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150 UK shops to take part in Record Store Day

By | Published on Monday 7 February 2011

Record Store Day

About 150 British independent record shops are due to take part in Record Store Day this year, the annual global celebration of indie music retailers which takes place for 2011 on 16 Apr.

As well as in-store events, limited edition releases and other promotions on the day, there will also be another vote for the best independent shops in the UK, though this year rather than one award for the whole of the United Kingdom, there will be separate votes for the best stores in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Organiser Spencer Hickman of London’s Rough Trade East told CMU: “Record Store Day is the perfect antidote to all the doom and gloom we hear about the music business. It’s a day of celebration fuelled by the enthusiasm of artists and fans for record stores. Last year set a very high standard for what Record Store Day can achieve. We’ll be releasing full details of RSD 2011 closer to 16 Apr, but already we have been knocked out by the great ideas coming from artists and labels. We’re all going to make sure it’s a day to remember”.

There’s more info about Record Store Day at, while you can vote for your favourite record shop at