London Celebrates National Record Store Day

April 22, 2014

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Originating in the U.S. in 2007, National Record Store Day has become a wildly anticipated event in London, where hundreds of independent record stores celebrate vinyl records with film screenings, vinyl record sales, performances by a variety of indie musical artists and DJ sessions.

Over 600 vinyl records on sale

On April 19, indie music stores in London sold out a huge collection of vinyl records featuring artists like Green Day, David Bowie, One Direction and Nirvana. National Record Store Day organizers say that many vinyl records sold were bought by Millennials who grew up listening to CDs and iPods but are now discovering an innovation enjoyed by their parents and grandparents.

A needle and a turntable

This retro-interest in vinyl records in the UK has spurred sales of vinyl records as well as old style record players.

In fact, nearly 100,000 vinyl albums were purchased by vinyl buffs who say they prefer the warmer, richer sounds of vinyl records as well as that quiet “hissing” produced by the needle as it settles into the grooves.

Big selling vinyl albums

So far, the Arctic Monkeys album titled “AM” is the top-selling vinyl album in the UK this year, followed by “Rave Tapes” by Mogwai and “High Hopes,” another one of Bruce Springsteen’s masterpieces. Other big sellers include The Velvet Underground, REM and Devo.

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Goodies for vinyl record fans

Indie UK record companies plan to give vinyl fanatics a reason to jump for joy when they re-issue several classics, including “Rock & Roll Suicide” by David Bowie, Adam Ant’s first album, Dirk Wears White Sox and a vinyl record that actually glows in the dark! The song on this ghostly record? What else could it be but the theme from Ghostbusters.

Fans already looking forward to next year’s National Record Store Day

Judging by the success of 2014’s National Record Store Day in London (as well as the U.S.), indie record stores are already anticipating next year’s celebration of vinyl records and expect even bigger crowds than this year’s turnout.

Does this mean we’ll be seeing backpacks full of vinyl records instead of iPods in the future? Probably not, but there is something pleasantly nostalgic about listening to an old classic song while sitting next to a turntable and watching the record spin around and around and around…