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Record Store Day postponed until June 20th

Is eight weeks enough?

by Andy Bassett
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Record Store Day postponed until June 20th

Record Store Day, the annual event that vinyl enthusiasts worldwide look forward to, has been postponed due to concerns over coronavirus.

The organizers behind the increasingly popular global event that brings vinyl obsessed music fans together has announced that Record Store Day 2020 will move from its originally intended slot on April 18th and will now take place on June 20th 2020.

Citing concerns over the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak on attendees packed into hundreds of small record shops around the world, the decision was made to postpone the event.

The press release is quoted below:


"Record Store Day is a worldwide event involving thousands of people and small businesses—In our discussions over the last few weeks, as information came and changed daily, and then hourly, we’ve taken all of them into consideration as we go over various options: Stay the course. Move the date. Change the structure of the event.  No one knows what things will look like in any given place in the next five weeks, and decisions for that time period need to be made now, using current facts. 

"There is no perfect solution. There is no easy answer. We’ve decided that the best of all possible moves is to change the date of Record Store Day this year to Saturday, June 20.

"We think this gives stores around the world the best chance to have a profitable, successful Record Store Day, while taking into consideration the recommendations of doctors, scientists, the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the need to be good citizens of both local and worldwide communities.  

"We’re working with all of our partners and our stores to make this change as smooth as possible for everyone who participates in Record Store Day: customers, record stores, artists, labels and more.  Record Store Day is everywhere and we want to hold our party when everyone can gather around safely to celebrate life, art, music and the culture of the indie record store.


With so many stakeholders invested in events, the juggling act around these sorts discussions is understandably challenging, so to move the date and allow music fans and small businesses to still participate and enjoy Record Store Day 2020 is admirable. 

Here’s hoping an eight week gap is enough time for coronavirus to no longer be disrupting popular events.

Source: Press Release
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