Love Record Stores – 20th June (#LRS)

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Love Record Stores (#LRS), which will take place on Saturday June 20th, has announced Tim Burgess as its ambassador, with The Charaltans frontman playing a key role in curating activities around the event.

Tim,  who has been extremely active during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown and whose nightly ‘Tim’s Twitter Listening Party,’ has attracted a huge social media following, is a passionate advocate of independent record stores and the author of the acclaimed ‘Tim Book Two – Vinyl Adventures from Istanbul to San Francisco,’ an ode to record shopping.

#LRS is an initiative from the #loverecordstores campaign, which launched on 26th March to encourage music fans to shop online with their favourite record stores. Conceived as a way to allow artists to post supportive messages and videos on social media, it quickly achieved global momentum with some of the world’s biggest musicians backing the campaign.

Record Store Day has become an important fixture in the music retail calendar for UK record stores, labels and music fans alike, so it came as a real blow that the organisers have had no choice but to postpone this year’s event due to the continued Covid-19 crisis.

To ensure that this hugely important, annual opportunity to highlight the work of record stores remained active, the #loverecordstores campaign announced that it would step in and host #LRS.

With the aim of encouraging music fans to continue supporting independent record stores online a wide range of record labels have already pledged to make available exclusive, limited edition releases for #LRS.

Already confirmed are releases from: Oasis, Caribou, Belle and Sebastian, Arctic Monkeys, Beach House, Robyn, New Order, Jungle and John Grant and many more to be announced.

To support #LRS a 24-hour, online party is being curated by Tim Burgess and the #loverecordstores team, including exclusive ‘at home’ performances, DJ sets, ‘virtual drinks’, Q&A’s, readings and much more. Again, full details to follow.

Record labels taking part in #LRS are designing a range of exclusive T-shirt’s to be sold around the event with the proceeds going to Music Venue Trust’s #saveourvenues campaign.

Tim Burgess said, “The idea of what we would do without physical record shops has been a question we’ve asked in the past, but now it’s looking more possible than ever and we need to do whatever we can to help. Record shops are like drop in therapy centres for me – there’s a calmness, a familiarity and a sense of belonging that I don’t feel in many other places. A chance to talk with like-minded people – and maybe be reminded that you didn’t know as much about music as you thought you did. Like an animal threatened with extinction – we need to organise ourselves to try and stop it happening. Record shops have been good to me since I first ever spent time on my own – they’ve been good to us, let’s do what we can to help.”

Jason Rackham, UK Managing Director at [PIAS] and a co-founder of the #lovefrecordstores campaign said, “Tim Burgess has always been a huge supporter of independent record stores and having him on board as our ambassador for #LRS has given the campaign a real boost. Together we are curating an amazing day featuring dozens of fantastic, exclusive record releases from some of the world’s best labels and most loved artists, alongside a 24-hour party , which will be a lot of fun and will provide music fans with the motivation and opportunity to support independent record stores who really need our help at the moment. We are also delighted to be able to partner with Music Venue Trust to support their #saveourvenues campaign.”

#LRSD will be a day of online shopping for vinyl exclusives at favourite record stores with a range of strictly limited-edition releases being made available to music fans. The aim is to give participating stores the significant spike in custom they normally receive on Record Store Day while helping music fans satisfy their appetite for great music during this difficult period. 

Alongside new and exciting releases #LRSD will be supported with online, ‘instore’ performances by a number of artists and exclusive DJs sets being broadcast throughout the day.

A wide range of record labels are already confirmed to participate in #LRSD.

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