Today marks the 10th Record Store Day and over 200 participating indie record shops are stocked to release exclusive vinyls. Across the country people have queued since 6pm at the likes of Rough Trade (14 hours before opening time) yesterday evening in hope of getting hold of a limited edition release.
Amongst the releases are 120gsm black 12″ singles from Prince, who passed away a year ago yesterday, The Beatles Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever, and of course plenty re-released Bowie.
The event isn’t just for re-releases though, with many bands releasing new music such as Kasabian with You’re In Love With A Psycho on 10″.
I headed up to Vinyl Cafe in Carlisle, participating for the first time, with my list in hope of grabbing a couple of my favourites. It’s a day for contacts though, and phone calls like a desperate football fan trying to find out another relegation candidates’ result are taking place across the country, mine to and from Stockton (cheers Ben).
In Carlisle, there are live performances throughout the day from local bands such as Hardwicke Circus, who are releasing their 5-track Social Music EP.
From 9am until 5pm, local names such as My Little Brother and The Lucid Dream are appearing at 44 Abbey Street, Carlisle, CA3 8TX.