Next week we celebrate our local independent music stores as part of national and global event Record Store Day taking place Saturday 21 April.
These are wonderful places to browse for new music, try out instruments, receive expert advice, order that obscure album, and rubs shoulders with musicians and enthusiasts alike.
As always there’s be loads of activities including live music, mini festivals, DJ’s spinning, coffee carts and the good old sport vinyl crate digging. Australian Ambassadors for the 11th worldwide event include iconic music promoter Michael Chugg, alongside musicians Amber Lawrence and Dan Sultan.
In recent years there had been a revival in interest in vinyl, Chugg in conversation with The Music Network made the following comments:
“Young people might hear the music their dad, mum or sisters are listening to, and they can head into their local store and start discovering new music.”
As for how that is translating into physical sales? Chugg says that curiosity for more information about the process and the band, outside of just a single, is driving them to purchase vinyl records.
“People are actually buying physical because they want to know more about the band.
“It’s not just the music, it’s about the people that make the music, why they make the music – and vinyl, and also CDs, are resurging because of that.”
Record Store Day started in the US several years ago in response to store closures and dropping sales. Now celebrated in 30 countries across the world, the Australian edition is in its ninth year, with stores across the country offering specials, unique releases and in store gigs.
It is foremost a celebration of your local music store and its role in the community, offering expert advice, what’s on info, and a rich selection of music to browse and purchase, along with live music in-store, and artists dropping by to say hi. So check out the exclusives, buy some vinyl or a CD, or whatever takes your fancy, and mingle with the.
Here is what you can enjoy at Record Store Day this year: