Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion.
On Saturday we experienced Record Store Day 2018 at our local independent retailer, Record Corner in Godalming, with crowds queuing around the block from 4.30 in the morning to get that special limited edition vinyl. The best day of shopping for audiophiles and music-lovers!
Hundreds of record labels came forward with exclusive releases of new and classic singles, albums and soundtracks on vinyl, cassette and beyond – in a bid to support and celebrate the UK’s best independent record stores. This year, over 240 shops participated across the country, marking the highest ever.
Among the hundreds of one-off releases, some of the most in-demand items were set to be previously unreleased records by David Bowie, a recording of The National playing ‘Boxer’ live in full in Brussels, a 20th anniversary reissue of Suede’s self-titled album on silver vinyl, The Maccabees ‘Wall Of Arms’ on picture disc, and many more new exclusives from the likes of Madonna, The Cure, Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Sigrid, Abba, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Courtney Barnett, The Courteeners, Rage Against The Machine, and Joy Division under their original name of ‘Warsaw’.
With a limit to the numbers allowed into the shop, as well as the number of purchases per visit, some audiophiles re-joined the queue up to 5 times to get their list complete, with more arriving after visiting other local branches later in the morning.
A great day for local independent record shops!