With Easter weekend upon us, Soho’s independent record stores and retailers have teamed up to bring us one hell of an event that’s guaranteed to make this bank holiday one to remember. On Saturday 19th April Record Store Day will descend onto Berwick Street; Central London’s largest concentration of independent record stores and go-to destination for vinyl collectors since the 80s, to bring us a day of live music, vinyl culture and festivity.
As the vinyl revival continues to escalate with a total of 780,000 vinyls sold in the UK alone in 2013, the highest number in over 16 years and Record Store Day now a worldwide phenomenon, expect Berwick Street to be brimming and bustling with music lovers and bands alike as seven artists including 80s pop sensation Adam Ant and Irish Band The September Girls take to the Main Stage to bring us a free outdoor gig alongside DJs, music quizzes, and parties in stores. For the vinyl lovers, Reckless Records, Sister Ray, The Music & Video Exchange, Sounds of The Universe, BH Soho and Phonica will open their doors to the public from 8 a.m. bringing us limited edition vinyl releases and copious amounts of vinyl records to browse through across the day.
For the fashion and retail lovers Oliver Spencer will be throwing a first-rate party in store with their very own DJ, drinks and vinyl fair followed by Weekend Offender offering a generous discount on clothing and a free haircut in store for customers who make a purchase. If that isn’t enough to get you off your feet and marching down to Berwick Street already, Nudie Jeans and Foot Patel’s flagship stores will also be participating in the event and thriving throughout the day.
Amongst the DJs and in-store parties, the world street food traders from Berwick Street’s fruit and vegetable market are also proud to participate in Record Store Day catering vinyl fans with pizza, sandwiches, falafel and fresh produce. As Berwick Street is also home to some of London’s most in demand restaurants you certainly won’t be heading home this Easter weekend with an empty stomach. Polpetto will be serving Venetian dishes from their open kitchen alongside Ember Yard, a tapas restaurant inspired by Spanish and Italian methods of cooking over charcoal, delivering a menu of artisan cheese, meats and vegetarian plates.
Offering free entry to all and a stellar line up to boot, round up friends and family and head down to Berwick Street, as this year’s Record Store Day is certainly not to be missed.