Festival Records

Festival Records

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Also appears as "Festival" only.
PLEASE NOTE: This should only be used as a label when the release displays the Festival Records logo. For releases on international labels (eg. Island Records, A&M Records, etc.) that were distributed by either Festival Records Pty. Ltd. or Festival Records (NZ) Ltd., please use the appropriate label pages, not this one.

Festival Records Pty. Ltd. was formed in Australia in 1952. It was a primarily a record distribution company representing overseas labels such as Atlantic, Chrysalis, Island, A&M Records, and Virgin. In effect it created de-facto joint venture partnerships with many of the labels it represented and licensed labels rather than acts.

Festival Records Pty. Ltd. also distributed many independent Australian labels over the years.

In New Zealand, the Festival labels were distributed by G.A. Wooller & Co. Ltd from 1952 until 1966. In 1966 Festival Records (NZ) Ltd. was created as a joint partnership between Festival Records (Pty.) Ltd and NZ cinema chain Kerridge Odeon. It operated as a standalone independent entity, albeit one with a close operating relationship, to the Australian entity, until 1999.

In 1999 Rupert Murdoch's Newscorp bought out its partners in NZ and amalgamated Festival Records (NZ) Ltd, Festival Records Pty Ltd, Mushroom Records Pty Ltd and Mushroom Distribution Services (MDS) as Festival Mushroom Records.

In 2012 the new owners, Warner Music Group, revived Festival Records as a reissue label.

For the "Festival" location where such things as the tags 'Recorded At' or 'Mastered At' apply either for recordings on this label or for recordings that credit either of the respective Festival companies (Festival Records Pty. Ltd or Festival Records (NZ) Ltd.), please use Festival Studios. For publishing credits ("Published By"), please use Festival Music Publishing.

Catalogue numbers:
From 1961 the Festival companies introduced a fairly rigid cataloguing system:

Each licensed label had a letter, these included AM (A&M), A (Atlantic), D (Decca), I (Island), LY (Liberty) and so on. Festival branded releases used F. This sat to the left of the format letter. These were K (single), X (EP, later 12"), C (Cassette from the late 1960s) and L (Long player). D was introduced for CDs in the 1980s. To the left of the label code was an S if it was stereo. To the right of the letters were 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.

Other known Festival Records Pty. Ltd related companies:
- Festival Manufacturing Pty. Ltd.
- Festival Records Retail Marketing (applies across both territories of Australia & New Zealand)
- Festival Records (NZ) Ltd. NZ company as above.
- Festival Records Retail Marketing Division (Australian-specific company)
- Festival Records Retail Marketing Ltd. (NZ-specific company)
- Festival Records International Ltd. (UK-based, international division of the Festival Records Pty. Ltd. parent company)
- Festival Art (the in-house art department, it's common ANV used is Festival Art Dept. & it is an artist-entry, not a label-entry a2413812)
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Contact Info:
[defunct]
63-79 Miller Street,
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Australia

Ph: (02) 660 4022
Telex: AA25686
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Label

Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
0001 Various - The Hit Busters In Store Cassette Various The Hit Busters In Store Cassette(Cass, Comp, Promo, Smplr, Def) Festival Records 0001 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
#001 Various - Hot Singles Various Hot Singles (Cass, Comp, Promo) Festival Records #001 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
2CD 2640101-2 The Oscar Peterson Big 4 - Freedom Song (The Oscar Peterson Big 4 In Japan '82) The Oscar Peterson Big 4 Freedom Song (The Oscar Peterson Big 4 In Japan '82)(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Pablo Records, ZYX Music 2CD 2640101-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
2 GUT 555 CD 03 Sound 5 - Album Sampler Sound 5 Album Sampler(CD, Smplr, Dig) Gut Records, Festival Records 2 GUT 555 CD 03 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
3SPCD 8508-2 Little Richard - The Specialty Sessions Little Richard The Specialty Sessions(Box, Comp, Ltd + 3xCD) Specialty, Specialty 3SPCD 8508-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
015 Chris de Burgh - The Chris De Burgh Collection Chris de Burgh The Chris De Burgh Collection(Cass, Comp, Promo, Smplr) Festival Records 015 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
#033 Various - Reach For The Ska Various Reach For The Ska(Cass, Comp, Promo) Festival Records #033 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
58-H903197513B03 Sparks - The Heaven Collection Sparks The Heaven Collection(CDr, Album, Comp, Promo) Festival Records 58-H903197513B03 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
78-FS-1407 Bill French (5) / Ricki Jones Bill French (5) / Ricki Jones - When The Poppies Bloom Again / Everyone's In Love In Paris(Shellac, 10") Festival Records 78-FS-1407 Australia 1957 Sell This Version
0369 Luiz Bonfa* - Plays Great Songs Luiz Bonfa* Plays Great Songs(Cass, Album, Club) World Cassette Club 0369 Australia 1973 Sell This Version
89/1 Various - An Audio Guide To Australia's Best Music Various An Audio Guide To Australia's Best Music(CD, Comp, Promo) Festival Records 89/1 Australia 1989 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
30500 Hard-Ons - Yummy! Hard-Ons Yummy!(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Waterfront Records, Festival Records 30500 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
31321 Albare - What Goes Around Comes Around Albare What Goes Around Comes Around(CD, Album) Bare Productions 31321 Australia 1995 Sell This Version
38205 The Special AKA - In The Studio The Special AKA In The Studio(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Festival Records 38205 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
38762 Anthrax - Among The Living Anthrax Among The Living(LP, Promo, W/Lbl) Festival Records 38762 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
38910 The Reels - Neighbors The Reels Neighbors(LP, Album, TP) Regular Records (2), Festival Records 38910 Australia & New Zealand 1988 Sell This Version
38922 Dweezil Zappa - My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama Dweezil Zappa My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama(Cass, Comp, Promo) Chrysalis, Festival Records 38922 New Zealand 1988 Sell This Version
50025 Various - Street Legal Various Street Legal(Cass, Comp) Festival Records 50025 Australia 1992 Sell This Version
53161 Bryan Adams - Reckless 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
81011 Teardrop Explodes* Live In Concert(VHS, PAL, Liv) Festival Records 81011 Australia 1983 Sell This Version
83011 Paul Young and The Q Tips - Live In Concert 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
83051 Billy Idol - Vital Idol Billy Idol Vital Idol(VHS, Comp, PAL) Chrysalis, Festival Records 83051 Australia & New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
83052 Icehouse - Live At The Ritz Icehouse Live At The Ritz 83052 Australia & New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
83056 The Angels - Live At Narara The Angels Live At Narara(VHS, Album, PAL) Festival Records 83056 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
83131 Various - Hits Of 1990 Vol 1 Various Hits Of 1990 Vol 1(VHS, Comp, PAL) Festival Records, EMI 83131 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
83320 Various - U Can't Touch This Various U Can't Touch This(VHS, Comp) Festival Records 83320 Australia 1990 Sell This Version
84003 Jethro Tull - Slipstream Jethro Tull Slipstream(VHS, PAL) Chrysalis, Festival Records 84003 Australia & New Zealand 1981 Sell This Version
84007 Various - Choose 1985 Various Choose 1985 (Comp) 84007 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
84023 Various - 1987 Let's Party Various 1987 Let's Party(VHS, Comp, PAL) EMI, Festival Records 84023 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
84033 Various - Hit City 1987 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
84045 Various - Hit Pix '88 Various Hit Pix '88(VHS, Comp, PAL) EMI, Festival Records 84045 Australia & New Zealand 1988 Sell This Version
84047 Various - Hit Pix '88 Volume II Various Hit Pix '88 Volume II(VHS, Comp, PAL) EMI, Festival Records 84047 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
84048 Various - 1988 What's Hot Various 1988 What's Hot(VHS, Comp) Festival Records, EMI 84048 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
84050 Various - 1989 Be Happy Various 1989 Be Happy(VHS, Comp, PAL) Festival Records, EMI 84050 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
84051 Various - Hits Of '89 Volume 1 Various Hits Of '89 Volume 1(VHS, Comp, PAL) Festival Records 84051 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
84053 Various - Hits Of '89 Vol 2 Various Hits Of '89 Vol 2(VHS, Comp, PAL) Festival Records, EMI 84053 Australia & New Zealand 1989 Sell This Version
103572 Eddie Howell Hatcheck Girl(7", Single) RCA Victor, GEM (2) 103572 Australia 1980 Sell This Version
184 297 Bee Gees - Best Of Bee Gees Bee Gees Best Of Bee Gees (Comp, Album) 184 297 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
333622 Randy Newman - Disney's Toy Story Music Collection 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
333692 Various - The Very Best Of SeaChange (From The Artist Services ABC TV Series) Various The Very Best Of SeaChange (From The Artist Services ABC TV Series)(2xCD, Comp) Best Boy, ABC Music, Festival Mushroom Records 333692 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
334542 Various - Spinning Around Volume 1 (1952-1977 The Local Years) Various Spinning Around Volume 1 (1952-1977 The Local Years)(2xCD, Comp) Festival Mushroom Records, Festival Records 334542 Australia 2001 Sell This Version
334552 Various - Spinning Around Volume 2 (1977-2002 The Local Years) Various Spinning Around Volume 2 (1977-2002 The Local Years)(2xCD, Comp, RM, Dig) Festival Mushroom Records, Festival Records 334552 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
336032 Jimmy Little - Passage 1959 - 2001 Jimmy Little Passage 1959 - 2001(2xCD, Comp) Warner Music Australia, Festival Records 336032 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
336682 Puretone - Stuck In A Groove Puretone Stuck In A Groove(CD, Album) Festival Mushroom Records 336682 Australia 2002 Sell This Version
337692 The Badloves - The Definitive Collection The Badloves The Definitive Collection(CD, Comp) Festival Records 337692 Australia 2004 Sell This Version
337732 Jimmy Little - The Definitive Collection Jimmy Little The Definitive Collection(2xCD, Comp) Warner Music Australia, Festival Records 337732 Australia 2004 Sell This Version
338762 King Kapisi Dominant Species(CD, Album) Festival Records 338762 New Zealand 2005 Sell This Version
339052 Carly Binding - So Radiate Carly Binding So Radiate (CD, Album) Festival Records 339052 Australia & New Zealand 2005 Sell This Version
468676 2 Various - Here We Go '91 Various Here We Go '91(CD, Comp) Columbia 468676 2 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
468676 4 Various - Here We Go '91 Various Here We Go '91(Cass, Comp) Columbia 468676 4 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
589 446-2 Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits: The Record Bee Gees Their Greatest Hits: The Record (Comp) 589 446-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
589 449-2 Bee Gees - Their Greatest Hits: The Record Bee Gees Their Greatest Hits: The Record (Comp) 589 449-2 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
830 006-1 Icehouse - Measure For Measure Icehouse Measure For Measure(LP, Album) Chrysalis 830 006-1 France 1986 Sell This Version
841 173-1 Bee Gees - Lo Mejor De Los Bee Gees Bee Gees Lo Mejor De Los Bee Gees(LP, Comp, RE) Polydor 841 173-1 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
1582-001 Johann Strauss* - Johann Strauss Festival Hoogtepunten Uit Operetteland Johann Strauss* Johann Strauss Festival Hoogtepunten Uit Operetteland(4xLP, Box) Festival Records, Bellaphon, Bellaphon, Bellaphon, Bellaphon 1582-001 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
2001 414 Daliah Lavi - Wär' Ich Ein Buch Daliah Lavi Wär' Ich Ein Buch(7", Single) Polydor 2001 414 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
2674 002 Bee Gees - Inception Nostalgia Bee Gees Inception Nostalgia(2xLP) Karussell 2674 002 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
8140042 John Williamson - The Smell of Gum Leaves John Williamson The Smell of Gum Leaves(CD) Gum Leaf, Festival Records 8140042 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
9814437 Various - Big Day Out 04: 38 Explosive Crackers Various Big Day Out 04: 38 Explosive Crackers(2xCD, Comp) Universal Music Australia 9814437 Australia 2003 Sell This Version
0630175152 Various - The Ultimate Retro Collection Various The Ultimate Retro Collection(CD, Comp, Enh) WEA Records 0630175152 Australia 1997 Sell This Version
3549802072 Fu Manchu - King Of The Road Fu Manchu King Of The Road(CD, Album) Mammoth Records, Festival Records 3549802072 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
5101128872 Various - The Countdown Collection - Legends The Early Years Various The Countdown Collection - Legends The Early Years(DVD-V, Comp, PAL, Dol + CD, Comp) ABC Music, Warner Music Australia 5101128872 Australia 2006 Sell This Version
5101135442 King Kapisi - Dominant Species King Kapisi Dominant Species(2xCD, Album) Festival Records, Warner Music Australia 5101135442 Australia 2005 Sell This Version
5144290522 Various - Aussie Rock Classics Various Aussie Rock Classics(CD, Comp) Warner Music Australia, Rhino Records (2) 5144290522 Australia 2008 Sell This Version
5186539165 Mental As Anything - Essential As Anything - 30th Anniversary Edition Mental As Anything Essential As Anything - 30th Anniversary Edition(CD, Comp, RM + DVD-V, Comp, PAL) Rhino Records (2), Warner Music Australia 5186539165 Australia 2009 Sell This Version
5249871365 Cold Chisel - Twentieth Century (Collector's Edition) Cold Chisel Twentieth Century (Collector's Edition)(CD, Album, RE, RM + DVD-V) Warner Music Australia 5249871365 Australia 2011 Sell This Version
5310517732 Various - All The... Country Various All The... Country(3xCD, Comp) Warner Music Australia 5310517732 Australia 2012 Sell This Version
5419649701 The Mint Chicks - F**K The Golden Youth The Mint Chicks F**K The Golden Youth(LP, Album, Ltd, 180) Festival Records 5419649701 New Zealand 2015 Sell This Version
7243 4 94411 2 5 The Wiggles - Toot Toot! The Wiggles Toot Toot!(CD, Album) ABC Music 7243 4 94411 2 5 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
72434962382 8 The Wiggles - Toot Toot! The Wiggles Toot Toot!(CD, Album, RE) ABC Music 72434962382 8 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
7243 4 97973 2 1 Olivia Newton-John - Olivia's Greatest Hits Vol. 3 Olivia Newton-John Olivia's Greatest Hits Vol. 3(CD, Comp, RM) Festival Records, EMI 7243 4 97973 2 1 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
7243 5267952 2 Various - Full Metal Racket (Triple J Three Hours Of Power) Various Full Metal Racket (Triple J Three Hours Of Power)(2xCD, Comp) Triple J, ABC Music, EMI 7243 5267952 2 Australia 2000 Sell This Version
74321153972 Various - Hit Machine '93 Various Hit Machine '93(CD, Comp) BMG 74321153972 Australasia 1993 Sell This Version
74321421582 Various - Hit Machine 14 Various Hit Machine 14(CD, Comp) BMG Australia Limited 74321421582 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
#74321429462 Various - 101 Unleashed Various 101 Unleashed(CD, Comp) Walt Disney Records, Walt Disney Records #74321429462 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
88697537632 Various - Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation Various Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation(3xCD, Comp) Sony Music, Network Ten 88697537632 Australia 2009 Sell This Version
88697781202 Various - A State Of The Heart - Australia Salutes Its Own Various A State Of The Heart - Australia Salutes Its Own(2xCD, Comp) Sony Music, Gab Disc 88697781202 Australia 2011 Sell This Version
88697784452 Various - Songs From The 100 Best Australian Albums Various Songs From The 100 Best Australian Albums(5xCD, Comp) Sony Music 88697784452 Australia 2010 Sell This Version
0724352883523 Sherbet - Photoplay Sherbet Photoplay(CD, Album, RM) Infinity, Festival Records 0724352883523 Thailand 1999 Sell This Version
0724352883820 Sherbet - Sherbet Sherbet Sherbet(CD, Album, RE, RM) Infinity, Festival Records, EMI 0724352883820 Thailand 1999 Sell This Version
9399603148426 Various Bliss - 20 Essential NZ Classics(Cass, Comp) Festival Records 9399603148426 New Zealand 1995 Sell This Version
9399603182925 Various - Bliss 2 (More Essential Kiwi Classics) Various Bliss 2 (More Essential Kiwi Classics)(CD, Comp) Festival Records 9399603182925 New Zealand 1997 Sell This Version
5335722 / 5335721 Various - The Great Australian Songbook Various The Great Australian Songbook(CD, Comp) Universal, Columbia, Polydor 5335722 / 5335721 Australia 2011 Sell This Version
ABC CD 27206 Peter Combe Toffee Apple(CD, Album) ABC Records (3), Festival Records ABC CD 27206 Australia & New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
AL-748840 Various - Celebrate '88 Various Celebrate '88(LP, Comp) EMI, Festival Records AL-748840 Australia 1987 Sell This Version
AL 790763 Various - Hit Pix '88 Volume II Various Hit Pix '88 Volume II(LP, Comp) EMI, Festival Records AL 790763 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
AL 791159 Various - 1988 What's Hot Various 1988 What's Hot(LP, Comp) EMI, Festival Records AL 791159 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
AL 792251 Various - Hits Of '89 Volume 1 Various Hits Of '89 Volume 1(LP, Comp) EMI, Festival Records AL 792251 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
AL 793629 Various - Hits Of 1990 Vol 1 Various Hits Of 1990 Vol 1(LP, Comp) EMI, Festival Records AL 793629 Australia 1989 Sell This Version
AL 794354 Various - Hits Of 1990 Volume 2 Various Hits Of 1990 Volume 2 (Comp) AL 794354 Australasia 1990 Sell This Version
ALB 352 Studio 9 - Musiques D’Un Soir Vol.2 Studio 9 Musiques D’Un Soir Vol.2(2xLP, Album) Festival Records ALB 352 France 1981 Sell This Version
ALCD 2700 Sonny Boy Williamson (2)  /  Willie Love (2) - Clownin' With The World Sonny Boy Williamson (2) / Willie Love (2) Sonny Boy Williamson (2) / Willie Love (2) - Clownin' With The World(CD, Comp) Alligator Records ALCD 2700 US 1993 Sell This Version
ALCD 4720 Son Seals - Chicago Fire Son Seals Chicago Fire(CD, Album, RE) Alligator Records ALCD 4720 Canada Unknown Sell This Version
ALCD 107/108 Various - 20th Anniversary Tour Various 20th Anniversary Tour(2xCD, Album) Alligator Records ALCD 107/108 USA & Canada 1993 Sell This Version
AMAZE-1 Various - Amazing Smash Hits! Various Amazing Smash Hits!(LP, Comp) Music For Leisure AMAZE-1 New Zealand 1986 Sell This Version
AML-31,461 Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass* - The Best Of Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass* The Best Of Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass(LP, Comp, Mono) A&M Records, Festival Records AML-31,461 Australia 1966 Sell This Version
AML-31,548 Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - South Of The Border Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass South Of The Border(LP, Album, Mono) A&M Records, Festival Records AML-31,548 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
AML-31,891 Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass* - Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass Vol. 2 Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass* Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass Vol. 2(LP, Album, Mono) A&M Records, Festival Records AML-31,891 Australia 1966 Sell This Version