Ten years ago vinyl was on the way out and the march towards digital streaming led many to believe it was the end of the road for the 100-year-old format.
Record Store Day has been well recognised as the catalyst behind the vinyl revival. In 2007 when the event began, vinyl album sales amounted to £1.1m, accounting for just 0.2% of the physical albums market. Now, 10 years on, vinyl sales are worth £65.6m, representing 14% of total spend on physical format albums in the UK.
When is Record Store Day?
Record Store Day 2017 takes place on Saturday 22nd April.
What is Record Store Day?
Record Store Day is a celebration of independent record stores. It is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Hundreds of labels and artists celebrate the day by releasing special vinyl products that are exclusive to the participating stores. Many shops and cities also host events and performances to mark the occasion. Although there’s only one Record Store Day a year, we also work throughout the year to celebrate our independent record stores by spotlighting exclusive releases, events and special news. BBC Music are Record Store Day’s official media partner.
The Record Stores
All Record Store Day participating stores can be found on the store locator here.
We’ve picked out our favourite releases for Record Store Day 2017 below:
le soleil est pres de moi
12" Single splatter vinyl / Rhino Records
Penny Lane/ Strawberry Fields Forever
7" / UMC Records
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
POL POT'S PLEASURE PENTHOUSE
2LP / A Recordings
The Chemical Brothers
12" Vinyl / Virgin EMI
2LP / UMC/Polydor UK
Limited (15k) 1 x 180g 12" Black vinyl album. One sided. In a box with 5 Bowie prints / Parlophone
Live At the Matrix '67
12" Vinyl / Rhino Records
The Flaming Lips
Onboard the International Space Station Concert for Peace
LP / Bella Union
Post Pop Depression: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
3 LP / Caroline Records
12" Vinyl / First International / Ignition Records
2 LP / UMC / Polydor UK
I Want You Back Again
7" Vinyl / BMG US