The UK is getting its first vinyl festival in the shape of … The Vinyl Festival at London’s Printworks in September. The organisers are promising an expected 6,000 attendees an ‘immersive vinyl experience’. That means around 100 independent labels and 50 audio stands showing off the latest pressings and collectibles, as well as some cool audio innovation, street food and, of course, those craft beers.
The Vinyl Festival’s headliners will include the likes of Steve Lamacq, Huey Morgan and Edith Bowman, with support from a rich line-up of resident DJs and turntablists.
For those interested in vintage technology, the MP3 might be the format to collect next. That’s because Technicolor and The Fraunhofer Institute, which license the MP3, have terminated their licensing programme. Why now? “Most state-of-the-art media services such as streaming or TV and radio broadcasting use modern ISO-MPEG codecs [which] can deliver more features and a higher audio quality at much lower bitrates compared to MP3,” says the institute.