As lockdown continues, the threat to the future of independent record shops grows, but here's something you can do right now to help.
Ahead of what would have been Record Store Day 2020 this Saturday (April 18) - the biggest day in the indie record shop calendar and sadly currently postponed - hundreds of stores across the UK are encouraging their customers to become virtual cratediggers by bringing the local music shop experience to them with home delivery - and many are offering it for the very first time.
To help you support your local independent retailer, we've launched the Official Indie Record Store Finder, an interactive map showcasing over 120 independent music stores across the country that will deliver direct to your door during lockdown.
Enter the name of your favourite shop on the map below, search by city or area, or look up alphabetically in the listings, double tap, then hit 'SHOP AT THIS STORE'.
The Official Indie Record Store Finder
From Honest Jons and Rough Trade in London, to Piccadilly Records Manchester, Spinning Discs Sheffield, and Sound It Out in Stockton-on-Tees, to name just a few of the 120+ shops featured.
Martin Talbot, chief executive, Official Charts Company comments:
“Indie record shops are the lifeblood of the British music scene and now need our support more than ever. At Official Charts, we have already taken one step in doing this by rolling out a new system in super-quick time to accept sales into the Official Chart from many independent stores’ new home delivery services. And the new ‘Official Indie Record Store Finder’ goes one step further by helping music fans track down their nearest retailer – and bring their favourite store to their door.”
Need some inspo?
While several acts have pushed back their upcoming albums, most are still available to pre-order on both CD and vinyl.
Some key releases include: The Strokes' The New Abnormal or Laura Marling's Song For Our Daughter (out now), Gerry Cinnamon's The Bonny (out April 17) a 2020 remaster of Marillion's 1983 debut Script For A Jester's Tear (April 17), and Lucinda Williams' Good Souls Better Angels (April 24).
Boost your vinyl collection with the best-selling vinyl album of the year so far - Tame Impala’s The Slow Rush – or The Courteeners’ More. Again. Forever. - the most popular homegrown vinyl release of 2020. Bring yourself right up to date with a copy of this week's Number 1 vinyl album – The Lovely Eggs’ I Am Moron.
This month indie record shop customers have been snapping up the catalogue of the late Kenny Rogers, with several of the country icon’s hits collections appearing in the Official Record Store Chart, as has Pearl Jam’s latest album Gigaton and the critically-acclaimed Viscerals from Geordie rockers Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, the week's best seller in independent stores.
You can find out the UK's best-selling albums bought in independent record shops each and every week on the Official Record Store Chart Top 40, or the most popular vinyl on the Official Vinyl Chart, both published Fridays at 5.45pm.
"Fill The Gap" in your record collection this Saturday 18th April. Record Store Day UK and BBC 6 Music are encouraging record lovers all over the country to show their support for their local indie record stores this Saturday, by pledging to buy the one record that’s truly missing from their collection. Fans are encouraged to share their pledged album on social media in the run up to the 18th April by using #RSDFillTheGap and tagging their local record store.
A campaign called #loverecordstores - backed by record labels, artists, actors and celebrities - was also launched last month, encouraging the music-buying public to support their local record store however they can.