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The Village Vinyl Fair
February 18 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pmFree entry
11am – 3pm on Saturday 18 February at St Peter’s Hall
Please bring cash
Three Year (Af)fair Marks Ten Years on Air
Paekākāriki’s iconic radio station 88.2FM turns ten this year and its biggest fundraiser, the Village Vinyl Fair, turns three. With so much to celebrate, the village is gearing up for an all-day event on Saturday 18th February: a daytime fair for vinyl lovers from around the Wellington region, and a floor stomping village dance from 7pm with DJs past, present and future.
The Village Vinyl Fair, which has previously been held at the local bowling club will this year be hosted at St Peter’s Village Hall, an indication of how much it has grown since it began. Co-organiser and vinyl addict Val Little says “the larger venue means we can offer more stalls, more vendors and more space for vinyl buyers”. Doors open at 11am till 3pm and punters are promised a fun day of crate digging, live DJs spinning their favourite records, merchandise and a display of archival material from a decade of the radio station that boasts being ‘the coolest waves on the Coast’. The free entry means more money for records or a one-off ten-year anniversary t-shirt on sale at the PaeFM table!
“The vinyl fair and the rave up dance,” are an important part of the fabric of our local radio station,” says Mark Amery, radio station co-founder and chair of Paekākāriki Informed Community Inc that manages Paekākāriki 88.2 FM and its sister organisation www.paekākāriki.nz. “All proceeds go straight back to the studio and equipment, ensuring quality music and talk all year round.”
“Over the last couple of years we’ve been able to upgrade our once ancient mixing desk and buy new headphones, microphones – all the stuff you need to run a decent radio station. Crucial has also been the funding of our app allowing you to listen digitally anywhere on a smartphone. Search Paekākāriki in your app store and we’re now there. ”
Paekākāriki 88.2FM began broadcasting from a village sleepout ten years ago this month, mixing radio shows with the birdsong from Kāpiti Island, care of village partner organisation Groundtruth. The station moved through several different locals’ gardens before finding a more permanent home in the old dental clinic at Paekākāriki School, where shows by the schoolchildren join those by over 40 DJs of all ages and musical tastes, hosting shows that vary between funk, hardcore punk, pop, prog rock and poetry. “Fundamental from the beginning”, says Amery “was the recognition that the small village is actually full of DJs and people with great music”.
The evening is for the groovers with a disco high-kicking off at 7pm till 11pm. Tickets are available from Paekākāriki Fruit Supply at $20 a pop, which provides a range of DJs both local and imported and platters of yummy kai to keep the dancers well fed. Party goers are invited to dress in their favourite decade to celebrate a decade of music, banter and local news and views on the village airwaves.
Paekākāriki 88.2FM is looking forward to seeing the local hall filled with vinyl lovers, record collectors and dancefloor devotees on 18th February.
For the record, here’s a fun fact – a person born in ‘45 was ‘33 in ’78.
See ya ‘round like a record!
For more information, contact:
Mark Amery ph 027 356 6128, [email protected]
Val Little ph 021 846 399, [email protected]
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