Company Festival Records Pty Ltd

History

Festival Records Pty. Ltd. was formed in Australia in 1952 and operated
until it merged with Mushroom Records to become Festival Mushroom
Records (commonly known as FMR) in 1998.

Companies

Festival Records Pty. Ltd. operated in Australia and Festival Records NZ
Ltd. in New Zealand. Another branch was set up in London.

Another wing of the company, was Festival Records Retail Marketing Ltd.
Releases on this "sub-label" had a different cat# sequence. Originally
at discogs they were on the same page as Festival Records, until (a
release was added that had cat# for
both
). Was operational from
about 1982 through to the late 80s, possibly even into the 90s. Seems
like it was possibly mainly involved in distribution/promotion.

Catalogue# Patterns

On Discogs all the Festival cat#s have been standardised. Some appeared
with hyphens in them and some didn't. With Discogs lacking a cat#
sorting system, it was standardised so it would sort correctly.

The oldest Festival releases in the database are the CFR series. CFR
12-### denotes 12" LP, CFR 10-### denotes 10" LP.

Next came the series starting with (S)FK for 7" and (S)FL ###,###
for LPs. The S was used to denote the stereo version, and the version
with out the S was in mono. There was also a series of LPs licenced from
A&M, (S)AML ###,###.

Eventually the S and F were dropped, in the 1970s, becoming K ####
for 7" and L ##,### for LPs. The comma was soon dropped from the L
series also. When 12" singles were introduced the series for them was X
#####. For cassettes it was C ###### and for CDs D
#####. Some promo vinyls were released with cat# starting with
PRX.

Also on the label of vinyl, was a number starting with MX or SMX, and
this will almost definitely be in the run-off groove. This is the record
pressing matrix number (different number on each side).

Most releases licenced from other labels will also have the original
cat# that it was released under, which will appear in brackets under
the Festival cat#

Festival Records Retail Marketing Ltd releases were prefixed with RM. So
therefore RML ##### for LPs, RMD ##### for CDs, and RMC
##### for cassettes.

Labels released by Festival companies

Own Labels

Licensed Labels

Manufacturing, Marketing and Distribution for Indy Labels

Note that many releases bear a standard cat# associated with the label
and an additional Festival cat#.

Errors and problems at Discogs

Mislabeling

Many releases made/manufactured/marketed/distributed/licensed by the
Festival companies are mislabeled as Label-Festival Records releases.

Grouped Releases

Different pressings by the Festival Record companies are grouped
together, and often the "Australia & New Zealand" country option is used
on these releases. However if the master release function comes into
being maybe people will want to be able to differentiate their copies.