Joan Collins
AN exhibition to commemorate 25 years of Spanish pop music, coordinated by the presenter of the well known Radio 3 programme “Pop diary” Jesus Ordovas, with a performance by the mythical “garage rock” British group, the Barracudas, will be the highlight of the 7th edition of the Majorcan Record Fair. This will be held in the Fires i Congressos exhibition centre in Palma on Satuday September 9 from 12 to 10pm and Sunday September 10 from 11am to 9pm.
This year the event will have less stands than last last year, between 120 and 130 in comparison with the 140 which it had in 2005, although there will be specialists such as the Dutch firm Honky Town, which sells collectors records, according to the spokesperson for the organisers, Pere Terrassa. Terrassa said that they were expecting an attendance similar to that of last year, some 13'000 people during the two days, who will be able to visit the stands of distributors well known in the international market such as Discovery, Velvet Underground, JBL - Let It Rock, Second Sound, Timeless, Beatles for Sale and Soysal. In addition to this, there will be others who are well known nationally, such as Wah Wah, Factory, Acetato, Revolver, Tawantinsuyo, Bronco Bullfrog, Overstock, Number Two, Discos a Go Go, and L'Ocasio, as well as representatives of the biggest Spanish record labels, mainly from the Balearics, such as Bip Bop, Subterfuge, Elephant, Munster Records, Blau, Sirena Records, Punkaway and Grabaciones en el Mar. As for the live performances by musical groups this year, Terrassa said that on this occasion there will be more international groups with more “varied” styles, although all of this will be at “medium level” as there are no stars on this occasion, a circumstance which Terrassa said was not related to the quality of the concerts. In addition to the Barracudas, another well know British “garage” band, Mono, will be taking part, although this has not yet been confirmed. The pop group Pauline en la Playa is also expected to perform, and others more centred on Punk, such as Las Perras del Infierno and Half Foot Outside. On the other hand, as happens every year, a great number of local groups will be playing both inside and outside of the exhibition hall.
Among these are Men, Blind Panic, Red Suns and Dog Day Afternoon, although during the next few weeks “others have to be confirmed” according to Pere Terrassa.

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