For those who are unaware of the significance of Saturday 16 April and begin to wonder if they’re missing out on something after seeing the snakes of eager faces overflowing from the entrances of Piccadilly Records and Easter Bloc: they’re right. That date marks the 9th Record Store Day; where 200 independent record shops on our turf (and plenty, plenty more around the world) dish out exclusive vinyl releases. A full list of releases can be found here but it might interest you to know that two of Bowie’s picture discs are being reissued, there’ll be a newly recorded version of Patti Smith’s Horses and Alan Partridge has made the cut with two episodes of the classic Knowing Me Knowing You from Radio 4. Various venues and bars are joining in on the celebrations, and here’s our top three:

Soup Kitchen: Hot Vestry, Ghost Outfit + more live acts
The bar/venue’s all-dayer that comes in conjunction with RSD is almost as synonymous as the event itself. Well-placed amongst NQ’s cluster of record shops, the venue puts a focus on some of the North West’s finest musical outputs, and the bill also includes Mother, Mums, Black Lung and Werk. They’ve got craft ales to wash down with hearty home-made meals and DJs to deliver sonic delights, so stay a while.
31-33 Spear Street, M1 1DF, 4-10.15pm, £3,

The Deaf Institute: RSD Afterparty w/Horsebeach, Blooms + more, Piccadilly Records and Family Tree DJs
Where best to commiserate/boast about your earlier purchases with other music lovers than at one of the city’s most diverse venues? You might have spent more hours than you’d care to admit queuing for some select exclusives, but don’t rest your feet; move your feet to the aforementioned unmissable Manchester bands. Also performing are Move and Sprinters, and there’ll be sets from the guys at Piccadilly Records and Family Tree.
135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE, 6.30pm-3am, £4,

Joshua Brooks: Tussle vs Doodle 
Two Manchester promoters offer a heavier late-night affair for this year’s RSD. Adept at bringing to punters high quality house, disco and techno club nights, these two have a combined history of inviting the likes of Bicep, Todd Terje and Tom Trago to Manchester. With these sorts of credentials, you can trust a party thrown by these guys.
106 Princess St, Manchester M1 6NG, 11pm-4am, FREE through Skiddle/£5 OTD,

Participating stores (in the city centre):
Piccadilly Records,  Vinyl ExchangeVinyl Revival and Eastern Bloc.

Sat 16 Apr
Edwina Chan
Published on:
Thu 14 Apr 2016