In these days of digital piracy, the life of the indie record store seems constantly overshadowed with doubt; thankfully, the annual Record Store Day reminds what a pleasure can be hand from flicking through dusty vinyl LPs and just enjoying music in the company of others.
Monorail in Glasgow have the most exciting line-up so far – Edwyn Collins, Human Don’t Be Angry, Organs Of Love, Snowgoose and Dead Flamingos are all set to play throughout the day, in addition to an AED Records showcase. The Rubadub residents will be joined by house/garage/post-dubstep supremo Joy Orbison, while through in Edinburgh, Coda on the Mound features performances from Kris Drever, Bella Hardy and Rura.
In addition to the bricks-and-mortar vinyl outlets, a few music venues will be taking part in the fun. InsularisRecords.com are hosting a pop-up record shop at Nice’n’Sleazy, with live performances from Adam Stafford, Holy Mountain and few acts still to be announced, while Avalanche in Edinburgh are hosting a Record Store Day after party at Electric Circus.
A day to celebrate all things vinyl and the continuing survival of independent Record Shops. The shop opens early offering a first-come-first-served on over 550 exclusive vinyl releases only available for Record Store Day. There's live performances and DJ sets from Prosumer, Malcolm Middleton, Lomond Campbell, Jo Foster…
As part of the nationwide celebration of independent record shops, Electric Circus hosts a party with live sets form Stanley Odd and The Cairne String Quartet plus the Kitchen Sink DJs and theVoxBox pop up record shop.
Don't mistake the slender couple of shelves in the back room of vegan venue Mono for a lightweight enterprise. Owner and muso Stephen Pastel has been setting Glasgow's hipster pulse from here for years.
Specialist record shops can often be intimidating places, so it's refreshing - in fact, it's absolutely brilliant - to wander into Rubadub and be catered to by some of the friendliest staff around. That's not to say that they don't know their stuff…