Birmingham is well known for its vintage and record shops, and with Record Store Day approaching on April 22, Rebekah Smith explains why the day is celebrated and its importance to local Birmingham businesses
For the tenth consecutive year Record Store Day will be celebrated throughout the UK with the aim of supporting local record store businesses and artists as well as the vinyl format.
This year’s Record Store Day will be celebrated on Saturday 22nd April and is set to be the biggest Record Store Day with over two hundred independent stores participating and a large amount of limited edition vinyls from a variety of artists and genres to commemorate this year’s celebrations.
Limited edition vinyls will be only available from stores in a physical format and not online distributers, in order to support small businesses and showcase the rising vinyl industry in the UK.
The vinyl industry is currently going through a resurgence with more than 3.2 million records sold last year, which according to the BPI is a rise of 53% on the previous year.
Record Store Day celebrates music from a range of genres and both classic and current music therefore the limited edition records reflect this, here are some of the over 500 limited release vinyls.
This year there are four independent record stores in Birmingham that will be participating in Record Store Day.
Swordfish Records has been selling both new and pre-owned records since 1979, and are now based in the city centre in Dalton Street. As well as being a supporter of local bands, the independent store started as a place for Rock and punk music fans and the store has their own record label.
Polar Bear Records in Kings Heath is a small independent record store that specialises in jazz, avant rock, classic rock, metal and folk music. The store mainly sells CD’s but does also sell new vinyl releases and re-issues.
Based in alternative fashion store The Oasis on Corporation Street, Ignite Records specialises in indie, metal, punk and hardcore rock vinyl records.
Emortal Records is one of the newest record stores in Birmingham and is celebrating Record Store Day as well as its first anniversary during April. Emortal Records is based in Bournville and is well known for selling grime vinyls and gig tickets.
You can find a full list of Record Store Day 2017 vinyl releases in this PDF.