In a normal year, one day in April would see over 200 independent record shops across the country coming together on Record Store Day. However, as with many things in 2020, celebrations have had to be postponed. So, instead of one day to celebrate vinyl records and the stores that promote them, we get 3 new dates instead: 29th August, 26th September and 24th October.
Vinyl LPs were introduced in 1948 and were outsold by CDs for the first time in 1988. In the past couple of decades vinyl sales have risen with a renewed interest in the medium being sparked in 2006 with the release of albums such as Arctic Monkey’s debut, ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’.
A 25-year high was reached in 2016 vinyl with more than 3.2m LPs sold, this was a year that saw the death of many musical heroes including David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen and George Michael. The loss of these highly regarded artists is considered a large factor in 2016’s surge in vinyl sales, with fans buying mementos of their musical icons. After David Bowie’s death he became the bestselling vinyl artist of 2016.