Switch off the streaming service, blow the dust off your LPs, and fire up the turntable. Time to dive into music that comes with “authentic” written in large neon letters on the album cover. It’s the Vinyl & Music festival at (where else?) Vienna’s brewery.
- Music fair and festival with dozens of exhibitors
- View and buy instruments, sound systems, (lots of ) vinyl LPs, artwork, and more
- Also has live acts, DJs, a pinball arcade, and a gig poster exhibition
- 2020 dates: Mar 7-8 for the public
- See also: Events in Vienna | Indie Label Woche
What’s it all about?
Think of the festival as everything music, but without the veneer of corporate marketing. And like a musical artiste that refuses to be pigeonholded into a single genre, Vinyl & Music defies classification. It’s an exhibition and trade fair. A live gig and art gallery. A meeting point and dinner date.
It all takes place in Ottakringer Brauerei, which is Vienna’s big brewery in the 16th district.
This video gives you a quick insight into the event:
The numerous exhibitors offer the full gamut of music products, from its creation through to consumption.
Instrument makers and indie labels jostle for space with those offering sound systems and jukeboxes. And there are more vinyl LPs, cover art and concert posters than you can shake a Fender at. Live acts and food stands round out the entertainment.
(Incidentally, the Asian restaurant opposite the brewery is one of my favourites.)
2020 dates & tickets
The 2020 Vinyl & Music festival opens to the public on the weekend of March 7-8.
A weekend festival pass costs €12, day tickets from €7.50. Festival hours are:
- Saturday: 11am to 10pm (with live acts from 7.30pm)
- Sunday: 10am to 6pm
It’s a little early for the programme so watch this space. But here’s a look back at 2019:
- The international gig poster show graced the festival again, with an exhibition of works and around a dozen poster artists showcasing and selling their art
- DJs were at work on both days, with live music from 7.30 pm on the Saturday and from around 3.30 pm on Sunday
- And for those who wanted to recreate the vibe of The Who around 1969, there was a jukebox and pinball arcade
How to get to the festival
The 16th district is working class heartland outside of the old town. But like anywhere in Vienna, it’s all easy to reach on public transport.
Subway: the U3 travels out from the centre and ends at Ottakring station. Walk down from there to the brewery or take the 44 tram
Tram/bus: the Johann-Nepomuk-Berger-Platz stop is opposite the brewery. Take the 2, 44 or 9 trams to get there. Both the 2 and 44 leave from the centre of town
Address: Ottakringer Brauerei, Ottakringer Platz 1, 1160 Vienna | Website