Record Store Day has officially been delayed until June 20th due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
As with many other gatherings, festivals, gigs and concerts, Record Store Day 2020 has now been officially delayed until June 2020. The annual record store celebration which includes a plethora of special vinyl releases was supposed to take place on April 18th 2020. Due to the global panic over Covid-19 and attempts to contain the virus by shutting down events involving people of a considerable number, Record Store 2020 has followed suit and been delayed until June 20th. It is likely this date is also not set in stone and could change or be cancelled depending on the future impact of coronavirus.
Just like many other industries, the music industry is feeling the full effects of this global pandemic with gigs being cancelled, music production being hit and music release schedules being pushed back. Alicia Keys new album Alicia was supposed to be released on Friday 16th March but has now been pushed back to May. This is likely to be the first of many releases to suffer from a date change.
The worldwide crisis could especially hit vinyl production considering it was already struggling with the recent fire at the Apollo Masters manufacturing facility, one of the only two places in the world that produce the lacquer plates needed to create records.
Record Store Day have called on fans to continue supporting their local record stores in these difficult times for the music business, in the hope that many of the stores will be able to carry on trading and not cease to exist due to the loss of funds if forced to close for any period of time due to the virus. Record Store Day is one of the busiest times for independent record stores so if the event is eventually cancelled, this could really hit independent record stores hard.
We’ll keep you up-to-date on any RSD date changes or new information around the event as soon as we know.