Record store day

Record Store Day 2017 in Manchester

Chris Horkan, Music Editor

Record Store Day brings together hundreds of the UK’s independent record shops to celebrate their unique culture and the art of music – with Manchester’s Piccadilly Records and Eastern Bloc at the forefront of the day’s activities.

Exclusive vinyl releases this year include a previously-unheard demo of The Smiths’ The Boy With The Thorn In His Side, as well as limited editions from Elbow, Blossoms and Cabbage. Participating shops often host live music and in-store events to celebrate the day.

Local independent venues including CommonSoup Kitchen and Gorilla support Record Store Day too, with live music showcases throughout the day and night.

Here are our top 6 picks

  • 1. Record Store Day at Piccadilly Records

    Record Store Day at Piccadilly Records, Manchester, 22 April 2017, free entry - Visit now

    The most visible sign that Record Store Day has returned is the queue that forms along Oldham Street for Piccadilly Records. Music fans happily brave the elements (and Friday-night-out crowds) in order to bag that ultra limited edition vinyl before it sells out – with Piccadilly Records booking guest DJs throughout the day to keep the RSD buzz going.

  • 2. Record Store Day at Eastern Bloc

    Record Store Day at Eastern Bloc at Eastern Bloc Records, Manchester, 22–23 April 2017, free entry - Visit now

    Around the corner on Stevenson Square, the city’s mecca for dance music fans throws an epic 19-hour-long party – featuring over 20 DJs from Manchester and farther afield. You can also purchase special RSD releases while you party right through to 4am.

  • 3. Record Store Day live at Soup Kitchen

    Peaness, by Debbie Ellis

    Record Store Day live at Soup Kitchen at Soup Kitchen, Manchester, 22 April 2017, from £3.00 - Find Out More

    The ‘original’ Record Store Day all-dayer takes place across the square at Soup Kitchen. While record shoppers inspect their prized purchases upstairs, the basement venue hosts some of the hottest bands around – including Ill, Peaness and Kyotoya. Well worth the £3 entry fee.

  • 4. Record Store Day at Common

    Courtesy of Common

    Record Store Day at Common Bar, Manchester, 22–23 April 2017, free entry - Visit now

    Head to Edge Street from 5pm to try out a limited edition Record Store Day beer – brewed by Cloudwater in collaboration with Common and Piccadilly Records – and to enjoy live music from the likes of Former Bullies and Wedding, as well as Piccadilly Records DJs throughout the evening.

  • 5. Heaven on Earth at Hallé St Peter’s

    Heaven on Earth at Hallé St Peter’s, Ancoats, 22–23 April 2017, from £8.00 - Book now

    While not specifically Record Store Day-themed, this 12-hour takeover of one of the city centre’s hidden gems features a record fair and a great selection of live music from the likes of Matthew Whitaker, Hey Bulldog and OLA – as well as Cracking Good Food and Seven Bro7hers Brewery stalls. Handily, Hallé St Peter’s is located just a few minutes from Manchester’s RSD hub, Oldham Street.

  • 6. Manchester Punk Festival 2017

    Martha, by Steven Landles Photography

    Manchester Punk Festival at Gorilla, Manchester, 20–22 April 2017, from £30.00 - Book now

    With its inaugural outing last year selling out in advance, Manchester Punk Festival is already becoming a firm fixture on the city’s music calendar. Beginning on Thursday 20 April, the three-day festival culminates on Record Store Day with the likes of Martha, Belvedere, Braindead and Paint It Black playing at six venues including Gorilla, Sound Control, Retro Bar and more.

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