An image of Mark Grounds' first record fair at Buderim in 2013.
An image of Mark Grounds' first record fair at Buderim in 2013. Contributed

LP lovers to make beautiful music at Eumundi record fair

THE first time Mark Grounds organised a record fair he wasn't so much trying to sell off his old LPs as collect some more.

"I wanted to make some space in my collection - out with the old and in with the new," he said.

That was two years ago at Buderim and since then he's held more of them at Caloundra and Maroochydore with crowds ranging between 10,000 and 30,000.

The fairs operate as a kind of market for second hand records. Mr Grounds and a few fellow record-lovers gather and set up stalls offering, between them, thousands of records for people to choose from.

On Saturday Mr Grounds' record market will head to the natural home of markets when its sets up at Joe's Waterhole on Memorial Drive, Eumundi, on Saturday, November 28.

Vinyl records have been back in vogue for a few years now, but Mr Grounds, who has been collecting records for 20 years, said he'd never lost his taste for them.

"It's ownership, it's nostalgia," he said. "It's not like CDs where you skip tracks or MP3s where you don't even own them. You have to clean it and care for it. You can look at it instead of shuffling it."

Mr Grounds said some of the people who came to his record fairs were looking for "swag points" - the prestige that came with owning proper vinyl records - but most were just music purists like him.

"About 20% might be doing it because it's a cool thing to do," he said.

"I do it because I love music."

For more details go to Mr Grounds' website, Wax Buildup.

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