Record Store Day announce new June date for 2021 event

"Hey record lovers, get out your diaries"

Record Store Day has announced that next year’s event will take place in June.

The annual RSD celebration is usually held in April, but it was spread across three separate dates in 2020 due to the coronavirus crisis.

Looking ahead to 2021, organisers have now confirmed that Record Store Day will return on Saturday, June 12. “Hey record lovers, get out your diaries…,” the announcement post began.

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You can see that tweet below.

The last in a trio of RSD 2020 events took place on Saturday, October 24. Fans were able to get their hands on exclusive releases from Beck and St. VincentDef LeppardEminemSuedeLou ReedThe Rolling StonesSnoop Dogg and Thin Lizzy.

Back in September, it was revealed that the first Record Store Day (held in August) resulted in a 3% rise in vinyl sales, despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing significant disruption to the retail industry.

In an interview with Music Week last month, RSD organiser Megan Page said: “While not all of these additional sales are down to RSD, it was responsible for a substantial proportion of the uplifts achieved in those weeks.”

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Record shops were forced to close their doors in March until June as a result of the national lockdown. Today (December 2), non-essential retailers have been permitted to reopen once again following England’s second lockdown, which began on November 5.

During the intervening period, however, many stores set up delivery services as well as a click-and-collect option in a bid to survive.

Last month, Record Store Day released limited vinyl from the likes of Motörhead, My Chemical Romance and Beastie Boys for Black Friday 2020. More than 200 UK indie record shops participated.

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