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  1. Audience in street
  2. Bands playing
  3. Record Stores
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  1. Smoke Fairies - Katherine Blamire and Jessica Davies
  2. Father and Son – Stuart and Harry Joe Gallimore
  3. Sister Ray Records – Phil Barton
  4. Wire - Matthew Simms, Robert Grey, Colin Newman, Graham Lewis

Press Release

Today independent vinyl record stores of Berwick Street Soho, London W1, joined forces to celebrate Record Store Day.

Record Store Day has brought music lovers to Berwick Street for exclusive vinyl and CD releases and to enjoy live music, bands and DJs performing throughout the area.  Showcasing a range of British music talent from 12pm till 7pm, special performances from a purpose built stage included Wire, Smoke Fairies, Frank Turner and Matthew E White as well as an eclectic mix of DJs across all genres from reggae to electronica.

Berwick Street has been a destination for vinyl record collectors since the 1980s when it became known as ‘The Golden Mile of Vinyl’.  This corner of Soho is still home to central London’s largest concentration of thriving independent record shops; Reckless Records , Sister Ray and The Music and Video Exchange as well as Sounds of the Universe around the corner on Broadwick Street, Black Market Soho on D’Arblay Street and Phonica on Poland Street. 

The shops, pubs and restaurants also joined in the celebrations with DJ’s playing in store, music quizzes and in-store parties. The iconic Berwick Street market was open as usual with flowers, fruit and vegetable traders as well as street food including Napoli style pizzas served by the Pizza Pilgrims from the back of a converted Piaggio van. The market also featured a music history experience from The Museum of Soho and a vinyl fair. 

The official film of Record Store Day, ‘Last Shop Standing’, is a documentary which charts the rise, fall and rebirth of the independent record shop.  This was screened throughout the day in a pop-up cinema space.  Graham Jones, the author of the book that inspired the film made a special guest appearance with a Q&A session and to sign copies of the book and DVD.

Berwick Street has a strong music heritage and many associations with the industry.  It was the location for the cover shoot of the 1995 Oasis album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ (as seen in the window of Reckless Records).  Ian Brown cycled backwards down Berwick Street in the music video for F.E.A.R. and T-Rex front man Marc Bolan worked on his mum’s stall on Berwick Street market in the 1960s.* 

Berwick Street is a vibrant urban community with a rich heritage in the heart of London’s Soho.  Discover traditional London pubs, bespoke tailoring, textiles, vintage, food, fashion and of course independent record stores.  Berwick Street is London for Londoners.

www.berwickstreetlondon.co.uk

@berwickstlondon

For further information or images, contact Nicole Leggett or Harriet Cockill at Sister on 0207 287 9601 or email nicole.leggett@sisteris.com or harriet.cockill@sisteris.com

*Reference – The Museum of Soho

Notes to Editors

Record Store Day was established 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 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.

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