Inaugural vinyl fair to drop this weekend

March 29, 2024 BY

Jan Juc local Dave Morony (pictured) hopes the Torquay Vinyl Fair can become an annual event that connects the region's music enthusiasts. Photo: SUPPLIED

TORQUAY will play host to its first vinyl fair this weekend.

The market will take place tomorrow on Easter Saturday (March 30), at the Torquay Improvement Association.

Organiser and Jan Juc local Dave Morony said there will be about 8,000 new and preloved records available for purchase.

The fair will feature several local sellers, as well as those from further afield, with genres spanning everything from jazz and soul to progressive rock and traditional pop.

A range of disco, dance, hip hop and techno albums will also be on offer.

“I’ve tried to pick different sellers who have got different genres of music, so not everyone’s got the same thing,” Morony said.

“Hopefully we’ve got a really wide spread of music to really cater to the type of sound people are looking for, or their niche.”

Products from two local cabinetmakers – Julian Beattie from Makestuff and Jarrod from Gorman Furniture – will also be on display.

Morony describes himself as a “person passionate about the environment… and where we live”.

For him, the thinking behind the fair is “quite simple” and he hopes the event could become an annual offering.

“I feel like there is a strong sense of community down here around music, but we’re a little bit spread out, so it might be a nice thing for the whole Surf Coast to get around and do,” he said.

“Vinyl’s having a real resurgence.

“I’m just trying to see who’s out there in the community that buys records, enjoys records, because you tend to have a different affiliation with music because you’re willing to invest in high-fidelity sound.”

Morony said he’s not looking to make money from the event, instead donating the gross profits to a local Wadawurrung family in need.

While entry to the fair is free, there will be an opportunity at the door for community members to donate to the family.

The market will run at the Torquay Improvement Association, 12 Price Street, Torquay from 10am to 3pm.

For more information, email Dave Morony at [email protected], or follow @torquay_vinyl_fair on Instagram.

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