On Saturday April 22 the world’s independent record shops come together to celebrate Record Store Day 2017, and London’s top music boutiques 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 stores around London, and lots of one-off vinyl and CD releases – some recorded exclusively for Record Store Day – and promotions are available on the day. Here’s our full guide to the best of RSD in London.
The best Record Store Day events in London
Boozy beats and eats in the Wick
The cult record store will be stepping out from their 12ft-high vinyl collection to welcome a host of DJs including Luke Vibert, Bambooman, Deft and Miro SundayMusiq. Neighbouring restaurant Pearl will provide hotdogs and fresh brews plus there’s a booze bench from Crate Brewery.
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The Piano Works
Situated in a listed Victorian warehouse in Farringdon is The Piano Works, a unique live music venue. What sets this place apart from London's other evening hang-outs is their pair of pianists, accompanied by a rotating cast of musicians, who play, well, whatever you want. That's right, while you're sipping on an almond and hazlenut sour, or tackling a Tomahawk ribe steak, you can make requests to the live band and they'll play your choice of music.
Venue says: “Brace yourself for the bank holiday in the House of Song! Tickets: http://bit.ly/2v47HJg”