Brighton record shops get involved in Record Store Day 2018

As any true music fan knows, Record Store Day 2018 sees independent shops across the nation join forces to celebrate the vinyl format.

Taking place on Sat 21 April, the event sees special releases and live music events, with artists as diverse as classical artist Florian Fricke to disco/R’n’B artist Cheryl Lynn, all getting involved. Since launching in 2007, it’s become the biggest music retail event on the calendar. Over 3.5 million limited edition vinyl records and promotional products have been made and distributed to the 240 UK record stores, sparking a huge turnaround in fortunes for independent retailers. In fact, statistics show vinyl sales have grew in 2017 for the tenth year running.

Over in the North Laine, Resident Records have a special offering from 4AD legends, Belly. Comprising two unreleased tracks and two new recordings, it signals the first fresh material from the US rockers in over 20 years. Also available are new gems from David Bowie, Blanck Mass, Jeff Buckley and many more. Brighton’s Bella Union Record Shop will be unveiling a range of special products from their label, including music from Tiny Ruins – Some Were Meant For Sea (album), Laura Veirs – Fading of Stars 7”, Our Broken Garden – When Your Blackening Shows (album) and Dirty Three – Whatever You Love You Are. Celebrating their first Record Store Day, Brighton’s Vinyl Revolution will have an extensive range of exclusive vinyl releases, as well as numerous live performances outside the Duke Street shop – including Filthy Tongues (ex-Goodbye Mr Mackenzie) and Oxfords Mudlow. There’ll be special releases from rock royalty like David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Prince and The Who alongside more contemporary artists such as Wolf Alice, Sigrid and Michael Kiwanuka. To sustain the most eager of music fans, Vinyl Revolution will be treating early shoppers to a bit of breakfast. Teaming up with neighbours Bagelman, they’ll be providing the first 30 customers with a free breakfast bagel and hot drink. During the day there will also be exclusive offers with other Duke Street businesses like Nando’s, No. 32 and Bagelman to ensure customers won’t be going hungry.

Nationwide, there’s plenty of great vinyl action to delight the ear of any music obsessive. After enormous critical acclaim when it was released last year, Tru Thoughts producer, songwriter and singer Rhi will reissue her Reverie debut LP on limited edition transparent purple 12” vinyl. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have packaged a remix collection of It’s A Beautiful World, which features versions by Andrew Weatherall, Mike Pickering and Graeme Park. Daughter’s original music score for the video game Life Is Strange: Before The Storm is also being given an official vinyl release, while The National are to issue live recording of their seminal album, The Boxer. Steven Wilson is releasing an exclusive Record Store Day version of How Big The Space, a previously unreleased track written with XTC’s Andy Partridge during the sessions for last year’s To The Bone album. Taken from his forthcoming album World’s Strongest Man, Gaz Coombes is unveiling a special version of The Oaks. This meditative piece of beautifully warped pop music also comes with a remix by electronic legends Leftfield. No matter what your tastes, there’s no reason why shouldn’t head out and support your local record store on Sat 21 April.

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