Record Store Day is a vinyl lover’s answer to the Boxing Day Sales. Fortunately for shopkeepers, there’s less shoving and far more comradery. For record stores of all sizes, this annual spike in sales is vital for survival.
“It’d been getting bigger and bigger every year,” says Nick Kennedy of Red Eye Records. “There tends to be lines around the block [when we open].”
RSD has been celebrated on the third Saturday of April since 2007. Most outlets have store-wide deals, and stock limited-edition RSD prints. Hard-core collectors even sleep out overnight for their chance to own a one-in-a-hundred vinyl release.
“You can’t buy them online or pre-order them,” Kennedy says. “The whole thing is you can’t get them any other way than walking into a bricks-and-mortar record store.”
We’ve asked Sydney’s favourite vinyl vendors how they’re celebrating RSD.
Red Eye Records
Red Eye is taking 20 per cent off all second-hand vinyl. It will also have a good supply of limited-edition RSD releases, which are shrouded in mystery until Saturday. Be warned – there may be an enormous queue. 143 York Street, Sydney Open Saturday from 8am–6pm
Repressed will pull out “rare warehouse finds” of Australian music. It also has hundreds of second-hand records and special stock. 413 King Street, Newtown Open Saturday from 9am–7pm
Revolve Records and Relics
This lovable Erko shoebox will stock plenty of second-hand stock, about 40–50 crates’ worth. It will also have new and reissue vinyl. To accommodate the stacks of new stock, Revolve will be setting up a stall in the quadrangle. 3/65 Erskineville Road, Erskineville Open Saturday from 9am–7pm
The Record Store
The Record Store is the only vinyl vendor in Sydney specialising in DJ culture and mixing. “We’ve only ordered normal things at normal price points,” says Stefan Gyora. “Not just old shit that should never see the light of day again.” For RSD, The Record Store has exclusive Australian releases, including a limited seven-inch mix from Plastic World. There will also be two live DJ sets in the afternoon. 255B Crown Street, Darlinghurst Open Saturday from 10am–6pm DJ sets between 1pm–3pm and 3pm–5pm
TITLE and Golden Age Cinema & Bar
TITLE will stock limited RSD releases. If you’re more interested in listening to vinyl than buying it, then head to Golden Age Cinema. The TITLE DJs will spin a free set at the bar from 7pm. There will also be screenings of Pretty in Pink and Empire Records, to celebrate cinema that’s vaguely related to RSD. TITLE: 499 Crown Street, Surry Hills Open Saturday from 10am–6pm. Golden Age Cinema: 80 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills. DJ set starts 7pm Saturday, more details are available here
Rolling Records in Lithgow
George Pizer is Sydney’s only travelling vinyl salesman. On RSD he’s driving to Lithgow and setting up his truck at The Kingdom of Ironfest. It’s the biggest medieval recreation festival in Australia. If you’re attending Ironfest, but still want to celebrate RSD, this will be very convenient. “It’s quite nice on Record Store Day to go to a town with no records in it,” Pizer says. “They put me at the front gate, I just sit there and watch the knights walk past all day.” Rolling Records will be parked at the Entrance of The Kingdom of Ironfest in Lithgow, from 9am–6pm.