The highlight of every record collector’s year, Record Store Day, is this Saturday!
Vinyl record sales have been increasing every year in Ireland for the past six years. In 2020, close to 309,000 were sold across the country, a 42 per cent increase on the 218,000 bought in 2019.
The inaugural Record Store Day took place on 19 April 2008 to celebrate the culture of independently owned record stores around the world and the unique role these stores play in their communities.
From those humble beginnings, today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent on the globe except Antarctica.
Golden Discs is offering customers a chance to skip the queues with an extra €100 in their back pocket!
This year’s Record Store Day ambassador is former Oasis star Noel Gallagher.
“Record shops were really important when I was growing up. It’s something that’s in my DNA. I think if we can keep record shops open for as long as possible, we owe it to the young people,” he said.
Gallagher will also be releasing a limited edition colour vinyl of his latest High Flying Birds Album, “Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021)” which celebrates the band's ten year anniversary.
This Saturday, Golden Discs will carry all of this year’s major Record Store Day vinyl releases including ‘Nurse’ by Therapy?, ‘Crooked Machine’ by Roisin Murphy, and U2’s 40th anniversary edition of ‘Fire’.
Perhaps one of the most anticipated releases in the country is Irish post-punk darlings Fontaines DC’s ‘Live at Kilmainham Jail’.
With a setlist that encompassed both of their hit albums ‘Dogrel’ and ‘A Hero’s Death’, this concert was originally broadcast as part of the Other Voices ‘Courage’ series.
The limited-edition release arrives on 180g heavyweight black LP in a gatefold jacket and includes an exclusive poster.