Lauren Franceschini

Record Store Day 2016: Where to go for the best of the festivities

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rsd16Saturday April 16th marks the 8th annual Record Store Day. Since the first Record Store Day in San Francisco in 2008 was kicked off by Metallica, Record Store Day has continued to be recognized by hundreds of independent record shops across the UK. Record Store Day is the one day a year dedicated to the celebration of the unique culture of independent record stores. Thousands of shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar. To mark the occasion, special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events. London is no exception to the festivities and we’ve got a rundown of some of the most noteworthy events occurring all over the city. Whether you’re an avid vinyl collector or just want to catch some great live music, be sure to get involved.

West London

In celebrating their 40th year in business, Rough Trade’s original shop on Talbot Road will feature an in-store performance by ex-Sex Pistol, Glen Matlock, Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt, and Suede’s Bernard Butler.

Central London

Soho contains the largest cluster of music shops, and the fun begins at Reckless Records with a music video shoot in need of extras. The Soho Hotel will be hosting a “Pitchblack Playback”, a listening of Ian Brown’s album “Solarized” through a top-end sound system in a darkened room. Aside from Soho, Brill/Clerkenwell Music on Exmouth Market for performances by singer-songwriters L and Charlotte Campbell. Other participating shops in Central London include Intoxica, Phonica Records, Sister Ray, and Sounds of the Universe.

East London

Rough Trade East, one of the biggest independent music shops in London will be hosting live music and DJs all day Saturday. Rough Trade East will also be hosting a screening of the new Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead” on Monday April 18th. Love Vinyl in Hoxton will have live acts in store all day and Lion Coffee & Records will host live acts that include Geoff Lloyd from Absolute Radio. Vinyl lovers should also look at the exhibition of this year’s Secret 7s, with sleeve art designed by the public and top artists for Amnesty International. All 700 are on display until May 1 at Sonos Studio in Shoreditch. Also participating in east London is Sister Ray Ace in Shoreditch.

South London

In celebrating 25 years of groovy business, Putney’s Soul Brother Records will be hosting in-store signings by Natasha Watts and Tony Momrelle, plus “Soul Brother 25” t-shirts. In Greenwich, Casbah Records will feature a live performance by songwriter Tess Parks at 3pm. New record store additions like Turnstyle Records in Streatham and The Book and Record Bar in West Norwood. Brixton will come alive with Pure Vinyl, Container Records, Lion Vibes, and Rye Wax holding afro-jazz and reggae performances, markets, and non-conformist parties all day. Far out in Bromley, Head Records will have live music from Robb Johnson.

North London

North London’s Flashback Records has all three of its branches, Flashback Islington, Flashback Crouch End, and Flashback Shoreditch, involved in the festivities with live performances at 5pm. Performances include The Franklys, Dead Coast and The Bin Bags: the new project from cult garage rock heroine Keel Her. Other participating shops in north London are All Ages Records, Audio Gold, and Sounds That Swing.

There are over 200 shops participating in this year’s Record Store Day so head over to the official Record Store Day website for the full list and more information.



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