As many of you will be aware, there have been big changes this year in terms of the plan for Record Store Day. The original date of Saturday 18th April has now been replaced by 3 “RSD Drops” and the first of these takes place on Saturday 29th August.
Although it’s a different plan this year, there are still some very special limited edition releases on the way and we will be selling them on a first come first served basis.
The full list of releases will be on sale over the counter only from 8am on Saturday 29th August. However, all remaining unsold stock will go online at 6pm on the same date.
We have had to make some very difficult decisions to ensure that we have control of the number of people who queue up outside the shop. Social distancing and customer/staff safety is of paramount importance so we have had to put very strict rules in place.
There will be 2 “invitation only” queues; one will be between 8am and 9am and the other 9am to 10am. After that we will have a normal queue with social distancing measures in place and a door control system.
Customers are invited to enter a ballot for the 2 early entry queues. All you need to do is email the shop ([email protected]) with subject header “Record Store Day”. We will contact all successful applicants with further details one week before the event takes place.
If you are on one of those lists you will be required to go to a registration desk which will be situated in the entrance to Headrow House and will be open from 7am on Saturday 29th August. Your name will be checked off on the list and you can then join the queue. Hand sanitising gel will be available on the desk and in the shop. Please do not arrive before 7am. One of the main purposes of this system is to ensure people aren’t in close proximity to each other for too long. If you are on the list you have a guaranteed spot in the queue, so there is no need to arrive early.
Full stock lists with prices will become available in the week running up to Record Store Day and stock will be filed behind the counter. As in previous years we ask people to be ready with their requests for when they get to the counter. If possible please bring a bag (or bags!) for your Record Store Day purchases to go in to.
If you are not on one of the lists, we are opening the queue up to everyone from 10am. There will be social distancing measures in place of course and a door control system in operation. Masks will be required to be worn when entering the shop, but we also recommend that they are used when standing in the queue. We will continue to sell Record Store Day releases throughout the day on a first come first served basis. However, we will be closing the shop at 5pm in preparation for online sales from 6pm onwards.
We are hopeful that there will be a good selection of stock going online at 6pm, so anyone who feels at all uncomfortable or anxious about standing in a queue (totally understandable of course) should go on our website then.
Record Store Day rules will still be in place. Nobody can have more than 1 copy of any of the releases. However, there are no real restrictions on the number of different titles you can purchase.
Customers cannot pre-order or reserve stock even if they have been allocated a place in one of the early bird queues. All releases are subject to availability.
As in previous years we are trying to get as much stock as possible of the limited edition RSD releases and are hopeful that if you visit the shop or go on our website you will get what you are looking for.