I spent a painful day today going to the record fair at Olympia London billed as a VIP event with worldwide dealers blah blah blah. Anyway having paid £45 for a train ticket and sitting on the floor I managed to get to London (is dead). Victoria tube line is down and there were some restricted services so it took an hour to get across town. No matter I thought....will be worthwhile. Well....what a load of bollox it was. A pretty halfbaked affair with loads of vinyl if you like Jethro Tull or want a lifetime record of Oi. There was nothing remotely if interest to an average Mox collector although a couple of the dealers gave me their emails and said they would have some stuff coming through. One actually ahd his son on the desk and had given him the middle name Morrissey as he was such a fan (which was nice but didnt help much!!). Anyway then it chucked it down and I spent another 3 hours on public transport slowly sinking into despair as kids played nintendos at full vlume and teenagers played shitty mp3s through their phones even shittier speaker. Happily survived to make it home and fondle a cd or two. Calming now.
Anyway question is where are decent record fairs in Europe and what dealers are good for real rarities. I know some might be loathe to give some details but positive experiences would be appreciated. ONe dealer had a homemade Moz cdr of a Eugene concert with minimal artwork for £12............................outrageous!