This was a market day, totally different to a typical record fair; wholly dedicated to celebrating Brisbane’s incredible independent music scene – and specifically our city’s passionate record labels, which are organisations and collectives that curate and promote independent music of all genres from indie pop to rock to hip-hop to electronic to experimental to jazz to punk to metal and beyond.
Even though technology has changed the music business, record labels are more important than they ever have been. They build community, provide a quality filter, and of course support indie artists in promoting & distributing their creative works. Often it is the record labels that are the foundation to a city’s music scene, such as Factory / Manchester, Warp + 4AD + Mute + Rough Trade / London, Sub Pop / Seattle, Def Jam / New York, Motown / Detroit, Sun / Memphis, and so many more.
Brisbane has its own wonderful collective of record labels, and these market days are your chance to get your hands on limited edition records, CDs, tapes, shirts, exclusive rarities (e.g test pressings), books, zines, etc. – and it’s all single origin and artisanal – just like your favourite coffee! Our aim is now for this to be an annual event on the Brisbane music calendar. Support your city’s curators of musical culture!
For this year’s market – currently pencilled-in for August 2019 – labels can click here for information and booking their space.
Thanks to the following labels for their involvement in the inaugural event in December 2018!