Record Store Day, having served up three drops in 2020 is back for split helpings this summer.
Kilkenny’s Rollercoaster Records will again be taking part as over 200 independent record stores across Ireland the UK come together in a celebration of all things music, and shopping for music (more to the point).
For Record Store Day 2021 the two drops are coming Saturday 12 June and Saturday 17 July.
Saturday 12 June
Among the first set of releases you’ll find offerings from Fontaines DC (above), The Doors, Amy Winehouse, Air, Echo and the Bunnymen, Japanese Television, Joe Strummer, The Kinks, Mogwai, Ocean Colour Scene and more.
For Fontaine DC’s Live at Kilmainham Gaol, the album arrives on 180g heavyweight black LP in a gatefold jacket. Dublin historian Donal Fallon has written an essay on Kilmainham Gaol which is featured on the back cover. Includes an exclusive poster.
In Kilkenny, Rollercoaster Records along with Golden Discs at Market Cross will be taking part. Presuming travel between counties has reopened come June and stores are physically open again, you’ll also find the likes of Trax (Carlow), and Ben O’Neill’s (Dungarvan) taking part.
If you’re looking for particular releases on the list, you would do well to contact Rollercoaster (link above) sooner rather than later to see what’s coming in or available as a number of releases will be quite limited.
Joff Oddie from Wolf Alice, who are taking part in this year’s Record Store Day with a special release, said “Independent record stores provide a vital and necessary communal space to explore, discuss and share the music that shapes all of our lives.”
“This year we’re releasing a limited edition version of our new album Blue Weekend with a bonus 7″ exclusively for independent record stores. Given the bleak year they (stores) have faced during the Covid-19 pandemic any support you could show them would be fantastic. The musical world would not be the same without them.”