Record Store Day is coming back to Dundalk…
Record Store Day is an annual event inaugurated in 2007, now in its 10th year. It aims to “celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store”. The day brings together fans, artists, and thousands of independent record stores across the world. Classified Records has been confirmed as an official participant in world famous Record Store Day, returning to Dundalk on Saturday 22nd April.
This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on. In 2008 a small list of titles was released on Record Store Day and that list has grown to include artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point. In 2015, 60% of the Record Store Day Official Release List came from independent labels and distributors. The list continues to include a wide range of artists, covering the diverse taste of record stores and their customers. While there’s only one Record Store Day a year, the organisation works with both independent and major labels throughout the year to create contests, special releases and promotions in order to spotlight the benefits of supporting these independent, locally owned stores with music purchases throughout the year.
Among the exclusive material up for grabs this year are releases by Pink Floyd, Iggy Pop, Neil Young, Prince, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Bowie, U2, Sex Pistols & many, many more….the list of available records will be embargoed until the day itself.
Classified Records will open early at 9am on April 22 to facilitate keen collectors and on the day there will be some exclusive one-off discount offers on some popular instore stock albums. There will also be a live DJ sets instore by local superstar DJs on the day and with a thriving vinyl collectors’ community in the area, owner Neil Waters is advising to get down early to avoid disappointment.
“Record Store Day is a huge global event. It’s truly a special day for vinyl collectors everywhere. It’s massive for everyone involved and we’re very proud to be able to bring this event to Dundalk again. With such a vibrant music scene in the area, this event adds to the bubbling fountains of creativity”.
“It’s important that we keep Dundalk on the map musically, we’ve carved out a great name for the area in terms of the musical output of the last 6-7 years and this a major plus to the north-east region. People all over the country are sitting up and taking notice of Dundalk’s music scene and we here at Classified Records are extremely proud to be able to keep the momentum going”.
“We’ve been very busy purchasing vinyl titles from all over the northern hemisphere in order to have a terrific selection of records available for the big day. Our aim to is ‘wow’ people with a range of mega-rare records by multiple artists, bringing an unparalleled uniqueness to the day. We’re calling it ‘The Vinyl Cup Final”.
“Music lovers all have a lot in common naturally. We gravitate towards music as a solution and an answer to life’s little problems. Music can heal, music can replace, music can shine a light when once darkness reigned. Music has no borders, racial confides or fake social standing; there is no such thing as winning or losing. Anyone who calls into the shop already has a lot in common with us; we all love music in our lives”.
“The vinyl revolution is well underway here in Dundalk and yet this rebirth owes so much to what happened down the years. Dundalk has a great musical pedigree and we’re pretty hardcore about our passions up here. The town has garnered a fantastic reputation nationwide for producing great music, unconstrained by society’s conventions and that’s something we can all be proud of; players and punters alike”.
As well as for the life-long collector of vinyl, Record Store Day is a great opportunity for anyone looking to start collecting vinyl. “We get all kinds of people buying records; young and old, newbies and veterans alike. We do our best to cover as many genres as possible, keeping the vinyl bays in the shop freshly stocked up at all times. It’s a continually-evolving thing but we’ll always aim to impress customers with our vinyl range”.
“Sometimes a record can be worth buying just for the sake of it. Some days you just have to buy a record, your mood demands it. Collecting vinyl is a vice, but a very welcome one, there are worse things to be addicted to”, said Neil. Classified Records will be celebrating Record Store Day on Saturday April 22, 2016, with doors opening at 9am. Exclusive albums are subject to the rules of World Record Day release and cannot be revealed or reserved before April 22.
For more information contact Neil Waters in Classified Records at +353 42 9386406.
To find out more about Record Store Day visit http://www.recordstoreday.com/
To find out more about Classified Records visit: http://www.classifiedrecords.ie