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Last month, I asked if record fairs deserve a 2019 reboot. It prompted quite a flurry of emails and debate but, before we dig into those, is there a blueprint for the next generation of fairs?

Over the last 10 years, comic cons have really flourished. More than just marketplaces, they’re fan gatherings, going from grassroots events to being embraced by Hollywood. Under the tutelage of Disney, for example, there’s now the regular, official Star Wars Convention with thousands of attendees and all the actors and production team on panels. That’s the equivalent of one of the major labels such as Universal, Sony or Warner throwing open their doors for a convention for all the people that buy their records – as opposed to leaving the ‘live experience’ to completely separate businesses, outside of the vinyl sphere.

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Issue 25 of Long Live Vinyl comes with your free 40-page Official Record Store Day 2019 magazine, the complete guide to all 500+ releases to help you get ready for 13 April! It’s the only place you’ll find full details of every Record Store Day release, plus there’s the chance to win £50 of Record Tokens to give you a head start on the big day. Elsewhere in issue 25, we pay tribute to Neil Young, as his bandmates, producers and a host of musicians influenced by one of the world’s greatest songwriters tell us about 50 years with Shakey. We also speak to Sleeper, Beirut and Michael Chapman about their brilliant new albums, meet stellar producer Stephen Street, chart the rise of Discogs and welcome our new columnist, Pete Paphides. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find the most comprehensive range of new album, reissue and hardware reviews anywhere on the newsstand. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.