Festival Records Collection
A collection of objects relating to and used at Festive Records, the Sydney based recording company. Festival Records was established in 1952 and the objects in this collection date from that time.
An Australian record company, Festival was for over 50 years a significant force in the music recording industry. It financed, recorded, manufactured, promoted, marketed, distributed and published a huge range of local and overseas music, from classical to popular, under an equally vast number of labels. Although a major record company, it was independent of the five multinational companies that dominated the industry worldwide. The fledgling company set up a factory and soon became the second largest manufacturer of gramophone records in Australia. It played a crucial role in bringing rock 'n' roll to Australian audiences by releasing Bill Haley's 'Rock Around the Clock' and developing a large roster of local rock 'n' roll talent headed by Johnny O'Keefe and Col Joye. This collection of objects dates from 1952 to 2000 and includes recording studio equipment, documents, audio recordings music awards and publicity material such as posters, newsletters and promotional ephemera such as stickers and drink coasters.
Some items in this collection may be subject to copyright
Audio equipment; Audio records; Awards; Badges; Magazines; Posters; Promotional material
Australian music; Popular music; Sound recording