Before countless downloads and streaming services, record stores were the centre of the world for music fans. Countless teens poured into music shops every weekend, eager to pick up the next release from their favourite artists, and musicians made their mark on legions of fans.
And this weekend, on April 16, fans will do so again on Record Store Day. Now in its ninth year the day is an annual celebration of enthusiasm for music, which will see more than 200 independent record shops across the country join in.
Many music fans will be able to revisit the places where they used to indulge their hobby, while for others it will be the chance to discover new music and learn about the renewed enthusiasm for vinyl. Record Store Day will also see record labels release limited editions that will be up for grabs at stores across the country.
This year, BBC Music is partnering with Record Store Day UK as the event gears up for its celebration of independent stores and the vinyl format.
What is Record Store Day?
The annual event offers music fans a chance to get back to their independent retailers
The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown and founded in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding more than 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.
The UK quickly followed suit and Record Store Day – celebrated annually on the third Saturday in April – has become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar.
When is Record Store Day?
This year it takes place on Saturday April 16.
What happens on Record Store Day?
Record Store Day is the one day of the year when more than 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture.
Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar.
Kim Bayley, chief executive of the Entertainment Retailers Association, says: “This year’s Record Store Day aims to cater for as many music fans as possible with 230 independent retailers taking part and 250 different labels releasing one-off exclusive vinyl product for the day.”
How many limited edition records are released?
A David Bowie picture disc which is sure to be snapped up on April 16
More than 250 record labels are set to release limited edition vinyls this year. Releases will come from artists including David Bowie, Florence and the Machine and Interpol.
To coincide with these releases a total of 230 record stores will be taking part as music fans hunt for new releases.
So all us ageing hippies can get out there, reminisce about the Saturday mornings visiting our local record shop and then going home clutching several 7 inch singles, the odd EP or if you were flush with money a 12 inch LP. My first LP was the Rolling Stones first album and it cost me 32/6 pence (get your parents to convert if you don’t know the current value). I remember visiting Barry’s Record Rendezvous on Blackfriars Street in Salford every Saturday morning and then returning home with LPs by the likes of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Duke Ellington and Miles Davis……………..ah, those were the days!