It’s April and that means Record Store Day!

Record Store Day is when independent record stores come together with artists and fans to celebrate the culture of independent stores but how will Glasgow be celebrating?

First, a little background: It is an American phenomenon conceived in 2007 that has spread to every continent… except Antarctica.

Record Store Day is an annual event that takes place on the third Saturday of April so this year it’s on the 19th and thus celebrates it’s seventh year. 

Music lovers far and wide can get their hands on exclusive merchandise, limited edition releases and enjoy in-store performances at hundreds of stores participating in the UK.

Glasgow is known for its love of music culture so what will be going on?

Well, the participating Glasgow stores are: Mixed Up  Records, Monorail Music, Love Music and Rubadub.

Fatherson will be playing live at Love Music. The four piece from Kilmarnock have just released their debut album which has appeared on the front page of iTunes and is selling out in droves! (I also wrote about it here)

Beautiful. Fatherson will play at Love Music, time tbc! Credit: www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland
Beautiful. Fatherson will play at Love Music, time tbc! Credit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radioscotland

Love Music will be staging live performances from Glasweigan band Blood Relatives and Edinburgh born musician Pictish Trail. There will also be the launch exclusive vinyls from Tuff Love, Pronto Mama and many many more!

Ahead of their official single release for Heart and Soul on the 25th of May, Glasweigan band Twin Atlantic have announced it will be produced as a limited edition 7” vinyl. Only 1,000 will be produced for RSD.

English indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club are set to release a 7″ vinyl release which features a song called To The Bone, backed with Reign Down. However, there will only be 100 copies of the single available via participating stores.

You can find the full list of events and exclusive releases across the UK here.

XFM is this year’s media partner and will release their own vinyl album of John Kennedy’s X-Posure Live Sessions. There are only 1000 copies of this album available on the day and can be bought in exchange for a donation to XFM’s Fund for War Child, a charity that supports children living in war-torn countries.

Spencer Hickman, Record Store Day UK co-ordinator, stated: “This special release does not carry a price tag, but we would encourage anyone who is lucky enough to get their hands on it to make a donation to War Child as a thank you to help them continue to make a difference.”

Got any plans to celebrate Record Store Day? Let me know below!

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