This Saturday (21st April) is Record Store Day and we’ve selected our top places to visit in London. Vinyl sales are on the rise but there’s some concern big labels are using this occasion to repress rare records to sell at crazy prices so we’re making sure to include a variety of options.
PHONICA RECORDS – 51 Poland Street, Soho, W1F 7LZ
Founded in 2003, Phonica has become one of London’s leading independent record shops. On Saturday they’ll be open from 9am-9pm with DJs/live acts from noon. This year Phonica have partnered with Kala Festival so there’ll be a few “surprises and some VERY special guests”.
ROUGH TRADE EAST – Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Rough Trade describe themselves as “independent purveyors of great music since 1976”. This Saturday they’ll be open from 8am-10pm and have over 500 exclusive Record Store Day titles that can only be purchased in store. They’ll have DJ sets from HAAi, Dave Haslam and Tim Burgess from The Charlatans as well as live performances from the likes of Little Simz and Hinds.
SOUL PROPRIETORS – 64 Elm Park, Brixton, SW2 2UB
Open from 8.30am-6.30pm, Soul Proprietors will have the amazing jazz band ILL Considered playing in their garden with a BBQ and drinks (fingers crossed for the weather!).
RYE WAX – 133 Copeland Road, Peckham, SE15 3SN
This event is slightly different, it’s “A Celebration of DIY Culture” recognising smaller, local labels. An all-day-all-night party that starts at midday and goes on until 4am. There’ll be DJs, an independent label market, workshops and food stalls all focussed on “genuinely independent music”.