I, like many other music fans will be standing outside an independent record store (in my case Rapture Records in Witney) this Saturday at 8am clutching a shopping list of “wants” and “needs” in my sweaty hands.

Yes its that time of year again for Record Store Day UK – a fantastic day out for music fans and an opportunity to support the shops that have soldiered on through this century of downloads.

The main event is the exclusive vinyl and CD releases that go on sale for that day only. Most shops worth their salt go the extra mile and lay on various promotional events throughout the day that include live performances, meet & greets with artists, DJs, in-store quizzes and much more. It really is a fantastic day out – only marred by the fact that the one record you desperately want is selling on ebay within minutes of release at three times the price. The organisers have tried to stop that happening as much as possible but realistically you’re always going to get mercenary people sniffing out ways for an easy profit but let’s just not let them spoil what is otherwise a superb event across the country.

For the exclusive product list and stores participating go to http://recordstoreday.co.uk/

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Personally I’ll be going for the !!! 12″, Amorphous Androgynous double LP (last year’s release was immense!!), Roxy Music 10″, Grace Jones/Larry Levan 12″, ace new band Jagaara 7″ and the Soul Jazz Records Presents Down Beat Special 7″ box set.

Check out Jagaara Record Store Day release “In the Dark” – they are set to be huge and will be playing numerous festivals over the Summer including The Great Escape, Bestival and Secret Garden Party

 

 

Ian Light

TSG Senior Music Programmer

Twitter tags: @RecordStoreDay @RSDUK #RSD15