On Saturday April 18 2015 the world's independent record shops come together to celebrate Record Store Day, and London's top music stores are set to join in the fun. Whether you're an avid vinyl collector or just want to catch some great live music, be sure to get involved.
Free special events, gigs, DJ sets, pop-ups, exhibitions and workshops will be taking place at record shops around London. Plus, lots of one-off vinyl and CD releases – recorded exclusively for Record Store Day – and promotions are available on the day. Here's our guide to the best of RSD in London.
Live music, pop-ups and events
The Book and Record Bar
20 Norwood High St, SE27 9NR
This kooky south London coffee, book and vinyl shop turns into a bar for RSD, hosting a three-hour DJ set from Alex Paterson of ambient house legends The Orb, plus a soul club night until 2am.
Six acts including John Cooper Clarke, DJ Yoda and Young Knives play live from 12noon to 6pm, compèred by BBC 6Music’s Shaun Keaveny. Plus, local record shops – Sister Ray, Phonica, Music and Video Exchange, Reckless Records and Sounds of the Universe – will be selling limited-editions vinyls and CDs.
320-322 Creek Rd, SE10 9SW
This intimate Greenwich shop will be selling an ear-watering amount of RSD releases, plus there’ll be a live set by retro psychedelic rockers The Sonic Jewels.
Deal Real Legacy Pop-up
14 Newburgh St, W1F 7RT
Formerly a hub for hip hop vinyl and performance during its Carnaby Street tenure (2002 to 2007), Deal Real returns. Grime stars Kano, Ghetts and Novelist perform live.
144 Crouch Hill, N8 9DX
Flashback’s Crouch End branch will be giving away limited-edition screen prints and hosting a performance from fuzzy indie three-piece Abjects.
36 Langham St, W1W 7AP
This ace central London record shop will host an unplugged showcase of live bands in the daytime, including folksy songwriter Jeb Loy Nichols and soulful singer Ady Suleiman.
Oval Space Music + Phonica Records
Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, E2 9DT
Record shop Phonica teams up with multi-platform venue Oval Space for an afterparty. Thomas Melchior and Luke Hess spin the tunes.
Record Shops of Soho 1946-1996
2 Berwick St, W1F 0DR
The British Record Shop Archive and the Museum of Soho have organised a free pop-up exhibition tracing the history of record retail in the area. It’s open until April 20 from 10am-7pm.
Celebrate records by listening rather than spending at this music-lovers' brunch in Soho stalwart L'Escargot, who will provide, breakfast, a bellini and lunch while you enjoy the audio treats spread across six rooms. Book in advance through Time Out's exclusive offer page.Read more
Rough Trade East, Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QL.
Rough Trade West, 130 Talbot Rd, W11 1JA.
The iconic record shop will be stocking a huge amount of exclusive RSD releases at both its east and west London branches.
100 Shoreditch High St, E1 6JQ
The Ace Hotel branch of the seminal Soho record shop is opening at 8am for RSD. Get there early to beat or join the musos.
Exclusive Record Store Day vinyl
Hanni El Khatib – ‘Devil’s Pie’
Guitary reworkings of slinky R&B classics are ten-a-penny, but two things set this D’Angelo cover apart. First, it’s by excellent American garage rocker Hanni El Khatib. Second, just look at that 7" picture disc. A double delight for stoners.
Father John Misty – ‘I Loved You, Honeybee’
After the emotional helter-skelter of his excellent second album, Father John Misty offers his heart on wax with this 7". An acoustic take of the LP’s title track ‘I Love You, Honeybear’ is on the A-side, backed by ‘Never Been a Woman’ on the flip.
ESG – ‘The Moody’ EP
It’s hard to imagine a record with more universal appeal than this. Anchored around four siblings from the Bronx, the Scroggins sisters’ early ’80s compound of punk, disco and cold funk still makes dancefloors buckle today.
Jurassic 5 – ‘Quality Control’
The first full-length album from West Coast true-skool hip hoppers J5 gets a lush and arboreal reissue. As well as four vinyl discs and a 24-page booklet, the whole thing is served up in a wooden box. Just don’t store it above your roaring open fire.
KC & The Sunshine Band – ‘I Get Lifted’ (Todd Terje edit)
Miami meets Norway on this 10" single, as Norse wonder Todd Terje re-edits a classic from American label TK Disco. His extended version of ‘I Get Lifted’ (later made famous by George McCrae) is a steal at £4.99.
Metallica – ‘No Life ’Til Leather’
The metal titans are reissuing their first demo tape as a cassette release for RSD. Recorded in 1982 with a different line-up, it features seven tracks of eye-watering thrash metal – most of which ended up on their powerhouse of a debut album.
J Dilla – ‘Fuck the Police’
In 2001, pivotal hip hop producer J Dilla released a storming take on the NWA classic. Rightly regarded as a classic of noughties hip hop, RSD sees it released as a quirky and rather striking 9" picture disc, shaped like a police badge.
Participating record shops
All Ages Records, 27 Pratt St, NW1 0BG
The Book and Record Bar, 20 Norwood High St, West Norwood, SE27 9NR
Clerkenwell Music, 27 Exmouth Market, EC1
Café 1001, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Casbah Records, The Beehive, 320-322 Creek Rd, SE10 9SW
Flashback Records, 144 Crouch Hill, N8 9DX
Honest Jons Records, 278 Portobello Rd, W10 5TE
If Music, 36 Langham St, W1W 7AP
Kristina Records, 44 Stoke Newington Rd, N16 7XJ
Les Aldrich Music, 98 Fortis Green Rd, N10 3HN
Lion Coffee + Records, 118 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0QR
Love Vinyl, 8jd, 5 Pearson St, E2 8JD
Rat Records, 348 Camberwell New Rd, SE5 0RW
Reckless Records, 30 Berwick St, W1F 8RH
Rough Trade East, Dray Walk, Old Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Rough Trade West, 130 Talbot Rd, W11 1JA
Sounds Of The Universe, 7 Broadwick St, W1F 0DA
Sounds That Swing, 88 Parkway, NW1 7AN
Vinyl Pimp, 14 Felstead St, E9 5LT