Record Store Day began in 2007 over in the USA, Britain quickly followed suit and this celebration of the unique independent sector is now in its seventh year. Independent record shops across the country will be taking part in Record Store Day, to be held on Saturday the 19th April. The purpose of the day itself is to raise awareness for the great work that independent record shops do and there are various exclusive in store appearances and special releases to make this a special day.
Of the many participating stores one that has particularly grabbed my interest is the newly opened Wah Wah Records in my home town of Wakefield. Although I recently moved away from the city it was thoroughly pleasing to that it had finally go its own independent store to add to its vibrant music scene. To celebrate Wah Wah will be having in store performances from the likes of The Sunbeams, Ruby Macintosh and Ceiling Demons as well as offering you the opportunity to get your hands on some of that coveted Record Store Day stock.
Other stores that have been frequent haunts for me like Jumbo Records and Crash Records of Leeds are also doing similarly exciting things. Both stores will also have stock available and all the relevant information on how to purchase is available on their respective websites. With so many great record stores situated throughout the country so there is ample opportunity for people to get to their local record shop.
Although I am a supporter of Record Store Day and the good things it does we still have to make sure that we continue to support independent shops the other 364 days of the year. So please everyone go out and celebrate the uniqueness of our independent scene and support your local record shop.
Get all the information you need about Record Store Day here.