Record Store Day 2018 to take place on Saturday 21st April
UK partners with Rega Research, Sound Performance, Friels Cider, and Fred Perry
9th January 2018, London: The 11th Record Store Day will take place on Saturday 21st April 2018.
Over the last 10 years, the event has become one of the most eagerly anticipated and important events for vinyl fans up and down the country. In 2017, over 500 artists released limited edition vinyl products available exclusively in over 200 participating stores. 2018’s releases are to be revealed in early March.
The success of the event has sparked a huge turnaround in fortunes for the nation’s independent record stores, with new shops opening at nearly one a week since last year’s Record Store Day.
And the vinyl boom continues as the latest industry market statistics from the Entertainment Retailers Association show vinyl sales growing for the10th year by a further 34% in 2017 to a £88m business.
Record Store Day is delighted to reveal the music-loving brands that are supporting the indie record shop community in 2018 are:
Rega Research returns as our Official Turntable and Audio Partner for the 4th year running. Rega will once again be pleasing audiophiles with a one-off design for a limited edition Record Store Day turntable. The turntable will be available exclusively from participating stores with a special surprise for a limited number of buyers.
We are also excited to welcome Sound Performance as our first ever Official Vinyl Manufacturing Partner. Over the coming weeks Record Store Day & Sound Performance will be launching a competition to support the UK’s best unsigned talent. Chris Marksberry, Managing Director of Sound Performance, said, “The re-birth of vinyl has given the music industry a new dynamism and Record Store Day has played a crucial role in bringing the format back. We share the values of Record Store Day and the support they give to independent record stores, record labels and the industry as a whole. We would like to wish Record Store Day and all the UK’s amazing record stores and record labels a successful 2018.”
Friels Cider are supporting this year’s event as our first ever Official Cider Partner and will soon be launching a limited edition promotional can available nationwide. Friels will also be running social competitions and supporting launch parties in record stores around the UK. Keep an eye on the Record Store Day website for more details.
And finally, after the success of the exclusive Fred Perry record bags in 2017 we are delighted to announce they will be returning with all new limited edition tote bags for this year’s event. More Fred Perry activity will also be revealed in due course.
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About our Partners
Since its inception in 1973 Rega’s initial success was built upon award winning tonearms and turntables. However, from the late eighties Rega have been producing complete hi-fi systems including loudspeakers, amplifiers, CD players and DAC’s to name but a few. We currently employ 130 skilled technicians hand-making a vast range of high performance, high quality audio products all delivered with a lifetime warranty and exported to 46 different countries across the globe.
Sound Performance was established in 1994 and is a market leader manufacturing vinyl, CD, box sets, print and packaging for the music industry. Based in Greenwich, London we are proud to work with many of the UK’s leading record labels and bands. We also have an office in New York working with USA record labels for local manufacturing needs. Our group also include The Flood Gallery, the UK’s leading gallery for pop culture art.
Friels first press vintage is the fastest growing craft cider brand in the UK. Every batch of our cider is fermented from 100% fresh pressed British apple juice, without any artificial flavours, colourings or sweeteners.
Fred Perry has always had a unique relationship with music which informs the brand to this day. The iconic Fred Perry shirt has been adopted by British subcultures for over 60 years. We aren’t just about the front man, you’ll see our shirts on the sound engineers and roadies, as well as the fans. It’s also not just one or two types of music – the Fred Perry brand transcends old and new, niche to mainstream.
We’re proud to support the spirit of independence and celebrate the unique culture of vinyl.
Limited edition Fred Perry x Record Store Day tote bags will be distributed across independent record and Fred Perry shops throughout the UK to reward the first people in the queues