Sound Records in Douglas is gearing up for the biggest event in every vinyl-lover’s calendar as Saturday is Record Store Day.
Located on Wellington Street, just beside M&S, having moved just six months ago, this is the first time Sound Records will be hosting the annual event from their new, larger premises ー just in time for the Record Store Day’s fifteenth anniversary.
Sound Records will be carrying a wide selection of the hundreds of special editions, reissues and rarities on offer. Demand from the island’s customers in particular is high for titles from Alice In Chains, Blur, The Cure, The Damned, Madness, The Offspring, Taylor Swift and Ultravox.
Customers are also invited to explore the thousands of new and used records already on the shelves at Sound Records. In addition, coffee, tea, cold drinks, pastries (and maybe even free beer) will be available from the shop’s new refreshments menu.
Since starting as a Record Store Day ambassador in 2018, the popularity of the event has been steadily building at Sound Records year-on-year, reflecting the trend of global vinyl resurgence.
Owner Jack Doyle said: ‘It’s a really nice day in-store, and the support from the public has always been great, with lots of happy faces.’
RSD releases will be available in-store on a first-come, first-served basis. The shop will be open an hour early, from 9am. Last year, there were queues outside the door from before 7am, so get your alarms set!
Record Store Day was established in the USA in 2008 as a way of celebrating the culture of independently-owned record shops and the communities which grow up both within and around them. It’s since spread to the British Isles, much of Western Europe, Australia, Japan and Mexico. It’s seen as one of the catalysts for the vinyl revival of the last few years, and is the biggest trading day of the year for many stores.