Vinyl World Congress announces Brighton launch

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Calling record labels, managers and investors: Vinyl World Congress is a brand new conference launching in Brighton with demonstrations of the latest manufacturing machines and talks from labels about the vinyl industry.

Set up in response to the vinyl boom which has increased lead times and the need to facilitate trade and co-operation within the industry, the conference takes place from 15 to 16 May at the Hilton Brighton Metropole.

The event is sponsored by manufacturers Pheenix Alpha, Viryl Technologies, Newbilt Machinery, Dugdale and CAF who will be demonstrating the latest vinyl manufacturing machines on the day.

There will also be discussions about the impact of Brexit on vinyl manufacturing in Europe as well as the wider industry perspective on the market.

Confirmed speakers include representatives from Universal, Sony, Warner, Ninja Tune, PIAS, XL Recordings, BPI, AIM and more.

Event Director Connolly Mellon said: ‘Demand for vinyl is higher than it’s ever been with lead times between two to six months for some to get it manufactured.

‘Both ends of the spectrum (indie and major) have different concerns about the future but right now it’s happy days for most manufacturers. We want to see more pressing plants in Asia, South America, Africa, BRIC and beyond, that is where the untapped potential is.’

For more information and tickets, visit www.vinylworldcongress.co.uk.