Music stores around the Illawarra (and the world) are celebrating vinyl records on Saturday, internationally known as Record Store Day.
The day is held around the globe on April 13, with more than 180 independent music stores around the country celebrating the day with the record, CD, DVD and cassette-buying folks who keep the doors of these wonderful stores open.
Owner of The Shed in Fairy Meadow, which specialises in second-hand vinyl, Clive Owen said nothing compares to the look and feel of an LP.
"I love the sound quality, and the tangible quality of looking at the cover, the record, compared to digital," he said.
"You don't get any of that sort of experience from digital downloads, it's just a lot more organic and the analog sound is very rich."
The sound quality, the tangible quality of looking at the cover, the record ... you don't get any of that sort of experience from digital downloads.Clive Owen
Owen has been sourcing some rare vintage Australian releases especially for the day and will have live music in the store from about 1pm.
As well as live entertainment in many stores on the day, there will again be special, limited edition releases of music available.
Some of the limited release vinyl being pressed especially for the day include Elvis Presley, Jebediah, Hard-ons, Aretha Franklin, The Rolling Stones, Weezer, Thin Lizzy, The Police, Stereophonics, Monty Python, John Lennon and more.
Illawarra stores with registered events:
Franks Wild Years, Thirroul
- New arrivals of second hand vinyl, sale crates, raffle, food truck and live music!! Performances by Monnone Alone, Soda Eaves, Loose Fit and DJ sets from Babe Rainbow and Tropical Depression. Open 10am, music from 1pm.
Music Farmers, Wollongong
- Live performances from Totally Unicorn, Velvet Elevator and Enfant Terrible, plus the Record Store Day limited editions plus inhouse releases from The Hard Ons (Harder and Harder 7″). HorrmMy Friend/Velvet Elevator (7″). Hockey Dad Dreamin' in splatter vinyl reissue, and Mother & Son S/T reissue on coloured vinyl. Door prizes and more.
Record Fair, Kiama
- Helensburgh label My Vinyl Revolution are co-hosting the Kiama Record Fair with Johnny The Fox Records, at Kiama Masonic Hall - 10am to 4pm.
The Shed, Fairy Meadow
- Live music from 1pm til 5pm with local musicians Luke Spook, Rhys Scoular and Jim. There will also be sale items, rare Australian releases.