Saturday 18th April sees various venues around the UK taking part in Record Store Day, an annual event where rare or limited edition titles are released, and it's a great time to be in London. The day celebrates the record store (obviously), with people flocking to the shops to try and get their hands on something special; it's a far cry from the music-buying habits of today, where listeners might download an MP3 or two from iTunes - if they can't find it to stream and make available offline on Spotify.
This week has also seen the relaunch of the vinyl charts, following last year having the biggest vinyl sales in twenty years, selling 1.29 million; hopefully this will be a continuing trend because there's nothing better than sitting in your comfy chair on a sunday afternoon with a record playing and a nice glass of red, is there?
Here are a select few picked out from the list of special edition releases, and some of the participating London stores are shown on the map above. If you are in Soho for RSD, Berwick Street is the place to be, with free live performances from John Cooper Clarke, Young Knives, Lazy Talk, DJ Yoda, Ryley Walker, 2 Bears and Gang of Four, so definitely worth checking these out. If you're not in Soho (or London), then the official Record Store Day website has a list of events to entice you. We would put this into a Spotify playlist for you all, but obviously that isn't in the spirit of RSD...
Pulp - IT (12 inch white vinyl of Pulp's debut LP)
Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybee (Heart shaped 7 inch <3)
David Bowie - Changes (7 inch picture disc)
Hanni El Khatib - Devil's Pie (7 inch picture disc with a BLUEBERRY PIE on it)
Grace Jones - I Need A Man (12 inch single)