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Support your local independent record stores on #RSD18 and check out more than 500 limited edition new releases.


Japan: Gentlemen Take Polaroids, Virgin

One of the fondest memories of my misspent teenage youth was going around indie record stores with my sister hunting down rare Japan albums on vinyl and David Sylvian 12-inch’s (we were a bit obsessed even though they’d already disbanded). Sadly, all those shops have closed now. But a student haunt, Spillers Records in Cardiff, remains the oldest record store in the UK and where BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne will be taking her show this Friday to celebrate #RSD18.

Saturday April 21 is the 11th annual celebration of independent record shops and the vinyl format. More than 200 independent record stores across the UK will be running music events and stocking the official RSD18 releases (see list here). Hundreds of record labels have come forward with limited edition releases of new, previously unreleased and classic singles, albums and soundtracks on vinyl, cassette and beyond featuring special artwork.  This year’s selection includes everything from the Twin Peaks soundtrack to Prince: 1999, Congo Soul jazz and a Duran Duran live album.

Courtesy of Banquet Records, Warner Bros, Parlophone and UMC

Some of the most in-demand items are set to be previously unreleased records by David Bowie, The Waterfront – who went on to become The Stone Roses,  The Streets Remixes & B-sides,  the 25th anniversary reissue of Suede’s self-titled album on silver vinyl, The Maccabees Wall Of Arms on picture disc, and new exclusives from Madonna, The Cure, Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, Sigrid’s debut EP (available for the first time on vinyl), Abba, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Courtney Barnett, The Courteeners, Rage Against The Machine, and Joy Division under their original name, Warsaw.

You may spot this in a few stores too…

Award-winning author and journalist Garth Cartwright has travelled the UK to conduct 100 interviews with independent record shop pioneers and the wider music industry in his new book Going for a Song: A Chronicle of the UK Record Shop, including Martin Mills (Beggars Banquet), Geoff Travis (Rough Trade), Andy Gray (Andy’s Records), Ralph McTell, Chris Barber and The Specials. It was released in March 2018 (£12.99).


Some of the record reissues you can buy on vinyl courtesy of Island Records, BBC Records, Legacy Recordings & Warner Bros on #RSD2018

Frank Harvey Hifi Excellence, 163 Spon Street, Coventry will have five turntable based systems playing including Project showcasing the limited-edition George Harrison turntable, 10am – 5pm with 105 off vinyl (excluding RSD 2018 titles).

Seismic Records, The Assembly, Spencer Street, Leamington – in-store events and releases at one of the Midlands last remaining independent record shop which celebrated its 13th birthday last month.

Polar Bear -10 York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham -Live music by Black Bombers and Rhino and the Ranters. A vinyl store that’s been around since 1991.

Swordfish Records – 66 Dalton Street, Birmingham 

The Diskery – 99-102 Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham

Ignite Record Store –  110-114 Corporation Street, Birmingham – in-store gig by Trevor Burton, co-founder of The Move.

Eclipse Records – 4 Victorian Arcade, Walsall – acoustic music on the afternoon then continuing RSD18 in the evening at The Fountain Inn, Lower Forster Street, Walsall with record stock, a live band and DJ sets. 

Revolution Records – 16 Park Place Shopping Centre, Walsall

ST Records – 165 Wolverhampton Street, Dudley

Vinyl & Vintage, It’s For You – 5/6 Cleveland Street, Wolverhampton – opening at 8am with 100’s of special vinyl albums on offer and live music in the afternoon including West Midlands based singer-songwriter, a former BBC Introducing artist of the month Fall Girl.

Oldies Unlimited – 89 Darlington street, Wolverhampton

Rough Trade’s special 25th anniversary Silver edition includes 9 B-sides plus Suede’s cover of The Pretenders Brass in Pocket. Originally released in March 1993 it went on to win the Mercury Music Prize and features 4 singles including Animal Nitrate.


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