Record Store Day 2017 marked the 10th anniversary of the celebrations, we at Eudaemonia sure couldn’t miss out on such an iconic day. Here is a short photo train from our early morning adventures across numerous central London record stores.
Sister Ray Ace, Shoreditch High Street:
An early morning trek saw us arrive at Sister Ray Ace in Shoreditch High Street. Arguably the newest kid to the East London vinyl block, the store is growing rapidly in reputation. Its queue was friendly and slowly growing, though not to the point of being uncomfortable. We managed to bag the coveted Smiths 7” from here, a brilliant start to our morning!
Rough Trade East, Brick Lane:
And so it was onto Brick Lane, without the biggest queue of the day. Despite that, the gigantic nature of the store meant it grew slowly. For the small hours of the morning it was safe to say that the queue boasted an almost carnival like atmosphere.
Never have dustbins seemed more artistic.
A mid morning scramble for the more coveted records.
We managed to bag records from The Cribs, Cabbage and Kasabian via Rough Trade East. It clearly is a centre of modern indie culture.
To many, Record store day is almost like Christmas.
Queue still going strong as the morning grew older.
Famed for its unique mixing of record stores, street food and magazine vendors alike, Berwick Street is constantly recognised and a centre point for musical culture. Whilst it may be less strong now that in its heyday, the street is slowly growing back to popularity. Recognise the famous album cover taken here?
The aptly named Noel Street answers the previous question. Of course, ‘What’s The Story (Morning Glory)’ had its iconic cover shot on the street.
Sister Ray Records, Soho:
The biggest of record vendors on Berwick Street is Sister Ray records. Famed throughout the year for always stocking coveted records, it is clearly a favourite hive for those searching for coveted RSD released.
Queue still going strong as the afternoon approaches.
A shoutout to Phonica Records too, our final stop! My word was it a wonderful morning, though tiredness slowly crept in after a long night of record searching.
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