HMV Vinyl Week is returning for 2018.
High street retailer HMV are bringing back their special vinyl season for a third consecutive year, and will run for 10 days from Friday June 8 to Sunday June 17.
Akin to Record Store Day, HMV Vinyl Week 2018 will bring attention to the music industry's phoenix format, which has risen from the ashes in recent years. In 2017, industry revenues from the vinyl sector rose 24% year-on-year; 4.1 million LPs were purchased last year, the highest volume since 1991.
Liam Gallagher lead the first wave of special releases announced, which will be made available for the first time as part of the event. Liam's Number 1 album As You Were, the second fastest-selling vinyl product of the past 25 years, will be released on picture disc exclusively as part of the initiative.
Also announced are reissues of The Proclaimers’ Sunshine On Leith on yellow vinyl and Siouxsie & The Banshees’ 1981 release, Juju on gold vinyl, while the soundtrack to Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels is being released on black and gold splatter wax.
In the second wave of reveals, it was announced that the Mamma Mia! will be released for the first time on picture, plus reissues from T-Rex, OMD, Def Leppard and Stereophonics.
A further exclusive vinyl announcement will be made on May 31, with a special reveal coming on June 16 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 12" 33 ⅓ vinyl LP format.
As well as exclusive pressings out June 16, from June 8, over 100 titles will be on promotion across their 120 UK stores.