Record Store Day 2012
This Saturday get down to your local record emporium and show them some love. Our record shops are a cornerstone of London's musical heritage - not only are they stocked with amazing sounds they are also full of amazing specialist knowledge and a personal touch that you will never get from iTunes. Saturday April 21st will be the UK's 4th annual record store day - virtually every independent record store (or shop as we say on this side of the pond) will hold special events and sell exclusive music that you will only be able to get on that day.
Here are 5 local favourites....
Our favourite vinyl neighbours - Kristina sell amazing music across the board from serious disco originals and seminal rock'n'roll to serious upfront house wax. No bargain bins here; if it's on their shelves then you can bet it's an essential.
For Record Store Day they're opening at 10am with loads of second hand stock and DJs playing all day including Auntie Flo and Veronica Falls.
London's temple of electronic dance music and more with some of the loveliest staff you could wish for and all the best new floor fillers. They're so ahead of the curve.
For Record Store Day they've got DJs in store from 1pm, culminating in Ashley Beedle playing at 6:30pm followed by Egyptian Lover at 7:30pm.
These two Essex Road second hand stores probably need an entire day devoted to rummaging their racks - devote some time to a good dig and pick up some bargains for your collection.
This Record Store Day, Flashback has Fair Ohs performing in store at 7pm sharp.
The original site in Notting Hill and it's newer Brick Lane cousin are temples to music of all kinds. Cross their threshold with and open mind and you'll be rewarded with a bag full of goodies.
Both sites have in-store performances all through the day for Record Store Day.
House, house and more f******* house! If you like your plastic to go boompty boomp then this is your place. Blackmarket is a London house institution - they've been serving up house of all persuasions since 1990.
Black Market have Ron Trent, Jimpster, George FitzGerald and more performing throughout Record Store Day from 12-8pm.
For more information on Record Store Day across the country visit: www.recordstoreday.co.uk
Record Store Day 2012