This is how music fans can boost Sheffield's independent shops as Record Store Day is postponed

The annual Record Store Day is hugely important for independent music shops, giving small retailers a chance to hugely increase their takings in just a few hours of trading.

By Richard Blackledge
Tuesday, 14th April 2020, 12:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 2:54 pm

This year the event was set to take place on Saturday, April 18 – but as many businesses have been forced to shut temporarily, the celebrations are postponed until June 20.

However, Record Store Day’s organisers have now launched a campaign encouraging people to show their support by pledging to ‘fill the gap’ by buying the one album they consider to be missing from their collection.

The initiative aims to drive sales during the lockdown period, as many shops have ramped up their online services to compensate for the need to close their physical premises.

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Fans can share their pledged album on social media in the run-up to April 18 by using the hashtag #RSDFillTheGap and tagging their local record store.

At the same time the Official Charts Company has launched an interactive record store finder, showcasing more than 120 independent shops nationwide that will deliver LPs direct to customers’ doors. There are two in Sheffield – Bear Tree Records, which normally operates at The Forum on Devonshire Street, and Spinning Discs on Chesterfield Road, Meersbrook.

Spinning Discs will even hand-deliver music to buyers if they live within ‘reasonable walking distance’.

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A customer peruses vinyl for sale in the music shop 'Record Collector' in Sheffield. Picture: OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images.

“As soon as we can we’ll be opening our doors again to all of our lovely customers who we’ve gotten to know – and those we haven’t just yet – since we opened,” Spinning Discs’ owner Martin Black said when the lockdown began last month.

“Please try and continue to support us and all of the other local independent businesses however and whenever you can.”

On April 16 BBC Radio 6 Music will be marking what would have been the 13th Record Store Day with a range of programming and interviews.

In past years the event has led to long queues outside shops as fans have clamoured to buy limited-edition releases.

Joe Blanchard of Bear Tree Records in Sheffield. Picture: Dean Atkins.

See www.recordstoreday.co.uk for further details.

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