Posted August 28th 2020
Record Store Day 2020
MV’s top record store picks for grabbing a Record Store Day 2020 deal.
Here’s to another Record Store Day of 2020 – where great people come together in their community to support their fantastic local record store, and get their hands on some exclusive goodness at the same time. Safe to say it’s a wonderfully emotional time for the stores, but to see our close industry partners get the recognition they deserve puts a few butterflies in our stomachs too.
A ‘Record Store Day’ is an event where over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become some of the biggest events in the music calendar. Despite the challenges, 2020 is no different with RSD giving our favourite record stores a reason for business to carry on flowing.
As live music promoters, our local record stores are among our closest friends in the music industry – we would hate to imagine a grassroots scene without them! From putting our posters up on display to their dedicated, die-hard, music-lover community to being an enthusiastic, trusted point-of-sale for tickets to our shows, we are eternally grateful for their love and support. Not to mention the taste-making influence they have when recommending shows to their customers. As a meeting point of recorded and live music, a conversion of home-listener to gig-goer, the pathway a record store represents in the industry is one that matters to every music fan, artist, manager, label, agent and promoter – and it should be cherished!
Resident – North Laine, Brighton
“an unpretentious place of warmth, chat, humility, laughter, discovery and ultimately, sweet sweet music. music for all ears, from all eras. no genre or generation boundaries. no judgements. just enjoyment of everything that the culture of music and those that embrace it bring when they come together in a record shop environment.”
Bella Union – South Lanes, Brighton
“A record shop selling product from Bella Union Record label (John Grant/Beach House/Father John Misty/Ezra Furman etc)”
The Vinyl Frontier – Eastbourne / De La Warr Pavilion (New Stall)
“Eastbourne’s leading, largest, longest established and coolest independent official RSD record shop & licensed music cafe bar / We sell both New & Pre-loved vinyl + hi-fi + merch + t-shirts + tickets / We buy used vinyl! / We host LIVE in-stores, a monthly Pop quiz, a monthly Movie quiz, Regular DJ nites including our monthly Open DJ nite You Are The DJ, a regular Poetry club, occasional book readings + much, much MORE!”
Vinyl Store Jr – Kent
“We opened in October 2016. Canterbury needed a small independent record shop, nobody else seemed to be doing it, so we went ahead. We are on Castle Street, 3 doors down from the guitar shop. We named ourselves after a weak pun on the band name Dinosaur Jr, partly because they are awesome, but mostly just because it was the name that stuck at the relevant moment (there were MANY worse names). We are now equal parts new and second-hand, so cover pretty much ALL your vinyl needs from Jazz to Indie and all points in between.”
As a team, we’ve picked up from great records from these stores – and we can’t wait to see the Record Store Day drops. See you there – happy supporting!