A day for 'Vinylmania'
Last Saturday 21st April held the fifth anniversary of Record Store Day – an annual celebration of independent record stores that has become a global phenomenon.
Independent stores across the world’s great cities from Rio de Janeiro, LA and Tokyo, to Amsterdam, Paris and Berlin (to name a few) opened their doors to eagerly waiting music fans and collectors.
With no exception, small record shops all over London were bursting at the seams with special vinyl releases in all forms. As some keen record collectors camped outside awaiting doors to open at 8am, we hit the streets bright and early to get involved. First stop was Portobello and at 8am the queues were already well formed around corners and down the streets. Among the crowds at Rough Trade West we spotted The Heartbreaks, who were there to see their specially released first album Funtimes in all its vinyl glory.
The band (confessed Clarks Originals fans) chose to sport Desert Boots and Treks for the day’s adventures. So, with a mission to invite fans and anyone willing, the four mischievous lads took us around the city on their big red double decker, performing at record stores all over town.
Watch out for up and coming Funtimes gigs here.