An essential date in the music lover’s calendar is fast approaching: the Auckland Record Fair, or as it is otherwise called, “A Record Love Convention”. The next instalment is happening on Tuesday 6th February (Waitangi Day).The twice-yearly event is organised by Truly Fine Citizen, aka the legendary Brian Wafer, who says:
“Apparently All Aucklanders desert the city on long weekends. Untrue of course, but that is what has been said for years. With this in mind it was decided that Tuesday Feb 6th would be a great time to have the Auckland Record Fair.
With only the people of good taste and refinement left in the City there should be plenty of parking and no long queues anywhere.
So, like the Laneway people and the organisers of Waitangi Day Ki Tamaki 2024, we want to enjoy the city of Auckland on the day.
What have we got?
Unsurprisingly , there will be Records. Heaps of them. Multiple vendors with all sorts of music on vinyl. Good, bad, desirable, unloved, overpriced, cheap as chips. Rare, common, unknown, obscure. The Record of your dreams might just be there.
Of course there will be CDs, Cassettes, VHS, DVD – whatever the vendors decide they need to move to feed their own habit.
So heaps of the good stuff, great DJs providing the soundtrack for the day, and the chance of undiscovered gems.
What more could you want?”
Entertainment for the day will be announced soon.
The Auckland Record Fair vendors congregating on February 6th hail from the Far North, Bay Of Plenty, Waikato, Taranaki, and of course Tāmaki Makaurau, bringing all sorts of sounds on all sorts of formats: 12 inch, 10 inch, 7 inch, CD and cassette. Some, but not all, vendors will have EFTPOS, so do bring some cash.
Entry fee: $10 from 9am and $5 from 9.30am
About Truly Fine Citizen
Truly Fine Citizen is the record fair maestro alter-ego of Taranaki music legend Brian Wafer.
Brian Wafer’s record shop and label, Ima Hitt (founded in 1980), were responsible for numerous local releases, such as those by New Plymouth legends Sticky Filth, as well as international imports. He has also organised too many gigs to mention, and as musician and as Peter Jefferies says in his AudioCulture profile of Wafer, “the number of posters he has and continues to put up around the city, is a work that will probably remain in progress for the rest of his life.”
As Truly Fine Citizen, he brings the noise to as many music lovers as possible across the North Island / Te Ika-a-Māui, holding record fairs in Te Kuiti, Otorahanga, Raglan, Palmerston North, New Plymouth, Whanganui and Matamata, just to name a few.