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Record Store Day

Our guide to exclusive releases, events and London shops taking part in Record Store Day 2017

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Record Store Day

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

The Run Out 2017

Get outdoors for the love of vinyl
Peckham-based vinyl masters Rye Wax are hosting The Run Out 2017: an outdoor vinyl market and celebration of indie labels. Sup local beers while watching live music before heading to a bangin’ afterparty at the Bussey Building. 

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Risographs amongst the shelves
Fancy pants book shop Libreria isn’t one to let a silly little thing like not selling records get in the way of celebrating RSD. With a pop up record sale and live DJs, the main event here is a print your own vinyl cover risograph session. 

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Live at Rough Trade West

Catch live South London talent
RT’s west London site have a neat line-up sorted for RSD, including exciting south Londoners Shame, plus the Hold Steady’s Craig Finn. 

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Container Records

Afrobeats rager in a container
Container Records is bringing it’s A-game with a daytime label market (including RSD exclusives) morphing into a nighttime dance party with live performances from Afrobeat hero Dele Sosimi and woozy hip hop master Eric Lau.

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Flashback Records

Beers and doom rock near Brick Lane
The Shoreditch record shop has enlisted shoe-gazy indie-poppers The Duke Spirit for its RSD celebrations, plus there’s a doom-rock afterparty with Slabdragger from 7.30pm. 

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Brick Lane

Lion Coffee + Records

Combine decks and cocktails
Allow Florence and the Machine guitarist (and Katy Perry’s ex) Rob Ackroyd to DJ for you as you wrestle over the last Africa-shaped Toto record at Lion Coffee+Records. Live music and cocktails are also on the agenda. 

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Lea Bridge

Vinyl Pimp

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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Hackney Wick

Boxpark Croydon

Sign up for the Vinyl Club all dayer
In a continuing effort to make Croydon happen, Boxpark has wrangled Vinyl Club to curate an all dayer featuring South London’s best vinyl shops flogging records and DJs spinning everything from Nu-Disco House to reggae til 1am.

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D&B at Café 1001

Jungle rhythms in the Brewery
Considering the genres’ dedication to vinyl, it’s about time there was a dedicated drum ‘n’ bass ‘n’ jungle market on RSD. It’s all going down at Cafe 1001, with more than 20 specialist labels selling their finest wares. 

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Brick Lane

Lion Vibes

Hear reggae roar at Lion Vibes
The Brixton reggae specialists at Lion Vibes have got all the best reggae-related RSD releases in and enlisted always smiling London reggae Kiko Bun to get the summery beats flowing. 

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Chris G

Very sad that Westminster Council's 'fun police' decreed that there be no live music stage this year. It was a great day nonetheless but Soho lacked the party atmosphere of previous years.


I am on my way to enjoy Record Store Day 2016.

This afternoon we have taken over 01-Zero One , recording studios in Soho and will be screening 3 documentaries about the early life of David Bowie, including his time in the area.

Its an exclusive event for Time Out Cardholders

Really looking forward to an awesome day.

With thanks to The Museum of Soho and The BBC for providing us with access to the Bowie screenings.

Man Hon L

Full line up for Vinyl Pimp RSD

12:00 - 14:00 Tim Parker
14:00 - 15:00 DMX Krew
15:00 - 16:00 Bambooman
16:00 - 17:00 Tina Turner's Right Glove
17:00 - 18:00 Metrist
18:00 - 19:00 Equinox