Record Store Day round up – vinyl mecca Berwick Street (video)

Posted on 23 April 2013
By Pierce King
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Record Store Day saw vinyl mecca Berwick Street in Soho transformed into a mini music festival as fans flocked to get the new releases and join in the fun.

Charles Taylor from Reckless Records opened the event with his recently reunited acid rock band, Brainiac 5.

Showcasing a range of music talent curated by independent record shop Sister Ray, seven acts performed live from a stage in the street including; cult rock band Wire, folk duo Smoke Fairies and singer-songwriter Frank Turner.

The line-up also featured Steve Mason formerly of The Beta Band, the critically acclaimed Matthew E White and Georgi Kay.

You can watch a video round up of the action here.

Berwick Street has been a destination for vinyl record collectors since the 1980s when it became
known as ‘The Golden Mile of Vinyl’.

This corner of Soho is still home to central London’s largest concentration of thriving independent record shops; Reckless Records, Sister Ray and The Music and Video Exchange as well as Sounds of the Universe around the corner on Broadwick Street, Black Market Soho on D’Arblay Street and Phonica on Poland Street.

All six of the independent vinyl and record stores of Berwick Street joined forces to celebrate Record Store Day to host an array of DJ sets and in-store parties.

Gosh! Comics also offered a 25 per cent discount on the ‘League of Extraordinary Gentleman Black Dossier’ by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill which comes with an exclusive 7″ doo wop single recorded by Alan Moore.

Berwick Street has a strong music heritage. It was the location for the cover shoot of the 1995 Oasis album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ (as seen in the window of Reckless Records).

Ian Brown cycled backwards down Berwick Street in the music video for F.E.A.R. and T-Rex front man Marc Bolan worked on his mum’s stall on Berwick Street market in the 1960s.*

Berwick Street is a vibrant urban community with a rich heritage in the heart of London’s Soho. Discover traditional London pubs, bespoke tailoring, textiles, vintage, food, fashion and of course independent record stores.

Berwick Street is London for Londoners.