Soho-based record shop Sister Ray held a day-long street party on London’s Berwick Street yesterday (April 20) to celebrate Record Store Day.
The shop, which saw people queuing from 10.30pm the night before to purchase a host of special, limited-edition Record Store Day releases, hosted a stage in the middle of the street with a selection of free performances throughout the day.
Steve Mason played early in the day whilst the likes of Smoke Fairies, Matthew E White and post-punk legends Wire also performed.
Frank Turner, who is currently gracing NME‘s special Record Store Day cover, also drew a huge crowd stretching down the street for his set. Running through the likes of ‘Losing Days’, ‘Photosynthesis’ and a cover of Tom Jones hit ‘Delilah’, Turner and his mandolin player were greeted with huge cheers throughout.
Berwick Street also had a number of Record Store Day themed events going on, with neighbouring shop Sounds Of The Universe also hosting a selection of DJs and art shop Cass Arts providing a ‘draw your own record sleeve’ stall.
Speaking to people around Sister Ray, Record Store Day attendees were positive about the event. Finn, 18 from London, had come looking to buy The White Stripes’ ‘Elephant’ and The Horrors/TOY split single, and enthused that “The weather has made it, plus it’s really packed around here and a nice vibe. I got some vinyl for a present when I was about 14 and it’s just become a habit now.” Tom, 29 from Camden, meanwhile said, “Whether it’s music or anything else, I think it’s important to support independent shops in general. This is the second year I’ve been to Record Store Day and the first year I’ve queued (I’ve been here for about two hours); it’s been worth it this year.”
Popular vinyls on the day included The White Stripes, Peace’s smiley face picture disc of ‘California Daze’, Pulp’s Soulwax remix of ‘After You’ and, of course, the very limited pressing of David Bowie’s ‘The Stars (Are Out Tonight)/ Where Are We Now?’ 7″ – taken from recent release ‘The Next Day’.