RECORD STORE DAY: Vinyl music lovers flock to Wax and Beans to get their hands on exclusive and limited records

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VINYL music lovers made tracks at Bury’s independent record store in the early hours of the morning in hopes of getting their hands on exclusive and limited tracks.

Today is Record Store Day and this morning some socially distant people lined up outside Wax and Beans in downtown Bury, some since 10 p.m. to be the first to line up when of the store opening this morning.

The day, with another scheduled for next month, is a celebration of the country’s 200 independent record stores.

Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day.

People line up outside Wax and Beans for National Record Day. Photo Danny Crompton

Music lovers from all over have come to the Bury store, including Harrogate, North Yorkshire and Sheffield, to purchase exclusive vinyl records which are supplied to independent stores.

The queue stretched from the store on The Haymarket to Silver Street.

One commented: “There are more people in line than outside a covid vaccination center.”

People line up outside Wax and Beans for National Record Day.  Photo Danny Crompton

People line up outside Wax and Beans for National Record Day. Photo Danny Crompton

Mike Roberts from Harrogate had been outside his wife’s store since 4 a.m.

In addition to celebrating Record Store Day, he came to pick up the exclusive album Echo and the Bunnymen to send it to his friend in New Zealand.

The store offered 300 exclusive and very limited titles for sale on a first come, first served basis from 8am.

Everyone on the list received a list that was put together and orders prepared.

People line up outside Wax and Beans for National Record Day.  Photo Danny Crompton

People line up outside Wax and Beans for National Record Day. Photo Danny Crompton

Louise Jackson of the record store said the store had had a “brilliant day.”

She told the Bury Times: “It was absolutely brilliant – what a crazy day.

“It was great to see so many people coming out and supporting the independent stores as well as the music industry.

“It’s been a great day.”

The exclusives and limited editions that have “fallen” into record stores include everything from Lady Gaga to AC / DC and more, with customers aged 10 to 70 and over.

Record Store Day 2 will take place on July 17, where there will be 200 titles.

In addition to the store, Wax and Bean are running a hugely successful online operation, including making free local deliveries, which they set up when the pandemic hit.

Louise said: “So even though the store closing was a bit difficult and a bit sad you don’t see the people the community is feeling, we were always able to serve all of our customers by going out and doing the deliveries without contact.

“Record Store Day is a huge boost, it’s really exciting because everyone is ready for it.

“It’s anticipation more than anything and I think it’s a very good day.”

She added: “There will be a huge lineup on July 17th, there have been quite a few stocks that were pushed back from that drop because they weren’t ready in time for the next drop.

“I’m sure it will be another crazy day!

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