Record Store Day partners with Help Musicians UK as official charity partner
The View and Ciaran Lavery launch partnership in stores in Head, Belfast, and Assai Records, Dundee
Record Store Day releases to be revealed on 21st March at 6pm
10th March 2017: Help Musicians UK (HMUK), the country’s leading independent music charity, has been named the official charity partner of Record Store Day 2017.
Record Store Day participating artists will be performing in stores in Dundee and Belfast on the evening of the 21st March to kick off the partnership.
Richard Robinson, Chief Executive of HMUK said: “We’re thrilled to partner with Record Store Day in such a milestone year for the event—its 10th birthday. We encourage everyone across the UK to get involved this year. Visit a store, embrace the unique culture, and donate to the work that HMUK is doing to support musicians and those in the industry at every stage in their career. Record Store Day is a powerful reminder to value our musicians so that they can continue to thrive.”
Ciaran Lavery, fast becoming one of Ireland’s most in demand exports, will be performing an intimate set at the iconic ‘Head’ record store in Belfast.
Over in Dundee, local indie-rockers The View will be drawing in crowds at ‘Assai Records’. Access to each gig is free and all donations to Help Musicians are welcome.
The 21st March also marks the night of the Record Store Day product list reveal – so attendees can expect a very celebratory party atmosphere as this year’s releases are announced. Stores all over the country will also be holding events to mark the occasion.
Megan Page, Coordinator of Record Store Day in the UK, said “we are delighted to be able to support HMUK and all the great work that they do in the music industry with this partnership. Record Store Day exists to celebrate independent culture and to bring artists and communities together – these launch events do exactly that.”
Head Belfast: Unit 28 Castle Court Shopping Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 1DD
Assai Records: 241 / 243 King St, Dundee DD5 2AX
About Help Musicians UK
HMUK is the leading independent charity for musicians. For the last 96 years, we have helped thousands of musicians establish themselves in the music business, get through a serious crisis, cope with long-term difficulties and enjoy retirement. We are proud to invest in outstanding talent and help artists take their career to the next level. helpmusicians.org.uk
About The View
2007 was the year The View stormed the UK music scene and went straight in at number 1 with Mercury award nomination album Hat's Off to the Buskers. 10 Years later and 4 more studio albums released The View are very much here to stay.
About Ciaran Lavery
In 2014, Lavery’s Kosher EP and Not Nearly Dark album went global, with the tracks ‘Shame’ and ‘Left For America’ leading the charge racking up more than 60 million listens on the Spotify streaming service and inspiring a raft of renditions from other countries. The plaudits kept coming in 2015, with the release of Sea Legs, a mini-album on which Lavery collaborated with electronica artist Ryan Vail, winning them a nomination for best album at the Northern Irish Music Prize.
In 2016 his sophomore album “Let Bad In “, won the Northern Ireland music prize
Fast becoming one of Ireland’s most in demand exports, Ciaran has appeared on German radio and television, Spotify television in USA and was selected to play at Willie Nelson’s BBQ at Luck Ranch in Texas by the man himself.
In 2017 Lavery is set to release his third studio album with his biggest tour to date taking in most of Europe, the UK, US, Ireland and Canada
About Record Store Day UK
Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar.
Although there’s only one Record Store Day a year, we also work throughout the year to celebrate our independent record stores by spotlighting exclusive releases, events and special news.