MUSIC collectors are set to flock to Hanley this weekend to celebrate Record Store Day 2019.
Shoppers in search of some special vinyl treats are expected at stores such as Music Mania, Rubber Soul Records and The Slamwich Club on Saturday April 13 – writes Bethan Shufflebotham.
The ‘Record Store Day’ event started in the USA in 2008 and was started as a cultural celebration of independent record stores. A number of limited edition vinyl presses are released on the day to bring together music lovers, artists and vinyl enthusiasts to celebrate local record shops and music. This year the release list features a huge range of incredible artists from big names like Queen and Bob Dylan – to local lads like Cheshire’s Adam French.
Collectors are expected to be queuing up in Piccadilly Arcade as early as 3am with their Record Store Day lists before the doors of Music Mania swing open at 9am. Manager Ian Gadsby is expecting around 500 people through the doors on Saturday.
“A lot of people come out for the day and come in with great big lists of records they want said manager Ian. “It’s great that people can only get the records in-store as they don’t go online until the following week. It brings people into the store and forces them to get out.”
Customer assistant Joey Tomasso added: “It has a domino effect on the following days too, as more and more people come in to the shop.”
Ian adds: “Having all the people there and engaging with record lovers is great. You also hope they’ll become a future customer for the rest of the year.”
Rubber Soul Records on Marsh Street have been participating in Record Store Day for the past six years. Owner Rob Barrs is hoping to hand out some free goodie bags at the event, whilst raising awareness of indie record shops like Rubber Soul. He said: “When people are enthusiastic about a song or an artist and you can give them that, that’s what I’m here for. I’ve always collected and it’s nice to pass that on to people. It’s rewarding when you know you’ve made a customer happy – when you have what they’re looking for and you’ve served your purpose because they’re happy.”
Once a month, The Slamwich Club hosts a pop-up event with Uncommon Cuts where a number of specialist retailers set up in their upstairs room with an open deck – for Record Store Day, their event has a bit of a twist.
The event will run from 11:00am on Record Store Day until 2:00am the following morning, featuring a number of local DJ’s. They will also have several pop up record stalls stocked with new records and some exclusive Record Store Day releases.
Trading on the day will also be Wax 4 U, My Vinyl Record Box, Global Garms and Plastic Fork Project. Plastic Fork Project was initially a pop-up at Strand Records in Longton, which grew to launch a radio show on community station 6Towns Radio. This was followed by a pop-up shop on Hanley’s Piccadilly selling records and exhibiting photographs by Sal Gig Junkie. The team of John Whitehurst, Karen Hulse and Jon Rickets can’t wait for the event.
They said: “It’s the busiest day of the year and a lot of fun. It’s a massive celebration of music and you get a chance to pick up some amazing records. I love being able to play some of the new records I’ve picked up, and chatting to people about the music.”
Get involved in Record Store Day by popping into your local record shop or picking up an exclusive RSD vinyl on 13 April 2019.
Bethan Shufflebotham is a Staffordshire University student.