On Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2022, the Mega Record & CD Fair will take place in the Brabanthallen in ’s-Hertogenbosch. At this fair, which is being held for the 55th time, music lovers from all over the world come together to buy records, attend book presentations, see live performances and visit exhibitions. This fall, the fair will show an exhibition with photos by pop photographer George DuBose, an exhibition by Ben Merlis and there are Meet & Greets. In addition, the Austrian top collector Hans Pokora presents and signs his latest book with rare record covers.
During the Mega Records & CD Fair, the Austrian top collector Hans Pokora presents his latest book from a special series entitled 9001 Record Collector Dreams. In it, Pokora gives an overview of rare and unique folk, beat, garage and psychedelic records from the sixties and seventies. Pokora has been collecting rare records from this period for more than forty years. Hans Pokora will be present at the Record Fair to sign his book and perform appraisals.
As Hip-Hop first exploded throughout New York City’s boroughs and surrounding towns, a new generation was emerging-the first to be raised in the genre. At the centre of it all was a collective known as the Juice Crew, led by the charismatic radio personality Mr. Magic, whose Rap Attack was the first program of its kind on a commercial station. His DJ/engineer Marley Marl pioneered production techniques that defined the golden era of Hip-Hop and formed the basis of Cold Chillin’ Records, which was founded in 1986 by Len Fichtelberg and Tyrone Williams. Goin’ Off chronicles the rise and fall of Cold Chillin’ and its partnership with Warner Bros. Records. It follows the careers of the label’s recording artists through first-hand accounts of industry players, producers, MC’s and DJ’s: Roxanne Shanté was a fourteen year-old battle rapper who spanned the diss record; MC Shan engaged in a legendary cross-borough feud with KRS-One; Kool G Rap was a foundational participant in what the media dubbed ’gangsta-rap’; Big Daddy Kane’s quick-witted lyricism changed the way people rhyme; the collegiate Masta Ace sought to uplift his community during the height of the crack epidemic; The Genius (aka GZA) co-founded the rap dynasty Wu Tang Clan; and the enigmatic Biz Markie had the world singing along to his hit anthem ’Just a Friend’. Plagued by corporate censorship and a landmark sample-related lawsuit in the 1990’s, Cold Chillin’ folded, leaving behind a legacy shrouded in controversy and a catalog that influenced multiple generations of rap artists.
Ben Merlis is a native of Los Angeles, where he was raised on oldies, Hip-Hop, and punk, in that order. He currently writes for uDiscover Music and works in public relations for Experience Hendrix, ABKCO, ZZ Top, and many others.
George DuBose has been the resident photographer of the Ramones in NYC for many years since the early 1980s, in addition he has photographed many celebrities such as Madonna, Blondie, Tom Waits and from the start many of the Hip-Hop musicians depicted in this book.
Paul Bergen (1957) is one of the most famous Dutch music photographers. For more than 30 years he has captured many artists, from legendary stars to cult names. Some of the best known music images of the period have his credit.
Paul Bergen’s archive contains an extraordinary and extensive range of musicians from the 1980s to the present day (Iggy Pop, Rolling Stones, U2, Prince, David Bowie, Adele, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Blur, Johnny Guitar Watson, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Sonny Rollins). His work has appeared in a whole range of publications from newspapers, magazines and books to TV documentaries, websites and more.
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!
After a successful tour in Spain and sold-out venues as support act for Supergrass, the world closed. The Tambles retreated to the old garage where they’ve been rehearsing for ten years. The four of them wrote their most versatile record ever, which was recorded and mixed by singer and guitarist Ruben Drenth. Difficult second? Not when you’re bursting with ideas and fun like these four. The Tambles will play on the stage by the terrace around 11 am on Saturday.
An old soul lives in 38-year-old Kathleen Willems. Not only is Elvis a major influence in her music, but also Jake La Botz, JD McPherson and The Devil Makes Three. Her music sounds bluesy but also country. Kathleen is described on Facebook as "the real deal", "breathes music, beautiful voice, kick-ass guitar playing and a great personality, very unique, music with feeling".
At the beginning of 2021 Kathleen released a CD and an LP with her own songs. The title of the album is very fitting "Through The Heart", because it touches her deepest heart. In addition to her own songs, she also plays country/blues/r&r covers from the 50s/60s/70s. Kathleen Willems.com
Vinylized stands for "The Art of DJ-ing" which you will hear and see this weekend at our new Vinylized Area. Expect a program on Saturday full of DJ seminars, workshops, interviews and interesting music presentations. In addition attention is also paid to a group of great (graffiti) artists who shine light on this form of art. We also got a list of dj’s that will musically fill in this day. Sunday is all about "Zwarte Liefde", which is a "vinyl only" concept you probably have heard before. The love for "black music" is shared, so we invited a list of dj’s from this collective that will give the visitor a treat of funk, soul, disco, hiphop, r&b and more. Look here for the complete schedule.
Under the name Vinyl Update 2022, the fair will present a talk show on vinyl on the Saturday, with a variety of prominent figures from the Dutch vinyl industry in attendance.
Guests during the talk show include Anouk Rijnders (Record Industry), Esther Vollebregt (Record Store Day Netherlands), NRC journalist Jan Vollaard, Ferry Roseboom (Excelsior Recordings) and Dick van Dijk (Concerto and Mania shops). They will be interviewed by Ewout van der Linde (Music Motion). The popularity of vinyl continues to grow, even among young people and women coming out of the streaming era. Super interesting panellists will debate the state of vinyl anno 2022 for the first time live during this talk show.
You can find and buy special books at the Concertoboeken stall: 930. Concertobooks
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... "Not forgetting Sunday November 13 on the main stage of the Mega Record & CD Fair.
Saturday November 12
Sinday November 13
The Mega Record & CD Fair on April 9 and 10 was a real treat! After two years of waiting, it was finally here. This time in the Brabanthallen in ’s-Hertogenbosch and not in Utrecht. A new location after 25 years, that was exciting, but we have absolutely no regrets.
After years of Covid-19 and other uncertainties, it was quite a job to organise everything again within two months at the new location. But we succeeded, partly thanks to the support and confidence of visitors and exhibitors.
We were happy with the Brabanthallen and so were the visitors. They came in large numbers again from all over the world, such as America, Japan, Ireland, England, Belgium and France. Great! Fortunately, we heard that a lot. Of course, there were also a few critical notes and we are not deaf to these. We will include all suggestions in our evaluation, so that we can make the next event an even greater success. Below is just a sample of some of the visitors’ reactions:
Patrick Heremans - Vilvoorde
’Top location! Easy to reach, parking close by and lots of space between the stands. It was enjoyable! Hopefully you (and we) will be off again for many years.’
Kimberly Van Pinxteren-De Vries - Amsterdam
’Had such a fun day, exceeded all my expectations! Look forward to the next fair!’
Annet van Veen - Leiden
’Was top, much bigger than Utrecht, just had sore feet.’
Stefano Oflorenz - Italy
’It's been a blast! Thanks for this brand new location.’
Victor Cavaco - Portugal
’Congratulations! It was a great fair. Great organization, great location, great venue.’
Obed Ricardo Garrido Perez - Mexico
’A dream place to be!’
Turgut Kocer - Duitsland
’Been there today and it’s such a wonderful new location - way better than the old one. Great coffee, super clean facilities, unbelievably friendly and euphoric security and staff.’
The 54th edition of the Mega Record & CD Fair was a great success and we are looking forward to more. On to the next one. Make a note in your diary: the 55th edition will take place on 12 and 13 November 2022.