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Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion.

More than 260 independent record shops take part in Record Store Day, making it one of the biggest global events on the music calendar.


Record Store Day first started in 2007 when a gathering of record shop owners came together in the US to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture of record stores.

The first official event took place on April 19th, 2008, and today it is celebrated by thousands of record shops all over the globe in what’s become the biggest new music event of the past decade.

Record Store Day is a day for the people who make up the world of the record shop – the staff, the customers, the artists, the labels – to come together and honour the special role they place in their local communities. In the UK, over 260 shops participate in every corner of the country.

While there’s only one Record Store Day a year, organisers work hard throughout the year to shine a light on all the amazing people in record shops and the special and exclusive releases artists and labels create to support them.

The next Record Store Day will take place on 20 April 2024.

Explore the full list now and be sure to find your local participating store using the store locator