Record Store Day is upon us! The one day a year we set aside to recognize the hard work of the local independent record store. Not only a place that will sell you the latest release, or hide a few hidden gems in the racks – these stores become meeting places, and ways for the next generation to discover the music that speaks to them.
This year Record Store Day takes place on Saturday, April 22nd. Now celebrating it’s 10th year – the day started as an event in a small amount of locations in the US and has grown into a worldwide event. The day has also become know for RSD Exclusives – special records released only on Record Store Day, that quickly become collectors items.
We’ve gathered a list of every store that is celebrating Record Store Day this year. Make sure you check out what they have to offer:
The Edwards Shop
148 Parry Street, Newcastle West
Nestled in the back of The Edwards, The Edwards Shop is a record store/culture shop operated by music industry veteran Chris Dunn. With over 3,000 LPs in stock, they’re pulling out all the stops – expanding out into the street with a ‘Mini-Market’.
“We have clothes, books, art, performances from singer/songwriters, and a free sausage sizzle – with or without onion! Oh, and records too.”
103 Darby Street, Cooks Hill
Your one stop shop for those exclusive RSD releases. Past years has seen people line up outside the shop to get their hands on special one-off releases that Record Store Day have become infamous for. This year’s exclusive releases include The Cure, Black Angels, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Nico, The War On Drugs, The Smiths, Robert Johnson, Stevie Nicks, and David Bowie
“We will also be giving away free posters from the likes of Real Estate, Rolling Stones and The XX with any music purchase on the day (while stocks last), plus a limited edition heavy weight canvas Abicus record bag with the first 25 RSD purchases, filled with $60+ worth of goodness. Oh and we’re having a lucky door prize for all the early birds too.”
Black Pug Records
80 Maitland Road, Islington
Black Pug Records has moved location in the last calendar year, now nestled inside the walls of the heritage-listed Regent Theatre on the corner of Maitland Road and Beaumont Street. However, not much else has changed – Black Pug is still offering a selection of new, used, and local releases.
“So we are having a 30% storewide sale on the day, but to get the 30% there is a bit of a catch – a friend of ours is involved in a charity walk for The Team Adz Fundraiser, a local charity supporting a man fighting Motor Neurone Disease. So there is a gold-coin donation to get the 30% off storewide.”
The Famous Rock Shop
517 Hunter Street, Newcastle
Famous indeed, The Rock Shop has been an icon on Hunter Street for decades. Although it’s not known primarily as a record store, it does carry a fair amount of new, old, and rare stock – with a focus on the slightly heavier side of stuff. Plus, they will be getting in exclusive Record Store Day releases.
“Every day we have had deliveries coming from all the companies. Hopefully we ordered the right things, but we have a large selection regardless. We have new and old stock, and we have some really rare stuff too”
The Book Buff
10 Belford Street, Broadmeadow
Open from 9am til Noon on Record Store Day, The Book Buff is perfect for crate diggers. With a large selection of 2nd hand and used stock; covering the genres of Pop & Rock from all the decades. There’s a bargain to be found for anyone here.
The Mosh Pit
272 Main Road, Cardiff
Coffee and music, is there a better combination? The Mosh Pit in Cardiff is half record store/half coffee bar. So it’s the perfect pit stop if you’re looking to hit multiple record stores on the day. Opening at 7am until 2pm, they have a whole bunch of 2nd hand records, with a focus on your icons and classics.
“We have free coffee for anyone who spends over $40 in the shop, and we are hoping to have a little live music too.”
29 King Street, Raymond Terrace
Stella Records in Raymond Terrace has a huge selection of both new and 2nd hand vinyl. Open from 10am until 2pm on the day, Stella Records also deals in CDs, DVDS, and pop culture items.
Shop 4, 302-305 The Entrance Road, Long Jetty
For those on the Central Coast, there’s no reason you have to miss out. Sound Exchange will have over 150 exclusive Record Store Day releases from the likes of everyone from Avenged Sevenfold to Toto. They’re opening at 10am, but expect the queue to be forming before that! Plus, Trouble In Paradise will be performing live on the street. Not only that, you can expect some surprises thrown in.
“We have a few special guests turning up – we have Ace Frehley and Paul Stanley from KISS, we have David Bowie, Lady Gaga, Elvis Presley. The queue starts forming pretty early, so if you want the exclusive stuff you have to get in pretty early.”