Indie record stores unite

Scotland's Avalanche to head up new coalition

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Glasgow and Edinburgh's independent record store Avalanche Records is to lead the Coalition of UK Indie Stores, a trade body which will fight for the interests of independent music shops across the UK.

The initial grouping includes 15 of the larger stores up and down the country, including London's Rough Trade and Sister Ray, Piccadilly in Manchester, 1Up in Aberdeen and Jumbo in Leeds. The body will be headed for its first three months by Avalanche owner Kevin Buckle, who will then hand over to Spencer Hickman, manager of London's Rough Trade East.

While the coalition officially launches on Saturday 19 April, this will also be the inaugural Record Store Day in the UK. To celebrate, Saint Jude's Infirmary will be playing live in Avalanche on Cockburn Street, with more bands to be confirmed for the event.

The idea for a Record Store Day in Britain came from the US Record Store Day, which has been running for several years in America and has gathered support from acts across the musical spectrum, including Pearl Jam, Vampire Weekend, Mike Patton, Steve Malkmus and the Jicks, Henry Rollins and Metallica.

Malkmus and Vampire Weekend have both produced special one-off records for the day while others will be performing short live sets or doing signing sessions. The hope is the UK equivalent will capture the artists' and public's imagination in the same way.

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