St Albans Empire Records vinyl store gears up for Record Store Day 2019 on April 13

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Customers should line up overnight to enjoy a day of celebrating national records at the St Albans vinyl store.


Empire Records: The store sold 200 different special edition items on its first Record Store Day
– Credit: Archant

For the sixth year in a row, Empire Records at Heritage Close is hosting Record Store Day – an annual event created in 2008 to commemorate vinyl stores across the country.

There are special vinyl releases for the occasion, and Empire Records opens early, starting at 8am, in anticipation of more attendance.

The managers expect to welcome hundreds of people into the store.

They will stock exclusive versions of David Bowie, Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart and Idles.


Empire Records: The store sold 200 different special edition items on its first Record Store Day

Empire Records: The store sold 200 different special edition items on its first Record Store Day
– Credit: Archant


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Sales Assistant Eddie James said, “That ‘record store spirit’ you hear so much about really shines on record store day. Strangers chat for hours about their favorite music and make new friends.

“That’s really what independent shopping is – the community.”

He said the day would be full of “fun, friendship and a shared passion for music”.

Mighty Boosh creators Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding were also announced as Ambassadors for Record Store Day 2019, in addition to the release of a limited edition vinyl of the full comedy radio series.

This is the first time that the surreal world of Zooniverse has been available on three pieces of colored 180g vinyl.

The previous year’s Ambassadors are Sir Elton John, Run The Jewels, St Vincent and Pearl Jam.

Empire Records Director Dave Burgess said: “If anyone has a potential interest in collecting vinyl, this will be the best day to see what it’s all about.”

He said there will be specials throughout the day.

Empire Records founder Derek Watson owned the Chaos City comic book store in 2013 when St Albans’ HMV closed and breached the market.

Movie buffs might recognize the store’s name – it was coined after Derek’s favorite movie of the same title.

The 1995 cult classic Empire Records tells the story of a small independent trying to fight a malicious takeover.

Since Derek passed away in 2015, his partner Marina DeSclavis and former HMV manager Dave Burgess have run the store.

The Record Store Day 2019 will take place on April 13. Empire Records will open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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