The annual day of celebration for the UK’s rich array of independent music stores is almost upon us. With Record Store Day UK (RSD) little over a month away, its organisers have revealed the limited edition releases coming to independent record shops on 21 April.
The list includes special, limited edition records from the likes of AC/DC, Arcade Fire, The Courteeners, The Cure, Cypress Hill, Disturbed, Linkin Park, Mastodon, Motorhead, Nothing But Thieves, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden and many, many more.
A record-breaking 240 shops will be taking part in the 11th edition of RSD UK, and you can find your nearest participating store here. In addition, hundreds of record labels have once again come on board to deliver an array of special vinyl products to celebrate the diverse and unique culture of the UK’s independent record shops. The release list will be supported by in-store parties, events and performances reaching every corner of the UK.
Megan Page, RSD UK Coordinator, told us: “RSD 2017 was the most successful day in its 10-year history as sales increased another 40% year on year, which is fantastic. But it’s just not about sales, more than anything it’s about celebrating the incredible work that goes on behind the counter to pull off such a memorable day. And not just on RSD but every day of the year. RSD is a celebration of the culture of independent record shops and the influence they have on our lives. Long may that continue.”
The team of RSD organisers include Natasha Youngs of Resident Music, Ashlie Green of David’s Music, Jon Tolley of Banquet Records, Alan Jordan of Reflex, Rupert Morrison of Drift and Tony Boothroyd of Vinyl Tap, who have curated their top picks from this year’s exclusive offering.
Jon Tolley, of Banquet Records in Kingston, said: “For us, Record Store Day is actually a month-long affair really. There are so many great releases bringing so many music fans into the store. I really do believe it’s a celebration of not just physical music, but how people buy it! Yes, there’s the people grabbing the classic re-issues from yesteryear, but there are also countless numbers of younger people picking up music from today’s artists. For some it’s their first time in a record shop, for some it might even be their first time picking up a physical release. It’s a unique atmosphere for customers and staff alike, and there’s a real buzz unlike any other time of the year.”
While previous RSD champion and spoken word artist Kate Tempest adds: “It’s important to celebrate independent record stores and to support them and to celebrate the existence of the ones that remain. When you’re looking for a point of contact into music, as a kid especially, these are places where suddenly it becomes real – this imaginary universe you contact when you’re listening to a record. There’s a space where you can go and immerse yourself in all these other potential universes that exist.”
The organisers have also announced 500 limited edition turntables will be available on the day in partnership with Rega Research. It features a high-performance low noise 24v high spec motor driving a precision main bearing and unique white platter, topped with a Rega / RSD themed mat. You’ll also find the award-winning hand-built RB110 tonearm designed to deliver exceptional performance whilst remaining one of the simplest turntables to setup on the market.
This year’s Record Store Day takes place on Saturday 21 April, the official hashtag is #RSD18 and you can follow it on Twitter.
The full list of items available on Record Store Day is available on their website.