Look Local: Where to head in Sheffield for Record Store Day 2018
Nah then. Don’t go searching for internet bargains on April 21st when you’ve got plenty of fine retailers on your doorstep to show some love to. Here’s what’s going down in Sheff…
After years of having hundreds of people from all over the country queued up outside their shop on Record Store Day, Record Collector on Fulwood Road have decided to focus on providing a large amount of quality stock rather than staging big events. This year, their limited edition stock will include several rare David Bowie records being sold exclusively on Record Store Day. Owner Barry Everard told Exposed: “Some people will have to choose between a holiday and their Bowie collection.” But he added: “Last year someone came in with a list of 13 records and they found 12 of them in our store. On the day, we’re just going to try and fulfil our purpose as a great record shop.”
233-235 Fulwood Rd, S10 3BA
Bear Tree Records
At their store in Orchard Square, Bear Tree Records plan on running a blind bag sale on Record Store Day to raise money for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. In the run up to 21 April, they will be encouraging local people to donate records for the bag, customers will then pay for a ‘lucky dip’ choice and proceeds will be donated to the charity. They’ll also be stocking a range of limited edition releases as they do every Record Store Day. Signed records from Dinosaur Jr, Hookworms, George Ezra, The Wytches, plus various bundles of records and promo items are also up for grabs.
Workshop 4, Orchard Square (Upstairs), S1 2FB
The Chesterfield Road store will be teaming up with neighbours The Tramshed to celebrate the day with a great selection of vinyl, live music, plus tasty food and beverages. Free tea and coffee will be served in-store with customers spending over £50 receiving a free tote bag with their purchase, while those spending over £100 will get the free bag and a Spinning Discs tee (while stocks last). Live music will take place next door between 3-7pm, with James Ewan Tait (3pm), Paul Littlewood (3.45pm), Party Hardly (4.30pm), Courtyards (5.15pm) and one more TBC artist (6pm) performing through the day.
Free entry all day.
55 Chesterfield Rd, S8 0RL
The popular Earl Street venue will be open for business from 8am-6pm on Record Store Day with coffee and snacks being served all day and alcoholic drinks available from midday onwards. They will also be running a whole host of live performances, including acoustic sessions headlined by Sheffield dream-pop sensations High Hazels (midday-5pm) and a full live gig headlined by Sheffield-born, London-based songwriter Casey Lowry (7.30-11pm, ages 14+). Plus there will be a club night from 11pm ‘til late for anyone aged 18+ who doesn’t fancy going home.
Full details of this and the set list will be announced this month on their Facebook page.
7 Earl St, Sheffield S1 3FP
LP Record Store
Head over to Furnival Gate on Record Store Day where LP Records will be running DJ sets from 4.30pm onwards at live music venue, Café Totem. Then, if you fancy sticking around, the event will be turning into a Northern Soul Night after dark (9pm-late). Details of the set list will be announced closer to the time. Alongside these live performances, their small but well-stocked shop on Arundel Street will be open all day for all your limited edition record needs. But get down there early as it gets very busy very quickly and you won’t want to miss out.
137A Arundel St, Sheffield S1 2NU // 23 Furnival Gate, Sheffield S1 4QR (Café Totem)
Having first opened its doors in 2013, Sheffield’s newest record store Tonearm Vinyl is keeping it simple for Record Store Day. There will be DJs playing sets in the shop throughout the day and deals will be available on their usual stock. But unlike other stores, Tonearm are not stocking any Record Store Day titles this year, instead opting to make the day more of a local event. So if you find yourself in the South Road area on the 21 April, head over to Tonearm for a more modern, relaxed vibe. Details of the DJ sets will be released closer to the time.
293 South Rd, Sheffield S6 3TA