BBC Music has partnered with Record Store Day UK as the event gears up for its ninth annual celebration of independent record shops and the vinyl format.
Special programming will take place across the BBC’s radio networks, and in particular on BBC Radio 6 Music. In the run up to Record Store Day, on his 6 Music show Steve Lamacq will be speaking to different record stores around the UK, revealing what events are taking place on the day. It is expected that more than 25,000 music fans will be going along to their local record shops from the early hours on Saturday 16 April.
Also on 6 Music, Lauren Laverne’s show will be broadcasting live from a record store on Friday 15 April.
James Stirling, Editor of BBC Music, says: “BBC Music is always keen to support moments that unite people through their love of music. Record Store Day does exactly that and we are very happy to be officially involved this year.”
Rupert Morrison, of The Drift Record Shop in Totnes, says: “The BBC has an utterly unique voice and is an organisation like no other on the planet. Their commitment to promoting music and artists, both breaking and established, is hugely important and a perfect partner for all of the record shops under the Record Store Day banner.”
Record Store Day launched in the UK in 2008 and has since recruited over 220 independent record shops across the UK to take part in the event, with keen record buyers queuing through the night to secure limited edition records. Vinyl has always been a core part of the event since its launch, and Record Store Day has in turn spearheaded the UK vinyl revival as sales topped 2.1m units in 2015.