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Record shops across the UK get ready for first Record Store Day 'Drop on 29th August

Pink Floyd, The Big Moon, J Hus and hundreds more to release special edition vinyl product Shops prepare with bookable slots, socially distanced queues and a one-off move to same-day 6pm online sales.


(Monorail Music / Wilderness Record Store) 

10th August: A newly adapted version of Record Store Day will return on Saturday 29th August in what will be the first of three “Drops” that celebrates independent record stores.  

Superstar artists from the likes of Pink Floyd, The Cure and The Kinks to Christine and the Queens, J Hus and The Big Moon are scheduled to take part with limited-edition releases. The Weeknd and Working Men’s Club have also come on board in a bid to support the UK’s record retailers.

The annual celebration known for its in-store parties, live performances and very limited vinyl releases was originally scheduled to take place on 18th April. However, like many music events, organisers were forced to call off the party in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, Record Store Day has since gone back to the drawing board and created a series of “RSD Drops” to accommodate the new social distancing guidelines.

Whilst the live music and in-store parties will remain off the cards, the list of limited-edition releases will be made available from participating shops on one of the 3 Drop Dates: 29th August, 26th September and 24th October.

Music fans are encouraged to use the Record Store Day store locator from the 14th August to find out how their shop plans to open. This will range from offering bookable time slots 1 week in advance on a first come first served basis and/ or operating socially distanced queues.

For those customers who do not wish to visit in-store, for one year only, Record Store Day will relax online sales so that product can be made available on participating shop websites or over the phone from 6pm on the evening of each Drop.

Natasha Youngs, owner of Resident Music in Brighton said "We may not be partying this year but we're still determined to make sure we celebrate the artists and labels that have made special releases available for our event. Getting them into the hands of the fans safely and sensibly is our top priority this year. We will be operating a socially distanced queue and will be serving from 8am. With the releases being made available online at 6pm the same evening, customers who would rather not visit the shop in person can choose to order them online in the evening instead. They can then collect their records from the shop at a later date or have them posted to their door. We'll focus on being able to organise another exciting event next year when things can hopefully return a little more to normal."

Record Store Day is widely credited as the catalyst behind the vinyl revival and is recognised as the biggest trading day of the year for many independent record stores. It is often quoted as being bigger than Christmas for the participating small businesses; selling more than 100k LPs and 30k singles on one weekend alone.

More than 230 independent shops faced huge uncertainty with the postponement of this year’s event alongside the nationwide closure of all retail outlets. Many are hoping that the first instalment of the RSD Drops will provide a much-needed sales boost in order to get them back on the road to recovery.

Warren Alsop, owner of Slide Record Shop that opened in Bedford in 2017 said “When lockdown happened we had to shut both our physical and online shop while we figured out how to operate safely. After a lot of talking, researching and seeking advice we’ve now re-opened and we’ll be operating a queue with bookable slots on RSD so we can serve our amazing customers safely. It’s a wonderful day to celebrate music and artists as well as a great boost to a small business like ours”

Record Store Day is also proud to continue its partnership with War Child with the release of three very special and limited edition titles. U2, Manic Street Preachers and David Bowie will each donate £1 of every sale to the charity in a bit to raise more than £10k.