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Posted June 8th 2021

Record Store Day in Kent

Record Store Day is an annual event founded in 2007 and held twice a year to “celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store”. Record Store Day 2021 will be taking place across two dates: Saturday 12th June and Saturday 17th July 2021 and this year it is more important than ever to support our local Record Store businesses as independent music gets back on its feet.

In celebration of this important event, Melting Vinyl have curated a number of Record Store’s across Kent for you to support!

Vinyl Store Jr – Canterbury

One of our favourite Kentish record stores is undoubtably Vinyl Store Jr, stocking 50/50 new/secondhand vinyl, with the new buys featuring indie/alternative, a smattering of classics and some jazz and a VERY mixed bag of second hand records including, classic rock, prog, psychedelia, punk, indie/alternative, 80s, jazz, plus a bit of everything else.

Along with hosting living music, Vinyl Store Jr annually partake in Record Store Day and have dropped a range of new releases already online, ranging from Amy Winehouse to The Cure to Prince. You don’t want to miss your chance at this huge selection!

Elsewhere – Margate

Elsewhere is the dream of the minds behind Monkey Boy Records and Arts Cool, providing a community space focused around the love of music, this Margate based store opened in September 2018 and has become an important part of the Kent music scene showcasing local talent as well as attracting some of the biggest up and coming bands.

As Record Store Day takes place over two Saturday’s this year, Elsewhere have scheduled two special vinyl drops at 8am on the 12th and 17th of June. These contain a broad range of new release vinyl from Metal to Punk to Indie to World Music. Plus a carefully curated pre-loved section from Coast Vinyl.

To get ahead of the game and select your purchases follow this link: Record Store Day 2021 – Elsewhere

Smuggler’s Records – Deal

Independent is Smugglers middle name, with their independent label, shop, bar and music event/festival organisers. Smugglers are prominent within the Kent music scene having come from the humble beginnings of The Smugglers Sessions at the back of a pub to busking-led adventures across Europe. Since then the label has released more than 30 records, put on 8 sellout Smugglers Festivals, run stages at festivals and arranged tours opened a Record Shop in Deal! Make sure you support this incredible businesses this Record Store Day!

Transmission Record Shop – Margate

Another of our favourite Margate based stores is, Transmission. This quirky record shop is beyond excited to welcome you this Record Store Day and is opening all day from 8am-5pm with a tons of new stock and a huge sale on vinyls! This incredible Record Store Day news comes with the announcement of Transmission leaving Margate and moving to Cornwall! So make sure you pop on this Saturday to pick up a record before they go!

Vinyl Head – Ramsgate

This local record shop stocks Vinyl records, CDs, musical instruments and a broad range of musical paraphernalia. Shop all this, this Record Store Day as well as grabbing a drink at their well attended cafe, with a warm atmosphere and great view of Sailors Church.

Howling Sounds – Ramsgate

For the last 20 odd years HOWLING SOUNDS has been serving the needs of the Thanet community with a most wide range of musical gems, rock, soul, pop, dance, folk in the form of vinyl, CD and even cassettes tapes. Having been, taken over by Dave Howling in 1991, a committed music addict, Howling Sounds is open 6 days a week, with it’s walls covered in guitars at the heart of Ramsgate town centre, and would love to see you this Record Store Day.

Vintage and Vinyl – Folkestone

Vintage & Vinyl are located in Folkestone’s beautiful Old High Street in Kent, selling a large selection of new and used records alongside a large choice of audio equipment and local beers and wines.

In the lead up to Record Store Day 2021 Vintage and Vinyl have been increasingly active over Instagram to supply you with a list of special and exclusive releases they have on sale this and next Saturday! Be sure to check it out now with this link: Vintage & Vinyl (@vintageandvinylfolkestone) • Instagram photos and videos