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What is Record Store Day?

On Saturday 21st April, Record Store Day 2018 celebrates and showcases the independent purveyors of vinyl.

More than 200 record shops from across the UK will mark the day with exclusive vinyl releases, performances and events.

Since debuting in 2007, Record Store Day has paid homage to the culture of vinyl while providing a yearly shot in the arm to the medium’s already impressive recent revival. The artists are well on board, 500 singles, EPs, LPs and cassettes will be released by artists from Abba to Arcade Fire.

There’s no shortage of Record Store Day releases spanning several genres and eras, including new releases and re-issues.

American hip hop duo Run The Jewels have been announced as ambassadors for Record Store Day this year, and they will be chipping in with a deluxe edition box set featuring their third album and a new 12-inch single of remixes and new material.

Genre forefathers Cypress Hill will drop a Black Sunday Remixes LP, featuring new material that celebrates the 25th anniversary of the album, while Notorious B.I.G’s Juicy will be released on vinyl for the first time since 1994.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will unleash remixes of It’s A Beautiful World on 12-inch monochrome vinyl, while Tom Waits unveils his ‘Orphans’ collection, featuring ‘Brawlers’, ‘Bastards’ and ‘Bawlers’ on blue, grey and red vinyl respectively.

In recent years, Record Store Day has provided a platform for new artists to reach bigger audiences, but it’s also the domain of legends like David Bowie, whose self-titled album and previous unreleased singles will be posthumously published.

2018 will also see Prince’s 1999 land on vinyl for the first time since 1983, but let’s not get bogged down with years; we guarantee you’ll lay ears on something you love.

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Of course, Record Store Day is about a lot more than just special releases, and there’s lots happening that won’t saddle you with a satchel full of vinyl.

Vinyl Revolution in Brighton will host a string of live performances throughout the day, inside and outside the shop, and they’re throwing a street party for good measure.

There’ll be live sets at Jumbo Records in Leeds and at Piccadilly Records in Manchester, while Banquet Records in London SW will welcome American alt rock heavyweights AWOLNATION, who will also drop their new Live in Vienna 7-inch.

Spillers in Cardiff will celebrate Record Store Day with DJ sets and live music throughout the day, while The Drift Record Shop in Totnes, about half-way between Plymouth and Exeter, is also a great idea if you’re prepared for the drive down.

Drift’s Record Store Day get-togethers are legendary, with music fans often queuing through the night to get in.

Elsewhere, Probe Records in Liverpool, Monorail Music in Glasgow and Rockaboom in Leicester will also have you covered on RSD 2018 if you’re local.

Finally, who could forget Rough Trade Records in London. Who will have a selection of Bands and DJ’s playing live all day in their East Store.

This is just a snapshot of all the things that are happening this Record Store Day, so keep your eyes open as more stores confirm their plans - whether you’re a discerning collector or just tired of tapping buttons on Spotify.

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