht