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Following the continued resurgence of the vinyl format, Brighton will host the first Vinyl World Congress which aims to bring the vinyl manufacturing industry together under one roof. AIM members are eligible for 30% off the standard ticket price. The first event, taking place 15-16 May 2018 at the Hilton Brighton Metropole is sponsored by the machine manufacturers Pheenix Alpha, Viryl Technologies, Newbilt Machinery, Discogs, GZ Media, Plastchem and Dugdale.
Current speakers include AIM members Rough Trade, Ninja Tune, Cooking Vinyl, PIAS, Hospital Records and reps from MMF and DIT. Plus Universal Music Group and GZ Media.
In addition, the Vinyl World Congress team will launch The Vinyl Awards, recognising the success and achievement in the vinyl industry in 9 categories.
During the two day conference, there will be live demonstrations and presentations of the latest vinyl manufacturing machines which cost anywhere from £150,000 to £300,000 depending on specs.
The event’s Director, Connolly Mellon said: “Demand for vinyl is higher than it’s ever been with lead times between 2-6 months for some to get it manufactured. Both ends of the spectrum (indie and major) have different concerns about the future but right now it’s happy days for most manufacturers. We want to see more pressing plants in Asia, South America, Africa, BRIC and beyond, that is where the untapped potential is.”
In addition, Vinyl World Congress is planning a Japanese edition which will launch in Tokyo in February 2019, with a Latin American event in Brazil pencilled in for 2019 also.
EARLY BIRD 1 DAY PASS – £300 + VAT
EARLY BIRD 2 DAY PASS – £400 + VAT
1 DAY STANDARD PASS – £500 + VAT
2 DAY STANDARD PASS – £650 + VAT
Full agenda and topics HERE.