words: Max Lilley
Established in 2007, Record Store Day (RSD) is held every April to celebrate thousands of incredible independent record stores across the globe by releasing hundreds of exclusive titles on vinyl. During the last year it has been more important than ever to support these stores so that when we see the other side of this gig less nightmare, we have a place to share intimate concerts with our favourite artists and buy great records. It’s a chance for fans, artists, and record stores to come together and celebrate the beauty of independents and grab some lovely bits of wax. Unfortunately, with the pandemic, RSD has to be done slightly differently but you can still harness the magic of the event.
In 2020, it was due to take place on 18th April and 20th June but both drops were cancelled due to the pandemic and instead replaced with three separate drops on 29th August, 26th September, and 24th October. In lieu of the 20th June event, RSD announced ‘Love Record Store Day’ where they partnered with over 130 independent record stores across the UK & Europe to sell limited-edition releases, from artists including Radiohead, via their online stores.
In 2021, RSD has still decided on two separate drops held on 12th June and 17th July. Additionally, there will be Love Record Stores Day (4th Sept), National Album Day (16th Oct), and a special Black Friday RSD (26th Nov). You’ll be able to attend over 250 UK record shops in person and thousands more worldwide and, if you don’t feel comfortable attending the event in person, all remaining RSD titles will be available via the partaking record shops’ websites after both drops at 6pm on 12th June and 8pm on 23rd July. So there is no risk of missing out.
If this is the kind of thing that you think might interest you, check out what’s happening in Hull on Record Store Day 2021.
Out of the Attic – 13 Paragon Arcade, Hull, HU1 3PQ
Hull’s most recent record store addition. Having only opened in June 2020, this is their first RSD. The two owners have been collecting records and memorabilia together for the past 40-years and are now selling quality vintage items at competitive prices.
They have confirmed that they will be opening for both drops on Saturday 12th June at 8am and Saturday 17th July and you can view a list of their titles on their Facebook page here – https://tinyurl.com/razj3y63.
Wrecking Ball Music and Books – 15 Whitefriargate, Hull, HU1 2ER
Now newly moved into Whitefriargate, Wrecking ball have set itself up in a spacious new location selling a collection of fantastic records, books, music merch, and gig tickets. The upstairs has also been recently refurbished to make way for a new music venue, launching in May.
They have confirmed that they will be opening for both drops on Saturday 12th June at 6am for coffee and 8am for trade, and Saturday 17th July and you can view a list of their titles on their Facebook page here – https://tinyurl.com/224rjesx.
Bug Vinyl – 11 Ladygate, Beverley, HU17 8BH
Established in 2017, Bug Vinyl is Beverley’s only record store that stocks a huge range of vinyl from pre-owned to brand new. They have confirmed that they will be opening for both drops on Saturday 12th June and Saturday 17th July and you can find their list of titles here – https://tinyurl.com/2d7wzshw.
Here are some of the titles from the official RSD21 list that we’re looking out for.
- Ben Howard – Collections from the Whiteout: Variations Vol 1. (12” black vinyl)
- Do Nothing – Adventures In Success (12” vinyl)
- Elbow – The Newborn EP & The Any Day Now EP (10” black vinyl)
- Everything Everything – Supernormal / Mercury and Me (10” milky clear vinyl with berry/green splatter)
- Fontaines D.C. – Live at Kilmainham Gaol (12” black vinyl)
- Gorillaz – The G Collection (6 x 12” vinyl)
- Jehnny Beth – BBC Sessions (7” black vinyl)
- Metronomy – The Look (10th Anniversary Edition) [7” black vinyl]
- Shame – Live in the Flesh (12” black vinyl)
- Squid – Near The Westway (12” black vinyl)
- U2 – Fire (40th Anniversary Edition) [12” picture disc]
- The Vines – Melodia (12” translucent lime 180g vinyl)
- Warpaint – The Fool. Andrew Weatherall Sessions (2 x 12” yellow vinyl)
You can find out more about the full list of RSD21 releases and find your local record shops at www.recordstoreday.co.uk.