Discogs announces Crate Diggers 2019

The largest international vinyl festival in the world

Discogs has partnered with Vinyl World Congress for Crate Diggers 2019. Crate Diggers will become the largest international festival series in the world dedicated to vinyl collecting and music merchandise ever with hundreds of vinyl sellers, record labels, record shops, vinyl enthusiasts and world class acts performing to over 25,000 attendees across the four major events in UK, USA, Brazil and Japan.

Crate Diggers UK will take place in Brighton on Saturday, May 11th at the Brighton Centre. Crate Diggers USA will take place in New York on Saturday, July 27th at the New York Expo Centre. Crate Diggers Brazil will take place in December 2019 at a venue to be confirmed. Crate Diggers Japan will take place in Tokyo October 2019 at a venue to be confirmed.

First acts confirmed to perform at Crate Diggers include Method Man and Redman, General Levy, David Rodigan, Zion Train and JFB with more to be unveiled in the coming months.

“There is almost a universal miscalculation of the actual size of the vinyl industry because most of the figures and statistics used don’t take into account second hand sales which is massive,” states Event Director Connolly Mellon. “For Discogs (the largest seller of vinyl on Earth) which has more than 20,000 transactions per day, only four percent of what they are selling is new music and if you take into account the record shops, high street, record fairs, small charity shop purchases of vinyl and of course online second hand sales across Discogs, Ebay, Amazon and the like, whilst it’s difficult to be accurate, we believe the actual number of vinyl being brought by consumers is approximately three to four times bigger than the figures about new vinyl sales suggest.

“We are launching these festivals to give the international vinyl community a festival of their own with live performances from world class artists dedicated to the format and we look forward to helping the community grow especially in Asia and South America.”

Hundreds of record shops, vinyl sellers and record labels will be selling a selection of old and new records, turntables, tapes and music merchandise. There will be live demonstrations of the latest vinyl manufacturing machine’s on the market for prospective investors, record labels and media. Leading Crate Diggers beer partner Westerham Brewery will be showcasing and selling a selection of Vegan friendly and Gluten Free Beers. There will also be a showcase and demonstration of the latest turntables on the market from the leading turntable manufacturers, among other events and keynotes.

Tickets for Crate Diggers go on sale on Friday, January 18th at 10 am at cratediggers.com. Tickets start at $30 each with tables for sellers starting at $160.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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