For those with a passion for all things vinyl the annual Record Store Day (RSD) pilgrimage, taking place since 2008, is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year.
This year in Australia it will be happening across two separate days in June and July, with the aim of evening out congestion to ensure a COVID safe and comfortable RSD experience for everyone. Many countries are only doing RSD online this year due to their COVID situations, so we can count our blessings that we will still get the real-deal experience of visiting your local independent record store and walking out with an armful of black revolving bounty on the day.
Once again a mouth-watering array of new, rare and limited-edition records will make their way into record stores for the first time. RSD Drop 1, taking place on 12 June, will feature the biggest batch of the 2021 releases, with some of the most eagerly anticipated releases including The Cure, The Doors, Linkin Park, Beastie Boys, Prince, Steely Dan, AC/DC, Tom Petty, Rage Against The Machine and Thelonious Monk.
The second drop, taking place on 17 July, will take the form of a ‘dig for treasures day’, with some highly limited-edition records to be unveiled including The Matrix Soundtrack as well as releases by Pearl Jam, Miles Davis, The Ramones and The Sisters Of Mercy.
Your best bet for keeping abreast of RSD activities in Australia is to visit the official Oz site: recordstoreday.com.au. Here you’ll find a comprehensive round-up of all RSD 2021 releases as well as what’s happening in the lead up to and on the day.
On the Gold Coast you’ll be able to get in on the RSD action at Beatniks Records, in the Niecon Plaza in Broadbeach. Beatniks owner Jayden Faass has some words of wisdom for those planning on getting along.
“If you have your heart set on something, be sure to arrive nice and early. Every year we have a big line-up of people queuing all the way down the footpath – a few of our most eager customers get here at the crack of dawn to be first cabs off the rank.
“Once we throw open the doors, we’ll be letting in 10 people at a time to remain COVID safe and compliant. This year we’ll be stocking the greatest number of RSD titles we’ve ever had! We’ll have them all behind the counter, so make sure you have your wish list prepared before you visit.”
Above all, remember that this is a day of celebration, so revel in the joy of the revolving platter. Happy, bountiful record hunting!