David Bowie and Led Zeppelin are tipped to be the carrots leading music enthusiasts to queue outside Illawarra record stores on Saturday.
Eleven years on, the internationally recognised Record Store Day began as campaign to save what was thought to be a dying phenomenon – buying physical music products. Now it marks as a celebration of a turnaround in sales, seeing vinyls – and cassettes and cds – make a resurgence.
The worldwide event has grown to such an extent that bands and labels release limited edition records created to mark the day.
Special releases and live music will be found at four local stores –Franks Wild Years and Urge in Thirroul; Johnny The Fox in Kiama; and Music Farmers in Wollongong.
“There have been Bowie releases most years for Record Store Day and they've always proved one of the most popular. There is a lot of his catalogue that has been hard to get and recordings previously unreleased so the fans love that,” Jeb Taylor of Music Farmers Wollongong said.
“Led Zeppelin is a 7" single, they never released many singles back in the day so it makes it a buit more unique, they have a very dedicated fan base who like to collect everything they release.”
Wollongong stoner rockers Tumbleweed are also releasing a one off 7” of their biggest single Daddy Longlegs, and will follow it up with a free gig at Music Farmers at 5pm Saturday.
The Shed, 162 Princes Highway in Fairy Meadow
Music Farmers, 228 Keira Street in Wollongong
Johnny The Fox Records, 100 Terralong Street in Kiama
Franks Wild Years, 3/2A Raymond Road in Thirroul
Urge Records, 349 Lawrence Hargrave Drive in Thirroul