Besides being a record swap, Underground Europe wants to create a community of independent vinyl enthusiasts and provide a place where once a year they can meet, exchange records, listen to music and chat about it. A place where they can get in touch with people who run record stores, mailorders, record labels, play in bands, or are just big underground vinyl fans.
The fair will take place at Marie-Antoinette, Holzmarkstrasse 15 – 18, 10179 Berlin, Germany on May 2nd (12 pm – 10 pm) and May 3rd (11 am – 7 pm).
Why Berlin? Not just because Berlin has always lived underground like no other place in the world. Even when politically and culturally isolated, Berlin had a thriving underground scene that attracted world´s attention. The cosmopolitan Berlin of today is at the forefront of underground scene and has long stolen the primate from London, too expensive and too trendy for budget record labels, DIY record stores and bands that prefer 1.20 € Augustiner at a late night shop to 4£ Guiness in a pub after the practice.
But attention! In a city where you can be pissed off because you want to see three bands playing three different venues on the same night, where new record stores keep opening despite the negative worldwide trend, where you leave the club so late that you run into your mom going to work in the morning (except that your mom probably lives in Italy, Greece, Turkey or Spain, not Berlin)… there is no underground vinyl fair? Well, now there is!
Those that never thought of replacing the crackling sound of the black plastic with the cold, digital sound of computer files, now can enhance their collections and mingle with like minded people surrounded by thousands of vinyl records brought into being by countless independent record labels worldwide.