What is it we all love about vinyl? The sound quality, the cover art, the nostalgia? Or simply the pleasure of watching that record spin and when the time comes to flip it over. The experience is so important, and an integral part of that is the ritualistic visit to your favourite record shop. The original idea for Record Store Day came about in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores. On this day stores around the world come together with musicians to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day, and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. “Record Store Day is a welcome reminder of the quirkiness, the passion and the individuality of the indie record shop.” Spencer Hickman To celebrate this year over 450 limited edition records will hit the shelves of independent shops across the UK on Saturday including music from the likes of David Bowie, Pulp, Paul Weller and Nick Cave. As well as this, many local shops will be hosting special events and live performances over the weekend. Click here for the list of participating shops and events in your area and support your local record store.
"It’s great to do a record that’s released specifically for Record Store Day. There's so few record shops left that we should all treasure those remaining." Hear! Hear! Paul Weller.