Record Store Day is the one event during 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.
Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar. The first Record Store Day was officially kicked off by Metallica in San Francisco in 2008 and is now held every third Saturday in April.
Red House Records, based at Holmes Music in Faringdon Road, is hosting its third Record Store Day in Swindon. The date for this is Saturday April 16, and they will open at 8am.
“With the hundreds of titles now being released for every RSD, we started our first year very cautiously and stocked a smaller selection. As we are now on our third RSD experience, we are pushing the boat out further then ever before. We have had many requests in from customers for the titles being released this year, so we have made sure that we will have what people want.
Record collecting has always been popular, but it has seen a massive resurge recently with vinyl becoming such big news again. The releases for RSD are pressed just for the event and in relatively small quantities. People are so keen to get their hands on some titles that last year we had customers queuing at 5am.
We have teamed up with our friends at Darkroom Espresso, just a few doors away. We are having a preview evening there on Thursday 14th April. We tried this the year before and it was a really great event, very informal. Just chatting to people about music while listening to some of the RSD releases with the help of some lovely equipment provided by Audio T.
Darkroom will also be opening extra early on the Saturday morning and offering their superb coffee to any early birds in the queue.
Live music will be provided by at the shop by Universal Recording Artists “Bleeding Heart Pigeons” who are doing a lightning tour of Record shops in the south of England. An Irish band who have been likened to Sonic Youth and Radiohead.
The full details for the whole event, including the list of exclusive RSD releases, can be found on our website www.redhouserecords.co.uk