Festival Records Pty. Ltd.

Festival Records Pty. Ltd.

Profile:
Festival Records Pty. Ltd. was an Australian record company with its own label, Festival Records, as well as at least half a dozen other local labels in large part funded by it. The most successful of these was Mushroom. It was also a distributor of foreign labels (including A&M Records, Atlantic, Chrysalis, Island Records, Jive, Liberty, Stiff Records, United Artists Records, Crescendo, Monument, Ranwood, Scepter, Coral, Stax, Dot Records, Sunshine, 20th Century Fox, Ata Records, Mr. G Records, Imperial), a manufacturer of vinyl, a music publisher (Festival Music Publishing), and had its own recording studios in Sydney, Festival Studios. The company had strong Australasian A&R and actively signed and developed local talent.

The company was established by Australian merchant banking company Mainguard, and was incorporated on 21 October 1952. Mainguard acquired Casper Engineering in Redfern, Sydney, installed two 10-inch shellac record presses, and Festival was born. One of its early A&R representatives was Les Welch, whose Les Welch And His Orchestra - Meet Mr. Callaghan / When I Fall In Love was Festival's first record. In 1957, Mainguard sold Festival to L. J. Hooker Investment Corporation Ltd., who then sold it to Rupert Murdoch's News Limited in 1960. Vinyl manufacture began in Gladesville, Sydney, in March 1953. The recording studios opened in Pyrmont, Sydney, in 1966, and at some time vinyl manufacture and head office operations moved there as well.

A different company, Festival Records (NZ) Ltd., operated in New Zealand as initially a joint venture with a New Zealand cinema company, Kerridge Oden. In 1998 Kerridge was brought out and Festival Records Pty. Ltd. took sole ownership.

Festival Records Pty. Ltd. progressively purchased Mushroom Records Pty. Ltd. between 1994 and 1998 and became Festival Mushroom Records Pty. Ltd. Another wing of the company was Festival Records Retail Marketing, operational from about 1982 through to the late 80s, possibly into the 90s. After becoming insolvent, the company was sold to Warner Music in 2005.

Name variation:
- Festival Records Pty. Australia

Catalogue numbers:
From 1961 Festival introduced a straightforward alphanumeric cataloguing system:

Each licensed label had a letter code such as AM (A&M), A (Atlantic), D (Decca), I (Island), LY (Liberty) and so on. Festival branded releases used F. The second letter in the alphanumeric code indicated the format: K (single), X (EP, later 12"), C (Cassette), L (Long Play) and D, introduced in the 1980s, for CD. The first letter in the code was an S if it was stereo, followed by the label code and eventually the numbers. Singles had numbers under 10,000. EPs and 12" singles were between 10001 and 20000. All others were in sequences above that. Until the end of 1972 stereo LPs had a 9 before the numerical sequence, mono did not. Thus SAML-932,101 was a stereo LP from A&M. AML-32,101 was the mono version.

In 1973 the system was simplified. Mono was largely gone so the S and the 9 were removed so that SAML932,101 would become AML-32101 (the commas were also dropped). Singles were still AMK-3055 etc. In late 1973 the label code was also dropped so all LPs were L (that AML-32101 was now L32101), cassettes were C, EPs and 12"s just X, and singles K (that single would be K-3055). With one major exception (RML - Festival Retail Marketing) that was the system that survived until 1999.
Sublabels

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
2M 026-62157 The Bee Gees Vol. 1, 1963-66 - Enregistrements Originaux  album cover The Bee Gees* The Bee Gees Vol. 1, 1963-66 - Enregistrements Originaux(LP, Comp, RE) Music For Pleasure 2M 026-62157 France 1978 Sell This Version
2M 026-62158 The Bee Gees Vol. 2, 1963-66 - Enregistrements Originaux  album cover The Bee Gees* The Bee Gees Vol. 2, 1963-66 - Enregistrements Originaux(LP, Comp, RE) Music For Pleasure 2M 026-62158 France 1978 Sell This Version
2M 026-62159 The Bee Gees Vol. 3, 1966 - Enregistrements Originaux  album cover The Bee Gees* The Bee Gees Vol. 3, 1966 - Enregistrements Originaux(LP, Album, RE) Music For Pleasure 2M 026-62159 France 1978 Sell This Version
2REV 210 It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (NZ Singles 1979–82)  album cover Various It's Bigger Than Both Of Us (NZ Singles 1979–82)(2xLP, Comp) Propeller, Festival Records 2REV 210 Australia & New Zealand 1988 Sell This Version
2SCD-88007-2 Wattstax - The Living Word  album cover Various Wattstax - The Living Word(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Stax, Stax 2SCD-88007-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
003 Starving Whipped!! Basement Tapes ’85  album cover The Deadly Hume Starving Whipped!! Basement Tapes ’85(12", EP, Pas) Bulb Recordin 003 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
3VCD 172 / 74-2 Chicago / The Blues / Today!   album cover Various Chicago / The Blues / Today! (3xCD, Comp, RM) Vanguard 3VCD 172 / 74-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
4PACD-4439-2 Dimensions (A Compendium Of The Pablo Years)  album cover Oscar Peterson Dimensions (A Compendium Of The Pablo Years)(4xCD, Comp, Sli + Box, Comp) Pablo Records 4PACD-4439-2 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
4PRCD-4426-2 The Prestige Records Story  album cover Various The Prestige Records Story(4xCD, Comp + Box) Prestige Records Inc. 4PRCD-4426-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
5C 050-98472 Sounds Of Sedaka  album cover Neil Sedaka Sounds Of Sedaka(LP) MCA Records, MCA Records 5C 050-98472 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
5GCD-4431-2 The Hollywood All-Star Sessions  album cover Art Pepper The Hollywood All-Star Sessions(5xCD, Comp + Box) Galaxy 5GCD-4431-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
7PACD-4433-2 Live Trane   The European Tours  album cover John Coltrane Live Trane The European Tours(7xCD + Box, Comp, RM) Pablo Records 7PACD-4433-2 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
8MCD-4430-2 The Last Waltz  album cover Bill Evans Trio* The Last Waltz(8xCD, Album + Box) Milestone (4) 8MCD-4430-2 Europe 2000 Sell This Version
8T 54722 Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player  album cover Elton John Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player(8-Trk, Album) DJM Records (2) 8T 54722 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
12GUS6 Addicted To Bass  album cover Puretone Addicted To Bass(12") Gusto Records 12GUS6 UK 2001 Sell This Version
12GUS6X Addicted To Bass (Drum & Bass Mixes)  album cover Puretone Addicted To Bass (Drum & Bass Mixes)(12") Gusto Records 12GUS6X UK 2001 Sell This Version
20 GG-(AM) 20 Golden Greats: The Best Of A&M Records  album cover Various 20 Golden Greats: The Best Of A&M Records(LP, Comp) Majestic (7), A&M Records 20 GG-(AM) Australia Unknown Sell This Version
45-ZR 016 Sing  album cover Johnny O'Keefe Sing(7", Single) Zodiac (10) 45-ZR 016 UK 1962 Sell This Version
89/1 An Audio Guide To Australia's Best Music  album cover Various An Audio Guide To Australia's Best Music(CD, Comp, Promo) Festival Records 89/1 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
1898 What You Need  album cover Powerhouse Feat Duane Harden Powerhouse Feat Duane Harden - What You Need(CD, Maxi) Strictly Rhythm, Defected, F1 1898 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
2311 Come Back To Me  album cover Leslie, Kelly*, John Ford Coley Leslie, Kelly*, John Ford Coley - Come Back To Me(7", Single) A&M Records 2311 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
6150-1 Miami Vice (Music From The Television Series)  album cover Various Miami Vice (Music From The Television Series)(LP, Comp) MCA Records 6150-1 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
(10262) Live At B.B. King's Blues Club, Memphis  album cover Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers Live At B.B. King's Blues Club, Memphis(CD, Album) Exile Records (10262) Australia 1994 Sell This Version
14699 I Like It  album cover A.K. Soul I Like It(12", W/Lbl) Festival Records Pty. Ltd. 14699 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
19105-2 Spill The Rhyme  album cover A Lighter Shade Of Brown* Spill The Rhyme(CD, Single) Festival Records, Pump Records 19105-2 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
019902 The Deer In You  album cover Gerling The Deer In You(CD, Single) Festival Mushroom Records 019902 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
020422 Dust Me Selecta  album cover Gerling Dust Me Selecta(CD, Maxi) Festival Mushroom Records 020422 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
020642 Hot Computer  album cover Gerling Hot Computer(CD, Single) Festival Mushroom Records 020642 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
020862 Addicted To Bass  album cover Puretone Addicted To Bass(CD, Single) Festival Mushroom Records 020862 Australia & New Zealand 2002 Sell This Version
021062 Lovesong  album cover Amiel Lovesong(CD, Single) Festival Mushroom Records 021062 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
021362 Obsession (I Love You)  album cover Amiel Obsession (I Love You)(CD, Single) Festival Mushroom Records 021362 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
021572 Tonight  album cover Amiel Tonight(CD, Single) Festival Mushroom Records 021572 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
026441 Various Swingers (Music From The Miramax Motion Picture)(CD, Comp) Festival Records, Miramax Records, Hollywood Records 026441 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
27.006 The Bee Gees  album cover The Bee Gees* The Bee Gees(LP, Album, Mono, RE) Belter 27.006 Portugal 1978 Sell This Version
30649 Vinyl  album cover Dramarama Vinyl(LP, Album, Promo, W/Lbl, Pin) Chameleon Records (2) 30649 Australasia 1991 Sell This Version
32049 Stars  album cover Janis Ian Stars(LP, Album) CBS, CBS 32049 UK Unknown Sell This Version
35605 This Is Gene Pitney Singing The Platters' Golden Platters  album cover Gene Pitney This Is Gene Pitney Singing The Platters' Golden Platters(LP) Musicor Records 35605 Australia 1969 Sell This Version
35862 Pablo Cruise Lifeline(LP, Album) A&M Records 35862 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
35909 Felix Pappalardi, Creation (6) Felix Pappalardi, Creation (6) - Felix Pappalardi & Creation(LP, Album, Promo) A&M Records 35909 Australia 1976 Sell This Version
38292 Systems Of Romance  album cover Ultravox Systems Of Romance(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Not On Label 38292 Australia 1978 Sell This Version
39763 Sound D'Afrique  album cover Various Sound D'Afrique(LP, Comp) Island Records 39763 Australia 1981 Sell This Version
53161 Reckless  album cover Bryan Adams Reckless(LP, Album, Gif) A&M Records, A&M Records, A&M Records, Festival Records, Festival Records, Festival Records 53161 Australia & New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
80002 The Videos  album cover Kylie* The Videos(VHS) Mushroom 80002 Australia & New Zealand 1988 Sell This Version
80224 Janis Ian Stars(LP, Album, TP) CBS, CBS 80224 UK 1974 Sell This Version
80635 Between The Lines  album cover Janis Ian Between The Lines (Album) 80635 UK & Europe 1975 Sell This Version
81007 The Videos  album cover Chantoozies* The Videos(VHS, PAL) Mushroom 81007 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
81009 Take One - The Videos  album cover Jimmy Barnes Take One - The Videos(VHS, PAL) Mushroom 81009 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
81012 Tubular Bells · Live In Concert  album cover Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells · Live In Concert(VHS, PAL, Liv) WOT Video, Festival Records Pty. Ltd. 81012 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
81014 Live In Concert  album cover The Beat (2) Live In Concert(VHS, PAL) WOT Video 81014 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
81015 Saga (3) Live In Concert(VHS, Ltd, PAL) WOT Video 81015 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
81030 Johnny Diesel & The Injectors  album cover Johnny Diesel & The Injectors Johnny Diesel & The Injectors(VHS, PAL) Chrysalis, Festival Video 81030 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
81055 The Very Best Of Richard Clapton  album cover Richard Clapton The Very Best Of Richard Clapton(VHS, PAL) Festival Video 81055 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
81091 The Videos  album cover Jason Donovan The Videos(VHS, Comp, PAL) Mushroom 81091 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
81111 The Videos 2  album cover Kylie Minogue The Videos 2(VHS, PAL) Mushroom 81111 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
81169 Love And Kisses The Video Collection  album cover Dannii Minogue Love And Kisses The Video Collection(VHS, PAL) Mushroom 81169 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
81192 Let's Get To... The Videos  album cover Kylie Minogue Let's Get To... The Videos(VHS, PAL) Mushroom 81192 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
81311 Requiem  album cover The Reels Requiem(VHS, Comp, PAL) Regular Records (2), Festival Video 81311 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
81346 Video Croissant  album cover Faith No More Video Croissant(VHS, Comp, PAL) Slash, Slash, Liberation Records 81346 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
81348 Live At Red Rocks  album cover Stevie Nicks Live At Red Rocks(VHS, PAL) Lightyear Entertainment 81348 Australia & New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
82053 Oidivnikufesin  album cover Anthrax Oidivnikufesin(VHS, PAL) Island Visual Arts 82053 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
82065 Live At Santa Monica '72  album cover Traffic Live At Santa Monica '72(VHS, PAL) Festival Video 82065 Australia & New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
82071 The Videos  album cover Toni Childs The Videos(VHS, PAL) A&M Records 82071 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
82093 The Best Of The Divinyls On Video  album cover Divinyls The Best Of The Divinyls On Video(VHS, Comp, PAL) Chrysalis, Festival Video 82093 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
82096 Live In Concert: Taking It Home  album cover Buckwheat Zydeco Live In Concert: Taking It Home(VHS, PAL) Festival Video 82096 Australia & New Zealand 1990 Sell This Version
82239 You Fat B**tards (Live At The Brixton Academy)  album cover Faith No More You Fat B**tards (Live At The Brixton Academy)(VHS, PAL) Liberation Records, Slash 82239 New Zealand 1990 Sell This Version
82264 Ball And Chain  album cover Big Brother & The Holding Company Ball And Chain(VHS, PAL) Festival Video 82264 Australia & New Zealand 1989 Sell This Version
82446 The Best Of '91 - All Australian Artists  album cover Various The Best Of '91 - All Australian Artists(VHS, Comp, PAL) Festival Video 82446 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
82471 Can't Beat The Music Vol. 2  album cover Various Can't Beat The Music Vol. 2(VHS, Comp, PAL) Festival Video 82471 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
83011 Live In Concert  album cover Paul Young and The Q Tips Paul Young and The Q Tips - Live In Concert(VHS, Col) WOT Video, Festival Records 83011 Australia & New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
83049 The Unforgettable Fire Collection  album cover U2 The Unforgettable Fire Collection(VHS, PAL) Island Records 83049 Australia 1985 Sell This Version
83051 Vital Idol  album cover Billy Idol Vital Idol(VHS, Comp, PAL) Chrysalis, Festival Records 83051 Australia & New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
83052 Live At The Ritz  album cover Icehouse Live At The Ritz 83052 Australia & New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
83056 Live At Narara  album cover The Angels Live At Narara(VHS, Album, PAL) Festival Records 83056 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
83131 Hits Of 1990 Vol 1  album cover Various Hits Of 1990 Vol 1(VHS, Comp, PAL) Festival Records, EMI 83131 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
83141 Regular Records 1979 - 1989 The Video  album cover Various Regular Records 1979 - 1989 The Video(VHS, PAL) Festival Video, Regular Records (2) 83141 Australia & New Zealand 1989 Sell This Version
83320 U Can't Touch This  album cover Various U Can't Touch This(VHS, Comp) Festival Records 83320 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
83377 Nothing Compares... To The Hits Of 1990  album cover Various Nothing Compares... To The Hits Of 1990(VHS, Comp, PAL) Festival Video 83377 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
83431 Waratah St. Live  album cover John Williamson Waratah St. Live(VHS, PAL) Gum Leaf 83431 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
83802 Night Rains  album cover Janis Ian Night Rains(LP, Album) CBS, CBS 83802 UK 1979 Sell This Version
84003 Slipstream  album cover Jethro Tull Slipstream(VHS, PAL) Chrysalis, Festival Records 84003 Australia & New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
84010 Live At The Rainbow  album cover Bob Marley And The Wailers* Live At The Rainbow(VHS, PAL) Island Pictures 84010 Australia & New Zealand Unknown Sell This Version
84023 1987 Let's Party  album cover Various 1987 Let's Party(VHS, Comp, PAL) EMI, Festival Records 84023 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
84033 Hit City 1987  album cover Various Hit City 1987(VHS, Comp, PAL) Festival Records, EMI 84033 Australia & New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
84044 John Williamson Live(VHS, PAL) Festival Records 84044 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
84047 Hit Pix '88 Volume II  album cover Various Hit Pix '88 Volume II(VHS, Comp, PAL) EMI, Festival Records 84047 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
84050 1989 Be Happy  album cover Various 1989 Be Happy(VHS, Comp, PAL) Festival Records, EMI 84050 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
84053 Hits Of '89 Vol 2  album cover Various Hits Of '89 Vol 2(VHS, Comp, PAL) Festival Records, EMI 84053 Australia & New Zealand 1989 Sell This Version
85001 The Andrew Durant Memorial Concert  album cover Various The Andrew Durant Memorial Concert(VHS, PAL) Mushroom Video 85001 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
101646 Say It  album cover Kids In The Kitchen Say It(12", Maxi) Accord 101646 France 1987 Sell This Version
103522 Grown Up Wrong  album cover The Johnnys Grown Up Wrong(CD, Album) Accord, Mushroom 103522 France 1988 Sell This Version
145.103 The Love She Found In Me  album cover Kamahl The Love She Found In Me(7", Single) CNR 145.103 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
145.122 Remember Who Loves You  album cover Kamahl Remember Who Loves You(7", Single) CNR 145.122 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
333622 Disney's Toy Story Music Collection  album cover Randy Newman Disney's Toy Story Music Collection(CD, Album, RE + CD, Album, RE + Comp, Ltd) Walt Disney Records, Festival Records 333622 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
334102 Resonate  album cover Jimmy Little Resonate(CD, Album) Festival Mushroom Records 334102 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
334412 When Young Terrorists Chase The Sun  album cover Gerling When Young Terrorists Chase The Sun(CD, Album) Festival Mushroom Records 334412 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
334712 Gossip  album cover Paul Kelly And The Coloured Girls* Gossip(2xCD, Album, RM, Dig) Festival Mushroom Records 334712 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
335992 The Best Of Split Enz - History Never Repeats (30th Anniversary Edition)  album cover Split Enz The Best Of Split Enz - History Never Repeats (30th Anniversary Edition)(CD, Comp) Mushroom 335992 New Zealand 2002 Sell This Version
336272 At First Sight Violets Are Blue  album cover The Stems At First Sight Violets Are Blue (Album) 336272 Australia & New Zealand 2003 Sell This Version
336392 Planet X All Time Kick Ass Trax Volume 1  album cover Various Planet X All Time Kick Ass Trax Volume 1(CD, Comp + DVD) Festival Mushroom Records 336392 Australia & New Zealand 2003 Sell This Version
336752 Bad Blood!!!  album cover Gerling Bad Blood!!!(CD, Album) Festival Mushroom Records 336752 Australia 2003 Sell This Version