5 Free Record Store Day Parties

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RSD is a mighty divisive issue amongst vinyl heads. The purists don't like it for the inflated prices and the gimmicky releases, whilst the non-purists queue up from 6am to get their hands on such special releases as Adam Sandler's 'They're All Gonna Laugh at You!' on 12".

One thing we like about it is the free parties that crop up: where record shops host excellent selectors playing on crystal clear speakers. If you fancy a bit of that, and want to avoid the middle-aged masses in Soho, then head on in.
For those who like their beats big and unadulterated, BBE's RSD party is the place to head. They're celebrating the release of ALIM Music, their new vinyl-only imprint, by hosting Mr. Thing, The Herbaliser and Al Kent on the decks for an all-day party. From 3pm-8pm, expect to hear plenty a rare groove from the BBE archive, dabbling in funk, soul and hip hop - their sound system contains so much power we suspect it might be illegal.
Opened by a crew of ex-ravers, DJs, journalists and music enthusiasts, Love Vinyl's yearly RSD party is always one for the calendar. This year they've got live performances from Collocutor (On the Corner), Ty (Jazz-Refreshed) and Vibration Black Finger whilst Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Tom Noble (Beats In Space) are amongst those on the decks. So, grab yourself a tinnie, spill out onto the streets of Hackney and celebrate the 12” in the way it should be celebrated: drunk.
Representing the sounds of Brixton - from reggae and grime to dubstep, before it became the god awful 'wob wob' music we know and hate today - Container have become one of South London's most respected record stores. For their RSD celebrations, the Container crew welcome a hand-picked selection of London's best collectors and independent sellers to sell their goods at a vinyl market whilst some rare cuts fill the airwaves.
This intimate nook in Clapton is going to be filled by an entire day of live indie/shoe gaze music and spoken word to stop by and scope. The acts mostly fall under the bracket of indie, with Swimming Tapes, whenyoung and FOCUS GROUP amongst those playing, whilst there'll also be numerous DJ sets to keep things moving and even a little spoken word.
The monthly DIY Art Market at Grow is, for one crazy afternoon only, being joined by Vinyl Pimp to mark Record Store Day. What that means in a nutshell is the chance to browse some homemade crafts whilst listening to some nice records as a selection of DJs and stallholders take to the decks. Then, as the clock strikes 8, Vinyl Pimp step things up a notch. How, we're not quite sure.
Or if you just wanna browse, check out our guide to Indie record shops right here
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