The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.
You can find the most up-to-date list of participating UK stores here: https://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/participating-stores.aspx
So tune in from 6pm to hear special Record Store Day tracks from Nirvana, Foo Fighters, The White Stripes, The View, LCD Soundsystem and the new Arctic Monkeys track ‘Don’t Sit Down’ which is being released on white vinyl for RSD from forthcoming album ‘Suck It and See.’ AOTW is Jamie Woon ‘Mirrorwriting’ (out 18 April)