Record Store Day is set to return on Saturday 13 April 2019 and will once again include a competition for unsigned artists

Get out your diaries and pencil in the date as Record Store Day 2019 will officially return for its twelfth edition on Saturday 13 April 2019.

Over 240 independent record shops are expected to take part in the celebrations which unites music
lovers and vinyl fans in every corner of the UK.

Record Store Day was set up in 2007 to champion the culture of the record store. 12 years later it’s
still going strong as it celebrates not only the record shops that have stood the test of time but also
the new generation of shops who have just opened their doors.

Hundreds of limited edition vinyl releases will be created exclusively for the occasion and free live
performances and parties will take place up and down the country.

Rachel Lowe, of Brighton store Vinyl Revolution who took part for the first-time last year said: “Our
first Record Store Day exceeded all expectations. It was the best day we’ve had since opening and
was terrific fun. We opened our door to a long queue of regular customers but the day’s events
attracted a ton of new customers too. Our youngest first-time record buyers were aged four and six.
The revenue from Record Store Day will help our young shop immensely but the publicity and
goodwill will last much longer. A fabulous day. Roll on next year!”

Also returning for 2019 is Record Store Day and Sound Performance’s Unsigned Competition. Longtime vinyl manufactures Sound Performance are giving one unsigned UK artist the ultimate prize of having their music pressed onto 500 vinyl records for free as well as a one-year distribution deal with Proper Music. That means they’d not only see their album come to life on the vinyl of their choice but also see their records stocked on the shelves of independent record stores nationwide. The winner will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges.

You can visit the official Record Store Day website here.

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