In what is always a busy time, people in their thousands can be seen rushing out to stand in queues in the early hours of the morning, desperate to take advantage of the special and exclusive vinyl releases.
Participants of Record Store Day also like to visit local independent record shops and support them.
Here is everything you need to know about Record Store Day 2022 and how to celebrate it in and across Birmingham.
When is Record Store Day 2022?
Record Store Day returns to the spring season in 2022.
It is celebrated on Saturday, 23 April.
What is Record Store Day?
The one day of the year that brings the whole music industry together, Record Store Day celebrates the culture of over 250 independent record stores across the UK.
Established in 2007 during a gathering of independent record store owners and employees discussing how to celebrate vinyl culture, the first event took place on 19 April 2008.
It is usually celebrated through special vinyl releases that are exclusively released by artists, big and small, on the day.
Record stores can mark the occasion by hosting entertainment such as live artist performances and other events and activities.
Record Store Day is also celebrated on a global scale.
This event brings musicians, record stores, its staff, and its customers together to spotlight the role of these music hubs in their local communities.
What is the release list for Record Store Day 2022?
During Record Store Day, a vast list of a variety of different vinyls are released exclusively for the event.
Here is a list of some of the special vinyl releases for Record Store Day 2022:
- 50 Foot Wave - Power + Light
- Ace of Base - All That She Wants
- Ade - It’s Just Wind
- Blondie - Sunday Girl EP
- Elton John - The Complete Thom Bell Sessions
- Elvis Presley - Blondes, Brunes & Rousses
- John Williams - The Cowboy Original Soundtrack
- Mariah Carey - #1’s
- Motorhead - The Lost Tapes Vol.2
- Sam Fender - Alright/The Kitchen (Live)
And many more - for a full list of all exclusive vinyl releases, visit the Record Store Day website.
Bear in mind that not all record shops will have access to every title, and due to manufacturing delays, some titles could arrive late or have limited availability.
What are some of the best independent record stores in Birmingham?
Here are the three independent record stores in the city of Birmingham that you can visit on Record Store Day 2022:
This independent record store in the heart of the city has served some great musical minds across its 42-year history: including Neil Diamond, The Foo Fighters and Franz Ferdinand.
With a wide and growing selection of vinyl records available to be purchased on Record Store Day - why not celebrate this big music event by visiting this Birmingham independent shop.
The store is open 11 am to 5 pm, but only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays - so good news, it is open for Record Store Day in 2022!
66 Dalton Street, Birmingham, B4 7LX
Ignite Record Store
Ignite Record Store has a vast and quality selection of different vinyls from various genres at affordable prices.
Tucked away in The Square Shopping Centre, what this store lacks in sheer size it more than makes up for in personality and product range.
Opening hours for this establishment include: 10 am to 5:30 pm (Monday to Friday), 10 am to 6 pm (Saturday) and closed on Sunday.
So why not pay them a visit this Record Store Day in 2022.
110-114 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6SX
Polar Bear Records
Rated highly on Google Reviews at 4.9/5 stars, customers who visit Polar Bear Records boast about its friendly atmosphere and vast variety of genres and selections of vinyl records.
This Kings Heath independent record store operates at the following opening times: 12 pm to 6 pm (Wednesday to Friday), 11 am to 6 pm (Saturdays) and closed (Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays).
10 York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7RZ
0121 441 5202