Record Store Day 2022 in London: when is RSD, releases list, and events at independent stores near me

Artists such as Sam Fender are releasing special vinyls on the day.
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One of the biggest dates in the music calendar, Record Store Day 2022 is almost here.

Some of the biggest names in the music industry such as Sam Fender, The Cure, Happy Mondays, Blondie and more release special vinyls to celebrate the day.

In the UK in 2021, it is reported that five million records were sold, a record high and the best selling year for vinyl records since 1990.

And in the United States, vinyl records have continued to grow for the 16th consecutive year, a 51 percent increase from 2020.

When is Record Store Day 2022?

The highly anticipated day this year is on Saturday, 23 April 2022.

What is Record Store Day?

Record Store Day is a day where over 260 independent record stores across the UK come together.

It brings together fans, record stores and artists from all over the world, creating a day dedicated to supporting and celebrating vinyls and the stores that sell them.

This year marks the 14th year that Record Store Day has been held, after first occurring in 2008, as of this year, there are record numbers of participating stores on every continent bar Antarctica.

What is the release list for 2022?

The list for 2022 has been released, with many new releases announced, some of them include:

  • Revelations - Albert Ayler
  • Live 1979 - Bad Company 
  • Trailer Park - Beth Orton
  • Baby Don’t You Know - Bobbi Humphrey
  • Full Court Press - Calvin Keys
  • How Could I Just Kill A Man - Cypress Hill
  • Foolish Seasons - Dana Gillespie
  • The DNA of DMA - Dave Allen
  • The Complete Thom Bell Sessions - Elton John
  • Bangs and Crashes - Go West
  • Heart Tax - JennyLee
  • Acoustics - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  • My Beauty - Kevin Rowland

This is just a very brief snippet of the whole list, which can be found on the official Record Store Day website, by clicking ‘download list’.

What events are happening at record stores near me in London?

  • Rough Trade East

This year Rough Trade East will provide a pop-up where the bulk of the special RSD stock will be sold, to leave the main shop open for general browsing and live music celebrations.

The store will open at 8am, and there will be live music from the likes of Theon Cross, Tatyna A.R Kane sounds and more from 1pm.

Address: Draywalk, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6Q - https://www.roughtrade.com/

  • Shrubs and Dubs

A very niche store that combines selling plants and records, one of a kind.

To celebrate RSD, everyone who purchases a record will also receive a complimentary shrub, and free tote bags will also be given away.

Address: 61A Hackney Rd, London E2 7NX - https://www.shrubsanddubs.co.uk/

  • Flashback Records - Shoreditch

Goya Gumbani will play a special SP-404 live in-store at Flashback Records in Shoreditch.

He boasts an impressive CV, touring with Jay Electronica and GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Address: 131 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG - https://flashback.co.uk/21-1758117-569552-s.html

  • Casbah Records

Live music from the Spang Sisters at 2:30pm, and a raffle with prizes is just the tip of the iceberg for the many events for the day.

All proceeds will go to the refuge and guide dogs for the blind charities, and the first 20 people arriving will be offered a free beer from Meantime Brewery, whilst the first 30 people arriving will receive free custom design tote bags and badges.

Address: 320-322 Creek Rd, London SE10 9SW - https://www.casbahrecords.co.uk/