This Saturday, music lovers and particularly, vinyl lovers, will be queued from the early hours – some maybe even from the night before – outside their favourite musical mecca (record shop) to try and bag themselves some rare pieces of music. Yes, it’s Record Store Day 2019. Our Head of Music, Nick Bewes, looks at the history of the event and shares his tips for this year…
This is the day that independent record shops across the UK, and around the world, celebrate their shared love of records. There are hundreds of special releases from new acts, as well as recognised “superstars”.
It began in 2008, when there were just 10 special releases, and only 9 record stores in the UK took part, including the legendary Leeds shop, Jumbo Records. I’ve visited Jumbo on many occasions over the decades and it’s a special place, but on Record Store Day it’s even better. Everyone in the queue is there for the same reason, to buy some vinyl. People chat while waiting and it can be quite a wait! There’s usually some live performances as well to keep you entertained.
Check out the list of this year’s releases here https://recordstoreday.co.uk/releases/rsd-2019/. In my experience, I would choose your ‘A List’ of tracks you want, then a ‘B List’, because unless you are very, very lucky, you unfortunately won’t always get everything you want. The last time I went, I didn’t get any of my first choices, but still bagged some great releases!
In true ‘High Fidelity’ style, here are my top 3 record shops to visit this Saturday (or any time to be honest) to experience Record Store Day at its best….
1 – Jumbo Records, Leeds
I’ve been spending money at this shop for 30 years, on and off. On Saturday, there’s live music from the brilliant Talkboy and Bang Bang Romeo.
2 – Loafers Vinyl, Halifax
A new entry from this shop in the beautiful surroundings of Piece Hall in Halifax. It’s got a really cool vibe, but don’t take my word for it. They have just won the Yorkshire Choice Award for New Starter Business of the Year. They have live music from Steve Pilgrim of Paul Weller’s band on Saturday.
3 – Piccadilly Records, Manchester
Another of the original UK stores to take part back in 2008, this is a great shop with a well-earned reputation. It was even featured in the last series of ITV’s Cold Feet. On Saturday, they have DJ sets from Tim Burgess of The Charlatans and A Man Called Adam.
Hope you all enjoy the day!
Nick Bewes – Head of Music