Record Store Day is a massive, loud and proud celebration of the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores. On the 21st April over 200 record shops across the UK will be selling exclusive releases, putting on live artist performances, hosting free giveaways and much, much more.
With that in mind, here’s a quick rundown of a few top events worth checking out.
Rough Trade East, London
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One of the most recognisable record shops in the UK. To celebrate this year’s Record Store Day, Rough Trade East will have over 500 exclusive, in store only releases and DJ sets from the likes of Tim Burgess, Dave Haslam and James Lavelle, among many others. Doors open at 8am.
81 Renshaw, Liverpool
81 Renshaw is a great little spot. Aside from its record store you’ll also find a bar and a live music venue. Speaking of which, they have an ace lineup sorted for the 21st in the form of Lo-Five, Kieran Mahon, Seafoam Green and Thom Moorcroft. They’ll also have a few special offers for their first 40 customers, so get there early.
Diverse Music, Newport
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Bit of a different one this. Diverse Music are organising a free, multi-venue celebration across Newport city centre. Acts will be coming from as far and wide as the US, Nottingham, Bristol and, even Newport itself. Artists will start taking to the various stages after 4.30pm, so drop into the shop beforehand for details.
Armagh Music, Armagh
If you’re in Northern Ireland on Record Store Day then head to Armagh Music. Open from 9am, they’re putting on free tea and coffee for the first 100 customers and loads of giveaways including tote bags, badges, CDs and cushions! Live music will also be supplied by Plague Artists and a vinyl set from DJ Chill.
Badlands Records, Cheltenham
Instagram – @badlandrecordstore
Fancy a street party with cake and food stalls, 100s of exclusive releases and a set by an Elvis tribute covering classics by the likes of Led Zeppelin, Bowie, Springsteen and more? Then Badlands is the one. There’ll also be a performance from Bennett Wilson Poole. The live music all kicks off from 7pm at Smokey Joe’s and tickets can be purchased at www.badlands.co.uk/Gigs
House Of Martin, Kent
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House Of Martin are hosting a very special live acoustic session by indie legend Pete Wilkinson, a former member of Cast, Shack, Echo and The Bunnymen and Aviator. HOM will also be slashing 10% off clothing brands and the first 50 vinyl hunters through the door will get a free, limited edition tote bag.
Want to find out more about events near you? Visit the Record Store Day official website.