Record Store Day 2017: Featured Events

Record Store Day is a highlight of the musical calendar, a true celebration of the record and the people who sell it. With the industry booming now more than ever this year represents the perfect day to have a gander down to your local record shop. Here are just a few of the events occurring across the country on 22nd April 2017.

Rise, Bristol:

Ah Bristol… perhaps one of the great artistic centre-points of the world. Rise is a wonderful store in itself, a mix of music, culture, live performances and of course, a hotbed of Record Store Day celebrations. For an independent store, its prices are both competitive and fair, it truly does put the customer first!

Beyond the annual gathering of record enthusiasts eager to claim their treasured releases early in the morning, the day features a whole wealth of live performances curated by Rise themselves. Open from 8am, they days entertainment begins at one and features a host of names including The Evil Usses, The Cheddar Experiment and finally the wonderful Palace. Get down early to secure entry!

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Container Records, Brixton:

Brixton is a hotbed of culture, its music scene is historic and arguably the most important in the London community alongside places such as Camden and Shoreditch. Container records was formed in late 2015 and has been slowly growing its community presence, its Record Store Day 2017 celebrations are all the more interesting.

Just a stones throw away from the historic Brixton Academy, the store sees a fixture of record labels contribute to a unique market, including exclusive RSD titles. Additionally, the store sees a number of performances on the day from Dele Sosimi Quintet, Eric Lau, The Busy Twist and many more. Label Market stalls come from Bowl Cut Garms, Broke Records, Dream Diary, Nixwax and more. It will truly be a unique mix of culture and community.

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Rough Trade Nottingham:

Arguably one of the greatest Record Store Day line ups in the country right now, showcasing ahive of local talent and nationally renowned bands. Taking place in their ambient middle floor bar and stage, the store will host a celebration of RSD, a mix of food, records, alcohol and moat importantly, music.

On the day performances come from Maximo Park, Pins and Keto. However, the most prominent performances of the day come from Autumn Diet Plans and Crosa Rosa, two of the greatest upcoming bands around in Nottingham. Their heavy sound means that ferocious punk rock is at the forefront, clearly Rough Trade Nottingham is the place to be this RSD!

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Banquet Records, London

A short ride out of Waterloo and you arrive in Kingston on Thames, home of Banquet Records. The store has developed somewhat of a cult following in the town and to RSD fans alike, their online sales a week onwards of the event are second to none!

This year they have acquired a neighbouring store to expand their RSD events and ability to sell more and more records. Home of their new in-store shows, the extended space will feature Cast, Craig Finn, To Kill A King on the day alongside a few more bands who are yet to be announced. With such an extensive collection of records on sale and live performances, it is clear that Banquet Records is the place to be in the South West London area.

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Spillers Records, Cardiff

Established in 1894, Spillers Records is by far the oldest record shop in the world. As a hub of records, ticket selling and ultimately Cardiff’s burgeoning music scene, it is clear that Spillers is the place to be this Record Store Day in South Wales.

Continuing live tradition this year sees a mixture of musicians and DJ’s head to the store including live music from Alex Dingley and DJ sets from DJ Rascal and Liam Curtin. With more to be announced, the sure highlight of the day is an appearance from an almost Welsh icon in Huw Stephens. Spillers is arguably one of the most quaint, unique record stores in the country and is worth a day out in itself.

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Rough Trade East, London

Famed throughout the year for their majestic in-store gigs and limitless collection of vinyl across genres, Rough Trade East becomes somewhat of a centre point of celebration on Record Store Day. With most of the shop devoted to selling limited edition RSD vinyl, the other is reserved for musical performance alongside DJ’s throughout the day, somewhat of an intriguing mini festival.

Performances this year come from ranging genres and include The Black Angels, Boxed In and Novella. Additionally, DJ performances present a broad spectrum of musical knowledge. Legendary DJ David Rodigan, celebrating the release of a new book, is bound to draw a large crowd. Alongside this comes Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre who is also sure to provide a great range of tunes to close out this year’s Record Store Day.

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Forever Records, Nottingham

Somewhat of an alternative escape away from the likes of Rough Trade, Forever Records is both new, exciting and refreshing. Situated inside Cobden Chambers, not far from the iconic Bodega, the records store is celebrating its first Record Store Day alongside label ‘I’m Not From London’s’ tenth anniversary.

This year sees a mix of live acts from 2pm with an after party kicking of at 6pm. The day also sees the creation of a licensed bar in association with Cobden Chambers and a kiosk providing Sleaford Mods inspire ‘English Tapas.’ With performances ranging from acoustic to evening live entertainment, expect performances from Lords, Rat Columns, 94 Gunships and more.

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Jumbo Records, Leeds

Established in 1971, the Leeds based record store is clearly the place to be to celebrate this year’s 10th anniversary of Record Store Day. over 40 years after its first inception the store remains ever relevant and important to the local music scene. In collaboration with ‘Dance To The Radio,’ the store is hosting a line up upcoming local bands in celebration of RSD and the local industry.

Held downstairs at the ‘Key Club,’ the day is somewhat of a mini festival as such. Featuring bands such as FLING, Mansion of Snakes, Drahla and Harkin, the day is sure to be a whirlwind of musical celebration. Best of all, entry is FREE!

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