Newcastle turns it on for Record Store Day

Abicus owner Tim McFee with a VERY sneak preview of the stores exclusive RSD releases. Picture: Stephen Bisset

There is sure to be plenty on black circles spun in our part of the world this Saturday as indie record stores get set to celebrate Record Store Day.

Darby Street culture store Abicus will be really pushing the boat out, offering a slew of limited edition wax – everything from Cheech and Chong to the Flaming Lips – as well as a celebration of all things Newcastle.

“Traditionally, Record Store Day is about independent record stores celebrating the culture of bricks and mortar retail, with exclusive limited-run vinyl releases that are only available in real independent record stores on record Store Day,” Abicus owner Tim McPhee told Newcastle Live

Tim added that as well as the stax of wax on offer, the store will also play host to a ‘mini festival’ featuring some of Newcastle’s most exciting musical talent.

“We’ve curated a lineup of five of our favourite local artists who are doing really inspiring things so we’ve got Vacations, Fritz and Grace Turner who have all recently returned from South By Southwest (SXSW) as well as e4444e and Collector.

Another sneak peak of some of the exclusive RSD stock at Abicus.

“We will also chat to Tilly from Fritz, Grace Turner and Campbell from Vacations about their trip to SXSW for an In Conversation session.”

Newcastle guitar pedal maker Nick Raffaele from Beautiful Noise Effects will also be launching his Beautiful Noise Endless Sleeper Delay pedal on the day as well as giving an insight to his process.

Newcastle’s Grace Turner will perform at Abicus on Saturday.

If that wasn’t enough, Tim added that local java purveyors Darks Coffee Roasters have created a signature Record Store Day blend which will be given out on the house (until stocks run out). There will also be limited edition 250g bags for sale which will be signed and numbered.

“If we are going to celebrate Newcastle culture, we couldn’t do that without celebrating coffee,’ Tim said.

The collab couldn’t have come at a better time with Darks, this week picking up a gold, silver and bronze at  2019 Australian International Coffee Awards.

It will be a similar party over at The Mosh Pit in Cardiff with the store celebrating its first Record Store Day with exclusive releases.

The Mosh Pit will also offer giant mojitos, pizza and “heaps” of $1 and $5 records while $1 CDs will be marked down to 50 cents.

Early birds will get the worm with the first three punters at the door getting early access from 8am and once they’re done, the doors open for everyone.

The store will also be running Audio Technica giveaways and you can nab a free Mosh pit record bag with every purchase.

You are also sure to grab some great bargains over at Black Pug Records in Hamilton.

Record Store Day is on Saturday 13 April.

Check out the Abicus and Mosh Pit Facebook pages to stay up to date with all of the exclusive releases.

Written by Stephen Bisset