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In Pictures: Record Store Day 2015 (London)

Love it or hate it, it’s more popular than ever…

The figures released this week (compiled by BuzzAngle Music) revealed a 628% growth in sales at independent record shops on Record Store Day (Saturday, April 18th) in comparison to the previous Saturday (April 11th). Overall that was a 3.3% growth on the previous year’s numbers – with artists such as Metallica, Johnny Cash, Run The Jewels and The White Stripes all featuring in the top 50 best selling vinyl titles. Although the power of Record Store Day as a sales and marketing platform for shops and record labels is plain to see, how are things fairing for smaller independent record labels and their artists? On the surface, a yearly celebration of vinyl appears to be a positive thing all round, but as Record Store Day continues to grow, as have the number of people beginning to really question the benefits of the occasion. Does it train customers to ignore the rest of the year? Are the shops too busy to actually buy records? Is it just an excuse to get pissed? Are secondary sellers more likely to benefit? Have big labels and big releases squeezed out the smaller independent labels the event was supposed to support in the first place?

Bearing all this in mind we decided to check out two parts of the picture this year, kicking off the day in Soho at Phonica, Sounds of the Universe, Sister Rays and the lively street parties stretching throughout. Then onwards to Peckham where the three main record stores (Rye Wax, Do You and YAM) had decided to shun Record Store Day’s official releases in favour of ‘Everyday Is Record Store Day’, where the emphasis was placed on the wealth of quality labels local to South London. A decision we respect to the fullest. Perhaps an emerging pattern for RSD 2016?

Below are a selection of photos taken throughout the day…

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Photography: Josh Thomas