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

If Music

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…).

Rough Trade East

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.

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Brick Lane

Vinyl Pimp

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.

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Olympic Park

All Ages Records

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.

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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).

Rat Records

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.

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Casbah Records

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).

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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.

Rough Trade West

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.

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Ladbroke Grove

Music and Video Exchange

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.

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Westbourne Grove

Top of the shops: London's best record shops

BM Soho

Dance music, new, vinyl only

Set up by junglist Nicky Blackmarket, this store has kids queuing up to bag the latest promos. Expect nothing other than up-front club music: BM stocks a feast of house, minimal and techno, drum 'n' bass, dubstep, bassline and UK garage platters.

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General interest, new, CD only

A great place to add to your collection without being patronised. Stock is CD-only, but you'll find a rock section that sensibly mixes classic albums by Pavement with newer releases from Fleet Foxes, a soul rack where Marvin Gaye snuggles up to Corinne Bailey Rae and eclectic jazz, reggae, pop, country and world sections. Fresh (fairtrade) coffee and baked goods are the icing on the indie cake.

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Dress Circle

Show tunes, new, CD and DVD

This OTT, thirtysomething temple to show tunes continues to wow professional thesps and drama queens alike with its staggering collection of show tunes on CD and DVD and selection of posters celebrating productions past and present. Head downstairs for scores and books.

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Leicester Square


General interest, new and second-hand, CD and vinyl

Flashback's mostly second-hand stock is treated with utmost respect. There are usually a few boxes of bargain-basement 12-inches going for pennies outside the front door, but inside stock is scrupulously organised. The ground floor is dedicated to CDs, the basement to vinyl.

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Classical, second-hand, CD and vinyl

Browsing here is as comfy and laid-back as flicking through a friend's collection; battered sofas and cuppas abound. The vast selection of quality used LPs and CDs is so constantly in flux that hundreds of records are cluttered on the central table at any given time while they await sorting. This is done by affable owner Roger Hewland, whose allegedly photographic memory is probably the only thing stopping the store sliding into chaos.

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Harold Moores Records

Classical, new and second-hand, CD

This is not your stereotypical classical music store: young, open-minded staff and an expansive stock of new and second-hand music bolster Harold Moores' credentials. This collection sees some great old masters complemented by a range of eclectic contemporary music, including plenty of avant-garde and electronic issues by independent labels like Touch.

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Honest Jon's

Jazz, soul, reggae, world and hip hop, second-hand, CD and vinyl

This legendary record shop's owner had the foresight to lend former hired hand James Lavelle £1,000 to set up Mo' Wax records in the early 1990s. Jazz, soul, revival reggae and global sounds remain the house specialities.

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Westbourne Park


General interest, second-hand, vinyl only

Intoxica! is kitted out with bamboo wall coverings and glowering tribal masks, so the browsing experience is as big on character as it is on classic records. The ground-floor shelves are stacked with everything from reggae, funk and '60s beat to exotica and easy listening. The basement is packed with soul and blues, and its jazz section is especially big on British artists.

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Westbourne Park
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