Vinyl makes comeback in suburban Melbourne

Benita Kolovos

Australia will again make vinyl music with the nation's first modern record press on track to open after a production hiatus of more than 30 years.

The new plant is due to start operations in the Melbourne's northern suburbs early next year and will double as an event space, hosting launches and other musical acts.

"We want to make great records, support the Australian music scene and have fun along the way," Program Records spokesman Steve Lynch said.

The news comes just weeks after Sony's decision to restart production of vinyl records due to growing worldwide demand.

A whopping $15.1 million worth of records were sold across the country last year, up 70 per cent on the previous year, figures from the Australian Recording Industry Association show.

It was the sixth consecutive year that the industry recorded an increase in the demand for vinyl.