Another year has gone by which means yet another Record Store Day - a time marked in the calendar to shine a spotlight on the role of independent record stores and celebrate its culture.
Always a busy time as thousands rush out to take advantage of the special and exclusive vinyl releases, as well as taking part in various events and visiting local shops.
Here is everything you need to know about Record Store Day 2022 and how to celebrate it in Bristol.
When is Record Store Day 2022?
Record Store Day returns to its springtime home in 2022.
It is celebrated on Saturday, 23 April.
What is Record Store Day?
Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 260 independent record stores from across the country come together to celebrate their culture.
The event was established in 2007 during a gathering of independent record store owners, with the first event taking place on 19 April 2008.
Usually, it is celebrated through special vinyl releases that are exclusive to the day.
Record stores will normally mark the occasion by hosting live artist performances and other events.
Record Store Day is also celebrated on a global level.
An event that brings musicians, record stores, its staff, and its customers together to spotlight the role of these music hubs in their local communities.
What is the release list for Record Store Day 2022?
During Record Store Day, a vast list of a variety of different vinyls are released exclusively for the event.
Here is a list of some of the special vinyl releases for Record Store Day 2022:
- 50 Foot Wave - Power + Light
- Ace of Base - All That She Wants
- Ade - It’s Just Wind
- Blondie - Sunday Girl EP
- Elton John - The Complete Thom Bell Sessions
- Elvis Presley - Blondes, Brunes & Rousses
- John Williams - The Cowboy Original Soundtrack
- Mariah Carey - #1’s
- Motorhead - The Lost Tapes Vol.2
- Sam Fender - Alright/The Kitchen (Live)
And many more - for a full list of all exclusive vinyl releases, visit the Record Store Day website.
Bear in mind that not all record shops will have access to every title, and due to manufacturing delays, some titles could arrive late.
Are there any Record Store Day 2022 events at independent record shops in Bristol?
The following are three examples of events taking place for Record Store Day 2022 in Bristol:
Record Store Day 2022 @ Rough Trade
Saturday, 23 April - Doors open at 8 am
For the first time in two years, the Rough Trade record store in Bristol is back in full swing for Record Store Day 2022.
There will be live music at the store from 10:30 am to 10 pm, including a number of DJs, bands and artists.
The cafe and accompanying bar will be open throughout the day too.
Rough Trade Bristol, 3 New Bridewell, Nelson Street
Record Store Day 2022 @ Propaganda Bristol
Saturday, 23 April to Sunday, 24 April - from 11 am to 4 am
£5.00 per ticket plus booking fees
A pure celebration of music and vinyl records, this Record Store Day event features Propoganda’s DJs that have played sets across the country.
With a self-proclaimed ‘unrivalled audio-visual mix’ featuring the likes of Billie Eilish, Arctic Monkeys, The 1975 and much more, the fun does not end there - drinks start at £1!
The Fleece, 12 St Thomas Street, Redcliffe, BS1 6JJ
Black Gold Vinyl Fair - A Record Store Day Special
Saturday, 23 April - from 12 pm to 11:30 pm
Back bigger and better than ever, the Black Gold Vinyl Fair is a pure celebration for those that enjoy vinyl and DJ culture.
Known to provide platforms for up-and-coming musicians and artists, this event not only has live music but panel talks too.
Festival food, snacks and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are available.
Lost Horizon Arts Centre & Bar, 1-3 Elton Street, St Jude’s
What are some of the best independent record stores in Bristol?
Here are some examples of independent record stores in Bristol that you can visit on Record Store Day 2022:
- Wanted Records - St Nicholas Market, BS1 1HQ (www.wantedrecords.co.uk/)
- Idle Hands Records - 32a City Road, BS2 8TP (www.idlehandsbristol.com/)
- Rough Trade - 3 New Bridewell, BS1 2QD (www.roughtrade.com/)
- Astro Vinyl - 68 Park Row, BS1 5LE (07900 544768)
- Friendly Records - 59 North Street, BS3 1ES (www.friendlyrecords.co.uk/)
To find out if your local record store is taking part at all during Record Store Day, enter your location in the finder on the website.