5th March, 6pm, London: The wait is over for Record Store Day to reveal the list of exclusive vinyl records that will be released on Saturday 18th April!
Record Store Day is the annual event that celebrates the culture of independent record shops. It unites music fans up and down the UK and encourages people to discover their local store.
The renowned ‘list launch’ is a staple of Record Store Day’s celebrations as hundreds of record labels and artists come together to create special, rare and limited-edition releases that are exclusive to participating retailers.
So without further ado we are excited to bring you the full list of official releases [or you can find them all listed via the homepage on this website]
The release list this year includes specially created products from the likes of Christine and the Queens, Charli XCX and Tom Grennan to Paul McCartney, Primal Scream and My Chemical Romance. These will be made available over the counter only from participating shops with queues expected to start from the early hours.
Ashli Green from David’s Music in Letchworth and on the Record Store Day board of organisers said:
“It’s another huge year with a great and eclectic mix of releases for all record shops to get stuck into! I'm particularly looking forward to Snapped Ankle's "21 Metres to Hebden Bridge” and the Christine and the Queens 7" release, "La Vita Nuova: Sequences 2 et 3”. Biffy Clyro's 7" featuring their versions of Frightened Rabbits' "Modern Leper" and David Bowie's "Modern Love" is definitely going on my wish list too; two fantastic songs that will not only tide us over as we patiently wait for the new Biffy album but which also supports the 'Tiny Changes' mental health charity set up in memory of the great Scott Hutchison. An exciting year for new and interesting music which will no doubt offer something special for everyone”
There are also a number of highly in demand reissues to add to the wishlist from the likes of Tyler the Creator’s Cherry Bomb and Soft Cell’s Mutant Moments “There’s a really nice mix of reissues that I’m sure will be in high demand this year! The ones that stand out to me are Soft Cell’s Mutant Moments 10” as it was privately pressed originally 1980 in a tiny quantity and has always been in very high demand. It’s been bootlegged many times but is now getting its official reissue! I’m also excited for Pluto- Journey’s End. It’s amazing that this release has been found as its their notorious unreleased second album. A complete must have for the 70s prog/ blues/ hard rock scene. This are the kind of releases that Record Store Day is all about!”
The countdown to Record Store Day is being celebrated at a launch event this afternoon [5th March] with the 2020 ambassadors The Big Moon. They will be taking on the ultimate challenge of recording their release live and direct to vinyl at Metropolis Studios. The result will be a 3 track single available from participating shops on the main day itself.
Celia from The Big Moon said of this role “We’ve played in lots of excellent shops up and down the country and met wonderful people every time, from the people who work there and organise events to the generous souls who have parted with their money and time and bought our records, come to see us play intimate shows and just generally made us feel like what we’re doing is sometimes worthwhile. As we become more and more aware of the toxicity of spending the majority of your life online it’s important that we protect these physical communal spaces and make sure they feel accessible and welcoming to all. Support your local record store!"
2020 marks the 13th year of Record Store Day which has been recognised as the catalyst behind the ‘vinyl revival’ which has seen vinyl sales grow to almost £100m a year. Over 230 independent shops from every corner of the UK will be taking part in the celebrations as they put on live in-store performances, mini street festivals and entertainment for both loyal and new customers throughout the day. It’s the one day of the year for people to come together and shine a light on the cultural importance of keeping record stores and vinyl alive.