This Saturday (18th of April) is Record Store Day. Whether you’re desperate for that extortionate White Stripes re-release, or just fancy visiting all the record shops Edinburgh has to offer, there is something for everyone. Record Store Day is there to celebrate the independent record shop, and Edinburgh has a wealth of them, all offering something special and catering for pretty much all music tastes.
For those of you who are desperate to get your hands on Record Store Day releases you have two options. Coda, on The Mound, is opening at 8 a.m, with breakfast rolls for the first fifty arrivals. On Cockburn Street, Underground Solu’shn is also opening at 8. Across the city down in Stockbridge, Vox Box Music is opening at 9, but won’t have any of the releases, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t head down anyway, the shop is full of great records, and there might even be some free beer.
Instores are happening across the city, with pretty much every single record shop putting something on, regardless of participation in the ‘official’ day and they are all free! Here’s a rundown of everything we’ve found.
Coda are traditional and contemporary music specialists, so there line up for the day recognises this. The music kicks off with Rura at 12:30, King Eider at 1:30 and Malinky at 2:30. These free shows are a must for anyone into traditional music and folk. Plus, Coda’s carefully selected vinyl section is something really special. Find out more on their Facebook page.
Underground Solu’shn boast a vast array of dance, electro and hip hop. They also carry a great selection of indie/alternative vinyl, and their line-up for Record Store Day reflect this eclectic-ness. From 2 o’clock onwards, James Yorkston, Finitribe, Vic Galloway, Linkwood, Randolph’s Leap and The Blessings will all be heading into the shop for a variety of DJ sets and live performances. Head to the event page for more details.
Down in Stockbridge, VoxBox are carrying on their tradition of beers and great records in the shop, and great bands in a pub across the road. This year sees eight acts from across Scotland taking part in the festivities. From 12-6 you can watch, Supermoon, The Holy Ghosts, Tuff Love, Miracle Strip, Poor Things, Delta Mainline, Randolph’s Leap and Garden of Elks. Head to the event page for more details.
Along Leith Walk, Elvis Shakespeare are hosting three bands in the shop. From 2 until 4, head down to see The Cathode Ray, Filth Spector and King Eider. Head to the event page for more details.
The Living Mountain
Hidden away in Summerhall, The Living Mountain is a new fixture in Edinburgh’s record shops. It hosts a carefully selected, avant-garde array of records. They’re open until 8 p.m on Record Store Day, with beer from Barney’s, pancakes and rarities. Head to the event page for more details.
We’ll be running across the city to watch our favourites and pick up as many records as we can, probably with beer in hand too.