Founded in 2007 Record Store Day is an annual event, held on the third Saturday in April. It’s a day to celebrate independently owned record stores and new release vinyl. The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world. Since starting in 2007 more and more stores have started taking part, often there will be queues of people waiting for their freshly printed vinyl.
Record Store Day 2016 took place on the 16th April. Exclusive releases included albums by David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Metallica, Johnny Cash, Madonna, Patti Smith, Deftones, Frank Zappa, and the Doors. Metallica was the ambassador, releasing a boxset containing remastered editions of their first two albums, Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning.
The Isle of Wight had it’s own National Record Store Day event put on by the wonderful folk at The Ventnor Exchange. “They really served us up a treat, with a day of music showcasing some of the best talent the Island has to offer. Ably hosted by King Stammers, diverse acts, such as Ever, Headfunk and Doug Aldred performed in this unique venue, housed in the old Post Office in Ventnor. If you haven’t had a chance to visit this venue, I can heartily recommend that you put it on your to do list, it really is a gem of a venue and I look forward to visiting again. Today the atmosphere is chilled and the place is bustling, there’s a licensed bar and there are plenty of people browsing the record store shelves”. – Jaki Cook