Audio-Technica starts search for UK’s best independent record shop

  • Part of the audio giant’s Record Store Day 2013 celebrations

Leeds, UK 22-03-2013: Audio-Technica is kicking off a nationwide search for the UK’s best independent record shop. It’s in celebration of Record Store Day (20th April 2013), where hundreds of the UK’s independently owned record stores come together to celebrate the art of music.

Audio-Technica is now calling for the UK’s music lovers to nominate their favourite record stores via its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/audiotechnicauk) giving an insight into what it is that makes the shop so special, and why they love buying music there.

A public vote will determine which store is crowned Audio-Technica’s independent record shop of the year, with it winning £1,000 to put towards a special event for its loyal customers, whether it’s a one-off gig, giveaway or in-store party. The person making the nomination will also receive £200 money to spend on records in the shop.

Nominations are being taken until Friday 5th April before five stores are shortlisted for the final vote, taking place 8th April. The winning store will be announced just before Record Store Day on 17th April.

Audio-Technica senior UK marketing manager Harvey Roberts said: “The UK is seriously into music, and the heart of the industry is the independent record stores, run by fanatics, and catering to the fans. As a leading audio technology brand, we share that love and obsession of music. This competition is not only about celebrating Record Store Day and our independents, but about giving something back to the shops, and the fans – more important than ever when the High Street is experiencing such tough times.  We can’t wait to see the nominations.”

 Audio-Technica is not commercially affiliated with Record Store Day 2013. 

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About Audio-Technica

Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, Audio-Technica now creates high-performance microphonesheadphoneswireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and professional use.

For more information, visit www.eu.audio-technica.com/en

Audio-Technica, which has its UK office in Leeds, sells microphones, headphones and high fidelity equipment across the world.


About Audio-Technica

Celebrating over 45 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry. Users of Audio-Technica microphones and headphones include Katherine Jenkins, Metallica, Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, The Pigeon Detectives, Ben Mynott and Eddie Halliwell.


Company Contacts:

UK: Harvey Roberts

Audio-Technica Ltd                                        

Tel: +44 (0) 113 277 1441


Press Contact:

Alison Clarke

Red Pepper Communications Ltd

Tel: +44 (0) 1371 877716

alison@redpeppercommunications.com

About Record Store Day

Record Store Day came into being in 2007 when over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their unique culture. The UK followed suit and 2013 will see the sixth celebration of the UK's unique independent sector. This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ's, in store quizzes and many other events.

For more information, visit www.recordstoreday.co.uk

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