As most of you are well aware, this year’s Record Store Day has been shifted from 18th April to 20th June in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. With record shops currently closed and therefore suffering from loss of income, this is likely to have a detrimental effect on our places of musical solace when things eventually start getting back to normal.
So, with Record Store Day on its current hiatus, the organisers are still thinking of ways we can support our local record stores this weekend, which should have been the date the event was taking place.
Record Store Day America has teamed up with the makers of new vinyl documentary, Vinyl Nation. The new documentary focuses on the resurgence of the format, the culture of collectors, and the stores that sell and love this ever-lasting medium for music. To help out record stores, tickets for the documentary can be bought online and once purchased, the documentary will be available to watch for 24 hours from 18th April 2020. All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to the record stores that are participating in the programme.
Another incentive that is running is #RSDFillTheGap. In order to celebrate your local record stores, the hashtag campaign is to be used on social media to encourage vinyl lovers to pledge to buying a record from their local record store that is currently missing from their collection. Many of the participating record shops also have online counterparts from which you can purchase your record in order to support them in this hard time.
With so much going on at the moment, music is one thing that everyone can still enjoy, and even if you can’t afford to support your local record store at the moment, show them a bit of love on social media!