After two years of being a pretty light affair, Record Store Day is back up and running this Saturday (April 23) to celebrate the festival’s 15th anniversary, with more than 260 independent record stores in action. .
Outside all special edition releases Coming soon to mark the RSD, there will also be a whole weekend program of events: live music, day parties, DJ sets, prizes, limited edition giveaways, autographed CD copies and more.
London is absolutely bursting with incredible record stores, so if you’re not sure where to start, check out our guide to the city’s best record stores. Then here’s our breakdown of the best events happening on Saturday. Keep in mind that there is a potential for queues, and if you can reserve one, we recommend doing so to avoid disappointment on that day.
Shrubs & Dubs
What’s more fun than buying a record and getting a free tree? Not much, which is why we’re so excited for this event at Hackney’s Shrubs & Dubs. Plant and vinyl experts will give away a free shrub with every record purchase. Free tote bags are also being sought.
61a Hackney Road, E2 7NX, shrubsanddubs.co.uk
This store event in south-east London will be bigger than ever for its RSD 2022 event. Deadletter, Island of Love and Ry-Guy will stream, while Father Phoenix, Alex Curran and guests will take to the floor to shoot some reggae, funk, soul and more. There will be a limited edition B-Side Beer on sale from Meantime Brewery. This event is free, but make sure you book your tickets in advance.
133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST, peckhamsoul.co.uk
Heading down to Flashback Records’ east London outpost to see a performance by London jazz rapper Goya Gumbani, who will be streaming live in store? Gumbani recently toured with Jay Electronica and Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA so it’s impossible to miss.
131 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG, flashback.co.uk
Brixton’s Lion Vibes record store will welcome reggae label Room In The Sky on Saturday to take over the venue. Expect some trumpet plays from Room In The Sky’s Kevin Davy, as well as appearances by reggae singer Winston Reedy and Chosen Few’s AJ Franklin. There are also some signed files for grabs.
98 Granville Arcade, Brixton Village, SW9 8PS, Lionvibes.com
Greenwich’s Casbah Profile will have live music from 2:30 p.m., though the store will be open from 8 a.m. The Spang Sisters will perform and there will be a raffle (with proceeds going to the Refugees and Guides for the Blind charities) plus free beer from Meantime brewery for 20 attendees first and a free tote bag for the first 30 people.
320-322 Creel Road, SE10 9SW, casbahrecords.co.uk
British folk rock band Treetop Flyers will be performing an acoustic set at this south-west London store. Elsewhere, there will be specialty coffees, autographed artwork and even a one-time autographed photo of Nick’s Cave, which will be auctioned off with proceeds to support the effort. Ukraine’s humanitarian force. The party will then be moved to Micro Beers in East Sheen, from 6pm to 11pm.
Lane 49 Sheen, SW14 8AB, levelcrossingrecords.com
Lion Coffee & Records
At Lower Clapton’s Lion Records, there’s a whole day of festivities, starting at 1pm. So far, the lineup includes Heartworms, Human Interest, Video Blue, Great Western, Hatty Taylor and Lo Barnes, with vinyl DJs filling the void.
118a Lower Clapton Road, E5 0QR, Lioncoffeerecords.com