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Music lovers, unite! It’s time to fight against a world of digital music and iTunes with the return of Record Store Day on Saturday 21 April.
Set up as a focal point in the calendar to champion bricks-and-mortar music retailers, RSD sees musicians release limited-edition recordings and perform special in-store gigs.
• Rough Trades East and West, arguably London’s most famous record shops, both have live sets planned from a number of musicians, including indie trio Keane and electropop starlet Little Boots
• Piccadilly Records in Manchester will be welcoming DJ Mr Scruff and The Charlatans’ frontman Tim Burgess for hour-long sets
• Bristol’s Rise Records has a day-long programme of music and art exhibits, including a live performance from sassy rockers The Duke Spirit
This is the fourth UK Record Store Day, with momentum steadily growing over previous years. As John Lydon said in support of Record Store Day, ‘The destruction of the music industry is because people can’t buy records easily. A record is for life. A download is a lack of life. A poor substitute for a real wife!’
If nothing else, the day will allow you to get in touch with your inner punk.
Record Store Day is taking place across various venues across the UK on 21 April. Get more information on participating venues here.