Record Store Day
Join the capital's independent record shops as they celebrate RSD this April
On Saturday April 19 2014 the world's independent record shops come together to celebrate Record Store Day, and the capital's top music shops 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 and workshops will be taking place at many of London's record shops, and one-off albums and promotions are available exclusively on the day – check out our round-up of the best special Record Store Day releases.
Record Store Day events in London
This Fitzrovia record shop and hangout has some great live acoustic music lined up, including blissed out Afro-soul dude Andrew Ashong at 4pm, plus ‘sound system installations’ planned for the street outside (don’t tell the neighbours…).
- 36 Langham St, W1W 7AP
London’s best record store hosts a typically stunning live music line-up from 9.30am, including Toy, East India Youth, The Amazing Snakeheads, Ben Watt and Bernard Butler. Eclectic record collector and DJ Trevor Jackson spins, while for the kids there’s a Pete Fowler mural to colour in. Music starts at 9.30am: try and turn up before doors open if you want a decent view.
- Dray Walk, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
House heads and synth geeks should head to Hackney Wick. Vinyl Pimp’s in-store DJs for the day include Esa, Hypercolour and Unknown To The Unknown, and there’ll also be a live set by the old-school electronic tinkerers at the London Modular Alliance.
- 14 Felstead Street, E9 5LT
All Ages in Camden stock exclusively punk and hardcore music, so they’ll only have a limited range of the official RSD releases, but they’ve also directly commissioned an exclusive series of limited edition, handmade punk releases from some of the UK’s best independent labels.
- 27 Pratt Street, NW1 0BG
Les Aldrich Music
This venerable Muswell Hill shop hosts an instore DJ from 2pm and a live show by Native Birds at 5pm. There’ll be drinks available instore and a 15 per cent discount on vinyl if you bring in their Record Store Day leaflet (download it here).
- 98 Fortis Green Rd, N10 3HN
There’s a busy timetable of DJs from 11am until 7pm at this Camberwell favourite. The shop has also doubled its vinyl stock especially for Record Store Day.
- 348 Camberwell New Road, SE5 0RW
At this Greenwich shop you can pick up one-off RSD T-shirts and badges, and also see singer-songwriter David Woodcock perform live at 3pm. Casbah will also be running a special Record Store Day competition with prizes (presumably round plastic ones with a hole in the middle).
- The Beehive, 320-322 Creek Road, SE10 9SW
There’s no need for music fans in the south-east suburbs to schlep all the way into town for RSD. Instead, celebrate your local record shop Head, which hosts live bands including folky indie-pop band Van Susans.
- 269 The Glades Shopping Centre, BR1 1DN
Rough Trade’s original store is a bit pokier than the shiny new branch over in Brick Lane, but nevertheless they’ll be squeezing in high-profile live performers including Adam Ant, Edwyn Collins and Slow Club this Record Store Day.
- 130 Talbot Road, W11 1JA
All three branches of the Exchange (Notting Hill, Soho and Greenwich) are offering 10 per cent off all second hand stock for Record Store Day. Head to the Notting Hill branch for DJs and live music in store and a competition to win vouchers too.
- 38 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3HX
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