RECORD MANIA: Matthew “The Vinyl Junkie
RECORD MANIA: Matthew “The Vinyl Junkie" Bowden with a sample of what’s on offer at the inaugural Brunswick Heads Record Fair this week. Hamish Broome

Rare LPs for lovers of music

BRUNSWICK Heads will be the go-to destination for vinyl addicts this week at the town's debut summer record fair.

The week-long extravaganza will see about 50,000 records fill out the local memorial hall with everything from rare funk and soul, lush orchestral jams from the '60s, and even the odd death metal album.

It's the product of veteran vinyl collector Matt Bowden's annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land of rare vinyl - the United States.

"Because I go to the US I have better stock than shops which have to source their records locally," Mr Bowden said.

"I get really good blues, funk, soul, hip-hop, and the US pressings are generally better sound-wise.

"I tend to buy at least 10,000 records (three pallets worth) each year."

This year he visited Baltimore, Maryland, Washington DC, Charlotte, North Carolina, and Richmond, Virginia.

"I cover every genre and I try to have quality stock. I don't want people to waste their time just going through op-shop crap.

"You won't find any Kamahl or Nana Mouskouri records," he joked.

"You can find them in the op-shops."

Brunswick Heads will become the third annual record fair run by Mr Bowden, alongside the Easter fair at Ewingsdale Hall, coinciding with Bluesfest, and July's Splendour in the Grass fair.

Mr Bowden has been collecting records for 25 years.

He tours interstate to fairs in all the major capitals, but the local fairs are the only events collectors can find his complete stash.

"I tend to do other fairs and only take 80 tables worth," he said.

"Usually I just show the tip of the iceberg. This time it's the whole lot."

Local and Brisbane DJs will be cutting it up on the turntables during the day alongside Mr Bowden, aka The Vinyl Junkie.


Memorial Hall, Fingal St, Brunswick Heads.

10am-6pm. Open today until this Saturday, January 4

50,000 records sorted by genre.

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