Record Store Day 2011 – releases preview

Posted on 5 April 2011
By Andrew Backhouse
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Yes, the biggest jolly in music is fast approaching… dusty vinyl dens up and down the land will thrust their doors wide open to celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday, April 16th.

The celebrations exists to boost the UK’s independent record shops, celebrating music as an art form, as opposed to a cash-cow milking factory or supermarket sideline.

With a head-spinning raft of exclusive releases, only made available in partcipating shops on the day, Record Store Day offers in-store performances, after-parties, awesome people and tons more fun to be had.

Already there have been 160 exclusives confirmed for this year’s event. So get down to your fave local independent shop to find out… what’s in store.

Organiser Spencer Hickman said, “The whole point of Record Store Day is to show that indie record shops offer music fans something you can’t get online or in a supermarket.

“More stores, more release, more events – Record Store Day seems to have caught the imagination of retailers, artists and fans alike. We are expecting Saturday April 16 to be the biggest Record Store Day yet.”

And there’s no exageration either. What with the Blur jack-in-the-box last year, there’s bound to be tricks up sleeves, such as a cheeky cover of Blur courtesy of Beady Eye!?!

Already there have been 160 exclusives confirmed for this year’s event, including:

* An official live “bootleg” of The Vaccines
* A 10” vinyl reissue of The Smiths classic Queen is Dead
* Metronomy’s hotly-anticipated first single from their new album on 7” vinyl
* A 12” picture disc of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way
* A special collectors’ doublepack of 78s of The Beach Boys’s Good Vibrations/Heroes & Villains
* A Franz Ferdinand Covers EP featuring covers by Debbie Harry and LCD Sound System

To ivestigate what’s on show and where to go, check out the official site.


Location Store
Aberdeen One Up
Aberystwyth Andy’s Records
Amersham, Bucks The Record Shop Ltd
Bangor Cob Records
Barnstaple Solo Music
Belfast Good Vibes
Belfast Head
Billericay, Essex Slipped Discs’ Brown Sugar
Birmingham Ignite Record Store
Birmingham Polar Bear
Birmingham The Diskery
Blackburn Townsend Music Ltd
Bolton X-Records
Boston, LincsNevermind The Music Store
Braintree Blast Music
Bridport Bridport Music
Brighton Ape Entertainment
Brighton Borderline Records Ltd
Brighton Dance 2 Records
Brighton Edgeworld
Brighton Monkey Music Emporium
Brighton Resident Music
Brighton Rounder Records
Broadmead, Bristol Head
Bromley Head
Bude, Cornwall Upbeat
Burnley Astonishing Sounds
Burnley Electron Records
Burton-on-Trent That’s Entertainment
Camberley, Surrey Rock box
Camden, London All Ages Records
Cardiff Catapult 100 Per Cent Vinyl
Cardiff Spillers Records
Carmarthen Tangled Parrot
Castleford That’s Entertainment
Chatham, Kent Sound & Image
Cheltenham Badlands Records
Cheltenham Rise
Cheltenham The Record Shop
Cheshire Oaks That’s Entertainment
Chesterfield, DerbysHudsons
Chorley Townsend Music Ltd
Chorley, Lancs Malcolm’s Musicland
Clacton on Sea Music Mania
Clifton, Bristol Rise Bristol ltd
Clitheroe Townsend Music Ltd
Congleton A&A Music
Covent Garden, London Dress Circle
Crouch End, London Flashback
Croydon DNR Vinyl
Deal, Kent Sound House
Derby That’s Entertainment
Dereham, Norfolk Sounds
DerryCool Discs Music
Dudley ST Records
Dumfries Barnstorm Records
Dundee Groucho’s
Dungannon, Co Tyrone Gene Stuarts
Edinburgh Avalanche Records
Edinburgh Coda Retail
Edinburgh Underground Solu’shn
Evesham Rapture entertainment Ltd
Exeter Martian Records
Exeter Opus Classical
Exmouth Onionheart
Falmouth Jam
Farnham 101 Collectors Records
Frome, Somerset Raves from the Grave
Gateshead That’s Entertainment
Glasgow Love Music
Glasgow Monorail
Glasgow Rubadub
Godalming, Surrey Record Corner
Gosport Reflex Records
Great Yarmouth Better Leisure
Great Yarmouth Music Lovers
Greenock, Renfrewshire Rhythmic
Greenwich, London Casbah Records
Guildford People Independent Music
Guildford Dance 2 Records
Hanley, Stoke Music Mania Ltd
Hawick Spences Music Shop
Hebden Bridge Muse Music
Henley on Thames Henley Records
Herne Bay, Kent Gatefield Sounds
Huddersfield That’s Entertainment
Huddersfield Wall of Sound Records
Hull GJM Music
Ilfracombe Movie Mix
Inverness Imperial Music
Irvine Valhalla
Islington, London Flashback
Kingston, Surrey Banquet Records
Kirkwall, Orkney Grooves Records
Leamington Spa Head
Leamington Spa Seismic Records
Leeds Crash Records
Leeds Jumbo Records
Leicester Powerplay
Leicester Rock A Boom Records
Leigh on Sea Fives
Letchworth Davids Bookshop & Music
Leyland Townsend Music Ltd
Liverpool 3B Records
Liverpool Probe Records
London Brill Records
London Cavern Records
London Dada Records
London Honest Jons Records
London Intoxica
London Phonica Records
London Rat Records
London Rough Trade East