Record Store Day taking place April 13th this year
LPs, EPs, singles, picture discs, gatefold albums … vinyl counter-culture lives on at the 12th annual Record Store Day.
Record Store Day, the annual rallying cry for vinyl enthusiasts worldwide, takes place on Saturday 13th April this year.Now in its 12th year, the event began as a way of bringing disparate record shop owners together to find strength and purpose in numbers, if only for a single day each year. This day of unification helps create a brand awareness for vinyl and also provides an incentive for vinyl fans to return to the birthing pool from whence their obsession stemmed.
Indeed, some younger music lovers may not even be aware of the joy of browsing in person through thousands of creative album covers waiting for one to jump out at you for reasons known only to your lizard brain. Once the album is in your hands a quick check of the band’s image, the song titles and the producer will start to give you an inkling if it might be in your wheelhouse. After that, listening to a couple of tracks courtesy of a sympathetic store manager will confirm or deny your initial gut feeling - either ‘nope, not for me’ or ‘Jeez, how come I’ve never heard of this lot before!?’
It’s very much a dopamine fueled experience knowing that somewhere in the thousands of offerings there could be a nugget of gold ready to be mined - and quickly too, there are other prospectors hunting for that precious metal too!
To further entice enthusiasts to get ‘hands on’ at the 240 or so independent record shops taking part across the UK, special vinyl re-releases and first releases are created each year, especially for the day. This year, anything from Ace Frehley to X-Ray Spex could be on offer. These are only available at the stores if you turn up in person - although it should be noted that not all participating stores will have all the offers available. To check this year’s Record Store Day exclusives, check the list on the RSD website.
Additionally, some stores may have live performances from various artists and a general party atmosphere is promised at most venues, so a unique experience (for first timers) or a comforting reminder of what has gone before (for old timers) is on offer if you can make it to your local emporium.
Rega continue to be the official hardware partner of the event (a role they have had since 2015) and they celebrate by pitching in with a limited edition release of one of their turntables.
The 2019 Rega offer is a limited edition custom Planar 1 Plus model, of which there are only 500 available from participating stores and Rega dealers. The price is £299, which is actually £30 less than the original asking price of £329. The custom made slipmat features a design by Chris White who has previously put together tour posters and merch for the likes of Metallica and Florence + The Machine.
The deck itself comes with a moving magnet phono stage allowing you to connect to any amplifier or active speakers and it distinguishes itself by being one of the easiest turntables on the market to setup - and they will no doubt go very quickly once the day gets underway.
Moreover, 125 lucky recipients will also be in with a chance of walking away with additional goodies. Inside 1 in 4 of the decks will be a hidden bonus item, meaning each purchaser has a chance of winning a prize which includes the following:
• 2x tickets to the 2019 Mercury Prize.
• Record Tokens worth £25
• Signed posters by Ian Brown, Fun Lovin Criminals, Orbital, Brett Anderson, Hank Marvin, Chris Difford, Bill Wyman.
• Signed records by, Tom Walker, Sundara Karma, KT Tunstall.
….. and more.
Simon Webster, Sales and Marketing co-ordinator for Rega Research, said, “We are very proud to be sponsors of Record Store Day UK once again. It really is a match made in heaven. We share the same important goal, to get as many customers to support their independent record shops and most of all to enjoy the music!"
Rachel Lowe, of Brighton store Vinyl Revolution who took part for the first time last year, said:
“Our first Record Store Day exceeded all expectations. It was the best day we’ve had since opening and was terrific fun.” She went on to say, ”We opened our door to a long queue of regular customers but the day’s events attracted a ton of new customers too. Our youngest first-time record buyers were aged four and six. The revenue from Record Store Day will help our young shop immensely but the publicity and goodwill will last much longer. A fabulous day. Roll on next year!”
Why not get along to you nearest record store on the 13th April, have a browse and maybe pick up something special and, in doing so, support those who endeavour to make music purchasing a rewarding up-close and personal experience.
For a more in depth look at the inception and rationale behind Record Store Day, check out our article here.
The list of this year’s exclusive vinyl releases can be found on the Record Store Day website, including cover art, here, or as a pdf, here, for more speedy perusal.
Participating stores can be found on the Record Store Day website here:
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