Hitchin and Letchworth all set for Record Store Day

Andy Oaten from David's Music is getting behind Record Store Day.

Andy Oaten from David's Music is getting behind Record Store Day. - Credit: Archant

There’s no need to get in a spin, but it’s Record Store Day tomorrow and there’s a packed platter of free performance being laid on to mark the annual celebration of independent stores that keep the music real.

Long-time supporters of the event at David’s Music in Letchworth’s Eastcheap will be opening the doors at 8am for the dedicated hunters of rare and limited edition records who may well have been queueing all night.

Live music is a feature so, as well as DJ Malc spinning soul during the morning with his protege Billy Doze taking over on the decks for a later shift, there are slots reserved for Stevenage singer-songwriter Kelly Oliver at 1pm, local legend and soul boy Alex Francis at 2pm, and punk folkster Grace Petrie at 3pm.

Find out more at www.davids-music.co.uk or call 01462 475900.

Over in Hitchin the Humanitas charity shop in Bucklersbury is getting involved in Record Store Day for the first time.

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The team introduced a rare and collectible vinyl section last year and fans have been beating a path to their door ever since.

Music man Paul Wade said: “This is our first year of Record Store Day and we are committed to making a real day of it.

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“Music is such an important part of our town and that’s why we want the day to be a real celebration of not just independent record stores and vinyl but of music itself.”

Doors open at 8am and in-store sessions are planned from St Clair (10am); Steph Scott (11am), Sophie Celeste (12 noon) and Rhys Kirkman (1pm).

But the music continues when the store shuts – there’s also a charity gig lined up at the George pub nearby, headlined by local legends and fuzz pop favourites The Metatrons.

There are DJs booked in from 6pm with performers on stage from 8pm – also performing are East London foot-stompers Heman Sheman and sparky singer-songwriter Emily C. Smith.

The gig is free, but donations to support the work of the charity will be very welcome.

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