Festival

Notes.


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Serial number

Title

Artist

Year

MX Number

Notes

Festival - Everything's swingin' - E232 - front cover - temp

E232
Festival

Everything’s Swingin’

Various

1962

?

A Brian Henderson’s Bandstand compilation.
Lee Gordon -Six OClock Rock - LL-30,078 - front cover

LL-30,078
Leedon

Six O’Clock Rock

Various

196?

?

 
Leedon - The Big Show starring Johnny O'Keefe - LL-30,543 - front cover

LL-30,543
Festival

Lee Gordon Presents The Big Show Staring Johnny O’Keefe

Various?

196?

?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

ML-30,726
Festival

Top Forty Hits

Various

196?

?

 
Festival - Brian Henderson Bandstand - FL31727 - front cover

FL-30,727
Festival

Brian Henderson’s Bandstand

Various

196?

?

 
LEP-313

FL-30,738
Festival

Six O’Clock Rock Vol. 2

Various

196?

?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

LL-30,739
Festival

The Johnny O’Keefe Show

Various

196?

?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-30,790
Festival

Joy Time

Various

196?

?

Released June 1962 (Unconfirmed)
Sorry No image is currently available

LL-30,905
Leedon
(Festival)

J.O’K On Camera

Various

196?

?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-30,907
Festival

R66-114
Calendar

Festivals Hit Parade

Various

1962?

11,337

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-30,990
Festival

Twist The Limbo With The Stars

Various

196?

?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,040
Festival

National Top 100 Hits

Various

196?

?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,047
Festival

Brian Henderson’s Bandstand ’63

Various

196?

?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,058
Festival

Sing Sing Sing

Various?

196?

?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

XL-31,063
Festival

Australian All Star Showcase

Various?

196?

?

3 EP Set
Sorry No image is currently available

XL-31,064
Festival

All Star Showcase

Various?

196?

?

3 EP Set
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,078
Festival

Classics of Rock

Various?

196?

?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,087
Festival

National Top 40 Hits

Various

196?

?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,217
Rex

All Australian Hit Parade

Various?

196?

?

Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,356
Festival

Everybody’s – Disc of the Week

Various?

196?

?

Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,397
Festival

Top Hits For Under 21s

Various?

196?

015783

Silver on light blue label.
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,472
Festival

Everybody’s 4 Star Hits

Various

1965?

016429

Silver on Blue – Festival label

Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,568
Festival

TV Week’s Pick of the Hits

Various

1965?

Silver on Blue – Festival label

Sorry No image is currently available

ML-31,602
AMPAR

Shindig!

Various

1965?

Festival - '65s Hit Groups - Aussie Style - FL31691 - front cover

LL-31,691
Festival
R66-501
Calendar

’65s Hit Groups Aussie Style

Ray Brown & Whispers
Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs
Tony Worsley & Blue Jays
The Playboys

1965?

018021

Silver on Blue – Festival Label
Black on Orange – Calendar re-issue
 
Sorry No image is currently available

QL-31,722
Sunshine

The Bowl Show

Various

1965

Sorry No image is currently available

 

QL-31,760

Festival

The Big Four

Ray Brown & The Whispers
Peter Doyle
Normie Rowe
Tony Worsley & Blue Jays

1965?

018537

Silver on Blue – Festival Label
 
Festival - The Big Parade - FL-31,767 - front cover

FL-31,767
Festival

R66-50

The Big Parade – Top Rated Tunes From Around Australia

Various

1965?

018573

Silver on Blue – Festival label
festival - 66_And_All_Those_Hits_front_cover

FL-31,819
Festival

’66 And All Those Hits

Various

1966

019075

 
Sorry No image is currently available

QL-31,857
Festival
R66-272
Calendar

Sunshines All Star Spectacular

Various

1965

?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,874
Festival
R66-156
Calander

All Star Parade 1966

Various

1966

019507

 
Festival - Spinnin High - The Stars Of Spin Records - EL31930 - front cover

EL-31,930
Spin
R66-
Calander

Spinnin’ High

Various

1966?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

ZL-31,934
Dot

Great Hits of 1965

Various

1966?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,935
Festival

Hits in Orbit

Various

1966?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,945
Festival

National Country & Western Hour

Various

1966?

 
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-31,988
Festival

10 Years Of Hits

Various

?

?

 
Festival - A Festival Bonanza - FL-32,058 - front cover

FL-32,058
Festival

A Festival Bonanza

Various

1966

020799

Silver band on light blue label.
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-32,170
Festival

Hit Reaction ’67! Chart Happenings

Various

1966

Sorry No image is currently available

FL-32,177
Sunshine

The Music of Cloudland & Norwood Ballrooms

Various

1966

Silver band on light blue label.
Festival - Sorta Country - L-15025 - front cover

L-15025 Festival

R66-438
Calendar

Sorta Country

Various

1967?

025441

Orange Calendar reissue label
Festival - Operation Big Time! - FL-32,196 - front cover

FL-32,196
Festival

Operation Big Time

Various

1968?

Clarion Set front cover

MCL-32,268
Festival

The Clarion Set

Various

1968?

Festival - Spin Discovery - EL32689 - front cover

EL-32,689
Spin
Calander
R66-548

Spin Discovery

Various

1969?

025127

Red on white Spin label. Re-issued as Calendar R66-548
Sorry No image is currently available

EL-32,907
Spin

So Together…
The Stars of Spin Records

Various

1968?

Does not apear to have been re-issued.
Sorry No image is currently available

FL-32,978
Calendar

Australia’s Star Showcase ’68

Various

1968

Calendar - Uptight - Party Time - R66-522 - front cover

R66-522
Calendar

Uptight – Party Time

Various

1969?

026645

Orange Calendar label.
Calendar - Australia's Top Talent - SR66-9687 - front cover

SR66-9,687
Calendar

Australia’s Top Talent

Various

1970

Orange Calendar Label.
Island (through Festival) - Bumpers - L-45007/8 = front cover

L450078
Island
through Festival

Bumpers

Various

1970

SMX038021

Pink Island label
Very different track listing to U.K. version.
Sorry No image is currently available

SR66-9,692
Calendar

Sound of the 70s – Australian Top Pop Artists

Various

1970

Orange Calendar Label.
Sorry No image is currently available

R66-704
Calendar

16 Fabulous Festival Hits

Various

1970

Orange Calendar Label.
Sorry No image is currently available

SR66-9-806
Calendar

14 Now Hits

Various

1970

Calendar - Sound of the 70s - Australian Top Pop Artists - SR66-9-692 - front cover

R66-9812
Festival

Super Sounds Of Happening 71

Various

1971

SMX038115

Silver on green Festival label.
Calendar re-issue – dark green label with different front cover.
Sorry No image is currently available

SR66-9-815
Calendar

The Stars of Australian Clubs

Various

1970

Sorry No image is currently available

SR66-9-817
Calendar

Group Therapy

Various

1970

SMX04xxxx

Original pink Infinity label – label launch sampler.
Sorry No image is currently available

SR66-9-877
Calendar

If Not For You & 11 Other Great Hits

Various

1971

Sorry No image is currently available

SR66-9-949
Calendar

14 Now Hits Volume 2

Various

1971

Sorry No image is currently available

L25329
Festival

20 Golden Greats of the 50s & 60s

Various

197-

 

 

Infinity - 12 x 12 - L-15111 - front cover

SR66-9975
Infinity

12 X 12

Various

1972

SMX040997

Original pink Infinity label
Sorry No image is currently available

SR66-9987
Festival

TV Week – Star Tracks

Various

1973

SMX041489

Re-issued on Calendar as 15 Australian Superstars
Sorry No image is currently available

L-15196
Festival

Ten Mayfair Hits

Various

1973

Re-issue of overseas budget release
Sorry No image is currently available

L15207
Festival

Unforgotten Hits

Various

1973

Sorry No image is currently available

L15226
AVCO through Festival

Hit Train

Various

?

Sorry No image is currently available

L15232
Festival

Let The Good Times Roll

Various

Sorry No image is currently available

L25055
Festival

15 Australian Superstars

Various

Sorry No image is currently available

L25108
Festival

Stars of Showcase ’73

Various

Sorry No image is currently available

L25176
Festival

Stars of Showcase Volume 2

Various

Festival - Rock'n Roll Australia - L25211front cover - temp

L25211
Festival

Rock’n’Roll Australia

Various

L25238_temp

L25238
Festival

All Australian Hit Parade

Various

L25329F

L25329
Festival

20 Golden Greats of the 50s & 60s

Various

Sorry No image is currently available

L25369
Festival

20 Golden Greats of the 60s

Various

Sorry No image is currently available

L25370
Festival

20 Golden Greats of the 70s

Various

Festival - Rockbusters 77 - L27028 - front cover.

L27028
Festival

Rockbusters ’77

Various

1977

 

Blue ‘TV Special’ label
Sorry No image is currently available

GIVE2009
EMI+ Festival+ RCA

1983… Summer Breaks

Various

1983

 

 

Sorry No image is currently available

L28016
Festival

’86 Power Trax

Various

Sorry No image is currently available

L28017
Festival

Inspiration ’86

Various

Sorry No image is currently available

RML50011
Festival

Hit City 1987

Various

1987

 

 

 

Notes

Festival was one the major record companies in Australia. Established in 1952-3 by finance company Mainguard. Depending on sources, the company either bought an existing record plant Microgroove Australia or bought Precision Engineering Australia and two 10″ presses that were in being held unclaimed in a bond store on Sydney’s docks. Either way, Mainguard sent John Delhunty overseas with the aim of getting licence arrangements with independent companies. He reported returned with the rights to American and European labels including Remington, Savoy, Westminster, Regent, Atlantic, Vox and Metronome. Offices were established in the former Smiths Weekly magazine building in Sydney.

Although struggling at first, they had success when they recorded covers of overseas hits. They wisely snapped up Bill Haley’s Rock Around The Clock that had been rejected by EMI. In financial trouble Mainguard reportedly syphoned off all the profits from Festival. Unable to sign the acts they wanted, founding staff such as Les Welch resigned. The company was sold to Real Estate magnate L.J. Hooker in 1957.

This was not the end of the company’s woes. It was poorly managed and lacked major international acts as draw cards. It was on sold to Rupert Murdoch’s New Limited in early 1960.

One of the early staff at Festival was Bruce Gyngell. Gyngell left Festival to help setup TCN Nine television in Sydney in 1956. As a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Limited (who wasn’t allowed to own television due to his newspaper interests) Festival was keen to promote his artists on the relatively new medium. The links Gyngell had to both Festival and TCN 9 paved the way. In the early 1960s Festival did a number of tie-ins with other brands. In particular television programs that came out of TCN Nine in Sydney such as Brian Henderson’s Bandstand were a showcase for Festival artists. A few years later the Johnny O’Keefe shows on ATN Seven got the same treatment. By the late 1960s and early 1970s the it was the ATV0 (now TEN) shows from Melbourne such as Happening, Uptight, and Young Talent Time. Festival also did tie-ins with music magazines such as Everybody’s.

While their compilations date back to the 1950s, it is the 1960s issues that can command very big prices as by that stage Festival was signing some of the biggest Australian acts. They were also pressing and distributing some of the bigger independent record labels such as Action, ATA, Billings Gate, Clarion, Downunder, Du Monde Kommotion, Leedon, Mushroom, Rex, Spin, Sunshine, Violet’s Holiday. Most of the labels had compilations issued.

As with all early compilations, the early records are Mono, even if the albums were Stereo. This is because the compilations generally have the radio edits, and these were what were released on the 7 inch singles that were exclusively Mono until the early 1970s. Towards the end of the 1960s some compilations were released in stereo. These have an ‘S’ in the serial number – although many of the tracks still seem to be mono.

To get some sense of the scale of Festival you only need to look at the number of presses in operation. There were 26 of them producing about 900 records each day. That’s around 6.5 million discs per year.

More information on Festival is available at the Milesago site.

Calendar

Calendar was Festival’s budget label in much the same way that EMI had Axis. Most of the Calendar releases were either reissues of previous Festival albums or lesser known overseas artists. Most cover work hid the original label details (sometimes with a black Texta line!). Most Calendar records have a "removable" sticker that was generally not removed – doing so now will probably rip the cover… It is not thought that any artist recorded directly on Calendar. Some issues have a combination of label information. 12 X 12 for instance has the pink Infinity label (Infinity was Festivals "progressive" imprint), but is numbered in the R66 series and has a small Calendar Records logo on the cover. It appears that Festival moved its compilations to Calendar around the time that Majestic started ramping up, and CBS became a greater threat with it’s compilations. Calendar faded away by the mid seventies with Festival again becoming the main moniker. Until a few years ago it didn’t really matter whether you had the original or the Calendar reissue. Given equal condition they were worth about the same. Today the originals are usually worth substantially more than the reissues.

More information on Calendar is available at the Milesago site.

Festival also put out a number of compilations for the labels it distributed such as Spin and Sunshine, as well as for some of their overseas sources. Usually the track listing and cover art are the same their overseas sources, but there are some notable exceptions such as the Island Records sampler Bumpers that has a unique to Australia track listing.

This is not currently a complete listing. It contains what is in my collection plus information from rear covers and only includes compilations that have Australian artists. Listing order is by MX number when known, the original xL (FL, EL, QL) prefix is used where possible and the R66 number is also listed when the record was reissued or issued on the Calendar imprint.

(Please note: Inside flip back and double record images will come as I get time to photograph them, and some the front covers will be redone. Enjoy.)

More images to come…