BERWICK STREET CELEBRATES RECORD STORE DAY WITH FREE MUSIC FESTIVAL
SATURDAY 18 APRIL, 12 – 6pm
Berwick Street, Soho will be transformed into a mini music festival for the Record Store Day to celebrate the culture of independent records stores in and around Berwick Street.
On Saturday 18th April a stage will host live music performances from acclaimed and emerging artists throughout the day.Showcasing a range of music talent, respected artists in the vinyl industry will come together to not only celebrate Record Store Day 2015 with exclusive 20 minute sets but also to celebrate and support Soho’s bustling creative scene.
All five independent record stores around Berwick Street are joining forces along with the shops, restaurants and the market to celebrate the day and their love of music. "Vinyl records are the lifeblood of our street and we are proud to be part of Record Store Day” says Phil Barton, Owner of Sister Ray.
Berwick Street has been a destination for vinyl record collectors since the 1980s when it became known as ‘The Golden Mile of Vinyl’. This corner of Soho is still home to central London’s largest concentration of thriving independent record shops; Sister Ray, Reckless Records, and The Music and Video Exchange as well as Sounds of the Universe around the corner on Broadwick Street and Phonica on Poland Street.
Berwick Street is a thriving and vibrant part of Soho and attracts some of the best independent fashion and lifestyle shops, restaurants and bars, alongside its famous fabric shops and fruit and food market. Many of Berwick Streets established retailers are getting involved in Record Store Day with DJs, social media offers, discounts and celebrations in-store at Universal Works, Blanchette, Underground, Oliver Spencer, Nudie Jeans and introducing Crosstown Donuts.
Berwick Street has a strong music heritage. It was the location for the cover shoot of the 1995 Oasis album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ (as seen in the window of Reckless Records). Ian Brown cycled backwards down Berwick Street in the music video for F.E.A.R. and T-Rex front man Marc Bolan worked on his mum’s stall on Berwick Street market in the 1960s.*
Record store owners including Phil Barton, owner of Sister Ray.
Notes to Editors
The newly refurbished Berwick Street Market will be open offering great street food concepts including Savage Salads, Subcult, Freebird Burritos and Jerusalem Falafel.
Berwick Street is also home to a selection of London’s newest destination restaurants, you can book a table for dinner and a drink to finish off the day in style. Polpetto is the newest addition to the Berwick community at which Soho-girl Florence Knight is the executive head chef. Polpetto serves small plates of classic Venetian dishes, and features an aperitivo bar with an open kitchen. Ember Yard takes inspiration from Spanish and Italian methods of cooking over charcoal in a relaxed tapas style sharing environment. Finally Parisian-style bistro Blanchette on D’Arblay Street serves French sharing plates with a modern twist. Perfect for that post party meal with friends.