Now in its 10th year, the celebration of vinyl records has seen this day become a huge musical event around the UK with independent record shops putting on a day of events, which sees people queuing round the blocks from the early hours for exclusive record releases.
Bowie, who passed away in January 2017, leads the way with four records on the list; his self-titled album, a live album from a 1978 Earls Court performance and a 12in single of demo ‘Let’s Dance,’ will all be available on the day.
Another legend of the music scene who sadly departed in April 2016, Prince, will be releasing 1999, coming out on vinyl for the first time in 33 years.
Also featuring on the list and quite appropriate this year, having a massive sell-out gig to come for the British Summer Time festival and curating this year’s Meltdown Festival on London’s Southbank, is The Cure. Robert Smith’s band are releasing a Cure compilation with 16 new mixes.
Among the 501 special releases for the day is also Madonna – The First Album, a special 1983 Japanese 8-track Picture Disc LP, Arcade Fire’s Special 12in first released as a demo CD in 2003, former One-Direction singer, Niall Horan’s Mirrors EP in black vinyl, and BBC Musician for 2018 winner, Sigrid with her debut 12in EP – Don’t Call My Vibe all feature on the list.
Record Store Day with over 200 shops getting involved – and guranteed live performances by bands and artists on the day – is on Saturday 21 April, for more information on releases and indie record shops taking part go to – www.recordstoreday.co.uk.