Record Store Day UK Announce New Exclusive Releases for September and October Drops

Lewis Capaldi, Daft Punk, Kali Uchis, Neneh Cherry, Sports Team and more to support indie record shops with new releases on Drops 2 and 3


Record Store Day

• Lewis Capaldi, Daft Punk, Kali Uchis, Neneh Cherry, Sports Team and more to support indie record shops with new releases on Drops 2 and 3

• First Drop success as sales exceed expectations

• Bowers & Wilkins come on board as official partners of Record Store Day

Record Store Day UK are excited to reveal a fresh batch of limited-edition goodies coming for the 26th September and 24th October Drops.

This comes after the first instalment of Record Store Day took place this weekend to celebrate the UK’s indie record stores.

Now artists and labels have rallied together to announce additional limited-edition vinyl releases that will be hitting the racks on the next Drop dates.

Artists who have thrown their support behind the event with new product include:

Alice Cooper
Daft Punk
Hospital Records 400th celebratory release
Jethro Tull
Kali Uchis
Lewis Capaldi
Neneh Cherry
Sports Team
The Rolling Stones
Thurston Moore
And many more!

Lewis Capaldi said: “It’s been class to work on some really different versions of my music for RSD in the past & it’s such a buzz watching everyone go out in the morning that day to try and find the releases! Excited to get this new album colour way out there to support all of the indie stores over the UK this year! X”

The full list of titles available in September and October can be found on the Record Store Day UK website here.

Record Store Day is the one day of the year where more than 200 independent record shops come together to celebrate their unique culture and the art of vinyl. The annual celebration is known for its in-store parties, live performances and very limited vinyl releases and was originally scheduled to take place on 18th April.

However, like many music events, organisers were forced to call off the party in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. They went back to the drawing board to adapt the event to accommodate social distancing guidelines and created a series of “RSD Drops” whereby the release list is split across 3 months.

Supporting artists Sports Team said: “Independent record stores have always felt like a support network. Places you can go when you’re in another city and just chat about music. Venues like Elsewhere in Margate, and Banquet Records in Kingston don’t seem faceless, everyone working there is goes out of their way because they’re genuinely passionate about music. They’re the best gigs too, sweaty community.”

First Drop success as sales exceed expectations

The first RSD Drop took place this weekend on 29th August with more than 200 participating indie record shops. Although the live music and large gatherings were noticeably missing, fans still flocked to stores and took part in socially distanced queues and time slots.

And in a one-off move for 2020, indie record stores put remaining product online at 6pm sparking a Glastonbury-esque style rush to secure the limited edition titles. Many releases had sold out across the UK within the hour.

Ben Soothill & Lou Jackson, owners of Wax and Beans in Bury who celebrated their first RSD on Saturday said “We are absolutely elated about our first RSD. Feels like half the North West and beyond turned out to support Wax and Beans - it certainly put a beaming smile on our faces greeting people at 6am when we got there, having no idea if anyone at all was going to turn up. The anticipation of the day was both exciting and nail biting and we had no idea how the day would go or how much support we’d get, but we were truly blown away. Our plans ran smoothly and despite a long (socially distanced) queue, we managed to make sure most people got what they wanted, which was a huge relief. Overall, it was an exhilarating, jam packed day with all our family roped in to help (including a 7 week old baby) and we were so proud of all we managed to achieve. Seeing so many familiar faces, along with some new ones was the icing on the cake. Mega.”

Now shops look forward to the 2nd and 3rd Drops on Saturday 26th September and 24th October 2020 as they return to a “new normal”.

Highly respected British audio brand Bowers & Wilkins announced as official RSD Partner

Record Store Day UK are also delighted to reveal that Bowers & Wilkins are set to come on board as official partners of the event for the RSD Drops and RSD 2021.

Bowers & Wilkins, founded in the UK in 1966, has been at the forefront of high-performance audio for more than 50 years. Bowers & Wilkins designs and manufactures precision home speakers, headphones, custom installation and performance car audio products that set new standards for innovation and sound quality, earning countless awards and accolades from the world’s leading recording studios and musicians – therefore making them the perfect addition to one of the biggest music events in the country.

Dave Sheen, EVP Product, Brand, Strategic Partnerships said "We’re proud to become official partners and supporters of Record Store Day, especially in such a difficult and unusual year for retail. Everyone at Bowers & Wilkins is a passionate music lover, and it’s that passion that drives us to create the finest audio products possible. We want everyone to hear music exactly as the artist intended."

They join Rega Research, Sound Performance and Fred Perry as official partners of the event. We look forward to announcing more details of the partnership in due course.

Full list of titles available in September and October here:

September 3, 2020 4:00am ET by Pressparty  

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