It’s Record Store Day 2022! It is an opportunity to support the local music shops in towns and cities across the UK. In 2022, Record Store Day will celebrate its 15th anniversary.  On occasion, of the same, it has appointed one of the world’s biggest pop stars as its first global ambassador.

Are you now wondering what is Record Store Day exactly? And how is it celebrated in the UK?  Here are all the details about it.

What is Record Store Day?

It is a day that celebrates the independence and culture of record stores across the world. This day brings music fans, artists, sellers, and promoters together.  It first began in the USA in 2008, and soon it become a major event for vinyl lovers. On this day the local record store organizes special live performances from local artists. Many people collect vinyl records, from reissued classic albums to previously unheard live recordings. Each year, more than 200 independent record stores across the UK take part, selling thousands of copies.

When is the 2022 Record Store Day?

Record Store Day 2021 was a two-day event due to social distancing laws. However, this year it is a one-day event selling large numbers of records. 2022 Record Store Day was on Saturday, 23rd April. Due to Covid 19 pandemic, there is a delay in vinyl manufacturing, which means that some discs will not arrive on time. Instead, it will be available on 18 June.

How to buy vinyl on Record Store Day?

To buy the vinyl of your choice, you’ll need to visit your nearest record store in person. Since it has become popular in recent years, you need to be present a couple of hours before queuing. Some people even stand outside some shops a day before the event.

It’s advised to reach out as early as possible so that you don’t miss out. Some stores ask you to write out your wishlist while being in the queue and collect it before entering the shop. Then they pack it up waiting for you at the counter.
Sadly, you can not order your vinyl online as Record Store Day supports ‘bricks and mortar.’ It means that the stores will operate conventionally rather than over the internet. However, the stores will be able to offer any unsold stock from 8 pm on Friday 29 April. But the releases you’re looking for will still be available is not guaranteed due to limited stock.

Who is 2022’s Ambassador?

Record Store Day has appointed recognizable names from the music and entertainment industry to promote the event in previous years.

On Saturday, Record Store Day announced Taylor Swift as this year’s global ambassador.

Saturday on Instagram, Swift said, “I’m very proud to be this year’s Ambassador for Record Store Day.”  The pop star released a two-sided vinyl record containing two versions of her song “The Lakes” from her  album “Folklore.”  There are only 10,000 copies of the vinyl available.

 List of Top 5 Best Releases of 2022 Record Store Day

For the official list of 2022 releases, click here.

1. Still Jealous by Tegan and Sara

Canadian twin sisters Tegan and Sara are best known as the singers of Everything Is Awesome from The Lego Movie. The duo recently re-recorded their excellent, 2004 album So Jealous. For the acoustic collection, each sister recorded the other’s parts. It’s a cracking release that’s ideal for vinyl, so it would be worth trying to get your hands on it. There are 3100 pressings out of which 750 will be available in the UK when they go on sale on 23rd April.

2. The Lost Queen of New Orleans Soul by Betty Harris 

If, you have not discovered the songs of Betty Harris yet. Then this is the time. She was a student of Allen Toussaint, and her backing group was The Meters. And also the legends of the New Orleans funk scene of the 1950s and 60s. Her fans listen to her soulful voice and she deserves to be on the same list as her collaborator. 

3. Whenever You Need Somebody By Rick Astley

Rick Astley is back! He’s holding you close with a remastered version of his chart-topping, debut record for Record Store Day 2022. This song was released in 1987 and became an instant hit. It has a unique catchy tune. The smooth ’80s pop still transcends over 35 years later.

4. People Move On: The B-Sides 1998-2021 By Bernard Butler

Fans from the band’s early glory days will painfully remember Bernard Butler’s bitter exit.  But while it marked the end of his magnificently cinematic guitarwork for the Britpop piece, fans weren’t left alone for too long. Soon the guitarist released a debut solo album, People Move On four years later. And the B-sides will be available on vinyl for the first time, with side A featuring the original 1998 vocals.

5. Blue Highlights by Joni Mitchell

Fifty years from its initial release, Joni Mitchell’s Blue has achieved the kind of high admiration on a record. Blue Highlights is an ambitious project by Mitchell to make available from her vast archive. It also emphasizes the process of writing, illuminating listeners with unfinished but revelatory versions of some of her most iconic songs.
So Happy 2022 Record Store Day to all the music fans! Share with us through the comments section who according to you are top 5 best releases.

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