For those who are new to Record Store Day, and a recap for those who treat the annual celebration as a type of Birthday/Christmas all rolled in to one…here is some very important information on how we will roll on the big day.
First of all, we are delighted to announce that we will have our beautiful historic Castle Road closed again for a 1 day festival, called ‘Castle Road does Record Store Day’.
We will again fill the streets with immense local traders, and like minded businesses plus a very exciting line up of artists appearing on our outdoor stage. Much more information and the line up of artists will be coming your way very soon…stay tuned folks.
Ok, we’ve called them rules but please see them as positives gestures, in order for everyone to have a great day (or something like that)
- We will open our doors on the big day at 8am sharp. People are welcome to queue in an orderly fashion from approx a week before then.
- First come first served. We really mean it.We adhere to RSD and ERA rulings, which state that we can’t reserve anything for anyone (Including animals and robots). Damn right too! What kind of cherished event would RECORD STORE DAY be if people could reserve records? You need to earn that LIMITED must have…this isn’t downloading, it doesn’t come easy but the rewards are totally worth it and you will feel like a champion! We promise…
- ONE COPY OF EACH OFFICIAL RSD RELEASE PER CUSTOMER. You can buy as many records as your bank manager allows, but please don’t try and purchase two or more of the same thing, as we will not sell them to you. This will mean everyone will have a chance to get what they want
- We’ll be letting 25 people in to the store at a time. Although we are larger, we have to respect the people who have queued for hours and give them a fair crack at purchasing what they have nearly died for. We are a larger beast these days, but still small and perfectly formed. We don’t want to see any crushes/fist fights/passion for music being compromised. We will play it by ear as the day goes on, and as soon as we feel it is safe to let more punters in, we shall do.
With all this no sleep, queuing lark – Rest assured, we want you fighting fit when you finally get to touch those promised pieces of shellac. You need to eat, to be strong to face the final hurdle…a Bowie 7’’ or the complete Vengaboys collection? We can’t have you going hungry now…
We’ll be looking after you early birds and making sure you are comfortable and offering pies and drinks for you to consume while you wait.
Our kitchen team will be taking orders from the queue and we’ll be offering free Pie&Vinyl TEA to warm you up and keep you alert. We’ll be out there early…
Food and drinks will also be served throughout the day from our outside pie pop up stall, and (look out for some delicious music related pie specials)
Don’t be put off if you don’t fancy standing in a queue. And this is why we employ the rules above, so that everyone gets a fair crack of the whip) Many people were still finding bits they wanted at mid day/early afternoon last year. We want to make this as fair as possible, and look after you regular customers as well as welcoming new ones.
Now we are more established, we are confident that we will receive large amounts of stock, and certainly as much as we are allowed to lay our furry paws on. But do remember, that some of these items are super limited (in some cases only 150 items for the whole country) so depending on total quantity available, we will get as much as we are sent.
TIPS FOR THE BIG DAY
The first customers on the big day have usually earned the right, by queuing for quite some time. If there is something you really, really, really want – Plan to get there really really early.
This may sound funny, but you get to meet some really like minded souls, standing in line. There was a really special atmosphere and team spirit last year…and when that door opens, you won’t have felt excitement quite like it! Friends for life and a triumphant atmosphere all round!
Bring plenty of cash – there will be a cash only till in action on the day to help serve you as swiftly as possible. It will also be handy for purchasing a few drinks and some hot food for those queuing (we can’t take card transactions under £5).
We would love to invite you to request exactly what you are looking for from this years Record Store Day 2015. Click –
When you have decided what bits you are desperate for, please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org – and put your requests in the subject line starting with ‘what I want for record store day is:…’ (This will help us pluck these requests from our bulging contact inbox.)
We will add this to our buying list and make darn sure that there will be at least 1 copy in our store (hopefully more) but unfortunately we can’t guarantee that it’s for you.
Please continue to consult http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/* for details of all official UK releases.
*(Don’t be confused with the recordstoreday.com version, this is the U.S.A. release list, and they differ)
A note on the pricing for Record Store Day – As many regulars know, we aim to offer the lowest prices and the highest standard of experience. We never mark our prices up, our standard margin is applied to all stock at all times of the year.
Above all, enjoy this fantastic event and please remember – Record stores are for life, and can be visited every day of the week…not just record store day! P&V