Independent businesses are imperative because they are run by people that are incredibly passionate. These entrepreneurs are a special breed of people, given the chance they could talk for hours about the lesser known obscurities that further their excitement for their interest-turned-career. Their passion is their business, it is their lifeblood. This is, invariably, how Record Store Day began back in 2008. Devised by the owners, employees and enthusiastic frequenters of independent record stores as a day to promote and celebrate the culture of buying vinyl and the importance of supporting small and local businesses, simultaneously.
The popularity of the day escalated quickly and it is now acknowledged as a holiday in most parts of the world, making it almost as anticipated as Christmas and definitely more enjoyable. Record Store Day falls on Saturday 16th April with a host of events taking place globally, with the exception of the Antarctic! As with any international holiday, there is a commercial side to the celebrations manifesting itself in a list of exclusive releases available to buy from all participating record stores.
Soak up the atmosphere, buy lots of records and enjoy the annual gathering of music lovers, audiophiles, record collectors and everyone in between for a day of live performances, special releases, and more to keep the community of independent businesses alive with the sound of music.
(Click on titles to see the event pages)
16B Fade Street, Dublin 2
The Record Spot returns jovially with a sublime line-up of bands and djs that will perform throughout the day on Dublin’s favourite sun-trap, Fade Street. This years soirée includes live sets from the inimitable Paddy Hanna and Tandem Felix, amongst other great bands as well as giveaways, music talks and your chance to pick up some stellar records. A first for their celebrations is an afterparty in collaboration with Telephones, where there will be djing until late in Tengu. The Record Spot have unofficially claimed the title of hosting the most enjoyable RSD celebrations. Do not miss it!
7 Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The largest of Dublin’s record stores will be open spritely at 8am with TXFM broadcasting live from the shop until 11am. Enjoy tea and coffee while watching September Girls and Fangclub play a selection of their hits. This is the perfect location if those persistent April showers make a cameo appearance throughout the day as the events are exclusively indoors and family friendly.
15A Wicklow St, Dublin 2
One of Dublin’s longest serving independent record shops will stock a number of special RSD releases on the day. Freebird Records have been known to have had some of the most sought after titles released especially for the occasion in previous years. Get there early, and once you have made your purchases enjoy live performances from 2pm.
4 Crow St, Dublin 2
Throughout the day there will be special offers, dj sets from the All City Fam, and balloons! Once the shop doors have been locked the party will continue at the Bernard Shaw with tunes being played late into the night. A word of wisdom, attend with someone responsible, you don’t want to misplace your day’s purchases!
Triskel Arts Centre Tobin St., Cork City
Returning to the Triskel Arts Centre for the fifth year, Plugd Records and Gulpd Cafe have organised a day of fun, frolics and music. Cork djing legend, Stevie G will be playing sets at both the daytime and night events. Comfortable dance attire advised.
Other notable Records Stores to stop by on Saturday:
Little Gem Records (Dublin), Spindizzy Records (Dublin), Wing Nut Records (Galway), and Rollercoaster Records (Kilkenny).
Happy crate-digging, folks.