Record Store Day 2019 will take place on Saturday 13th April 2019
So what is Record Store Day? It is the one-day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture.
Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar. This year there are over 500 special and limited releases so something for everyone! The full list of releases can be found here.
Across the South Western Railway network there are many independent record shops joining in Record Store Day this year and we thought we would help promote the event and support the many independent businesses, as well as providing a guide of some of our favourites that can be easily reached by train so you don’t have the hassle of having to find somewhere to park and join in the days festivities.
London - Head to London Waterloo station
The first place to mention would be London, with many record shops joining in this location is easy to get to with many trains coming into Waterloo station throughout the day. The first train arrives before 6:00am so early birds who like to get the pick of the releases in the morning are well served.
Once at Waterloo all locations across Central London are within easy reach, many by walking or using the Tube or buses.
Rough Trade East and Rough Trade West are popular with live music and more throughout the day.
Sounds Of The Universe is an iconic record store in the heart of Soho and well worth heading to and whilst visiting the area Sister Ray is on Berwick Street along with Reckless Records.
Our final selection for Central London is Phonica Records
- Nearest Station: London Waterloo
- Walking time from station to the shops: Various – London is very well served by both rail, tube and bus as well as the popular Santander cycle
Greater London - first stop Kingston-Upon-Thames
Moving away from Central London, but not too far, Banquet Records in Kingston-Upon-Thames is a major player and real champion of Record Store Day being involved from the outset and our personal favourite. You will be met by a super friendly team and a very well organised event. The shop is a 5-10 minute walk from Kingston station and is a popular choice for many with live music and surprises throughout the day – a real celebration of music and the independent scene.
If getting into the queue early is essential for you, trains to Surbiton station start arriving early on Saturday 13th April with a large choice of buses from outside the front of the station direct to Kingston taking approx. 10mins
- Nearest Station: Kingston
- Walking time from station to shop: 5/10mins
- Postcode of shop: KT1 1EE
Next stop Twickenham
Just a short train ride to Twickenham you will find Eel Pie Records on Church Street. Twickenham is not only the home of English rugby but is well known for its music in various circles. The famous former recording studios of the same name 'Eel Pie Studios' owned by Pete Townshend of The Who hosted many artists such as A-HA, The Cocteau Twins and The Lightning Seeds on the studios based on the river Thames over the years.
Other close by shops include a newcomer based in Richmond ‘Sleeve Notes’ and Soul Brother Records in Putney.
- Nearest Station: Twickenham
- Walking time from station to shop: 8 minutes
- Postcode of shop: TW1 3NR
Heading out of the capital and the London Zones
Across Surrey there are several shops participating. Guildford's Dance 2 Records is just a 7 mins walk from Guildford Station with acts and celebrations throughout the day. Last year DJs played sets during the day setting the scene for the RSD’ers.
- Nearest Station: Guildford
- Walking time from station to shop: 7 minutes
- Postcode of shop: GU1 4PY
If Camberley takes your fancy The Rock Box is a popular choice
- Nearest Station: Camberley
- Walking time from station to shop: 7-8 minutes
- Postcode of shop: GU15 3JY
The Record Corner in Godalming is within easy reach of Guildford, Haslemere and Waterloo. The shop has been in business since 1958 and although has seen many changes over the years it continues to have a good following and many supporters.
- Nearest Station: Godalming
- Walking time from station to shop: 7-8 minutes
- Postcode of shop: GU7 1BX
Farnham’s ‘101 Collectors Records’ is a true ‘indies’ shop and a great example of just how Record Store Day celebrates local gems like this!
- Nearest Station: Farnham
- Walking time from station to shop: 10-15 minutes
- Postcode of shop: GU9 7EN
Moving further South/South West and into the county of Hampshire the region has many shops to visit.
Vinilo Record Store in Southampton opens its doors at 8am offering free continental breakfast, coffee throughout the day and has giveaways to the first 50 customers through its doors – worthy of the early start!
- Nearest station: Southampton Central
- Walking time from the station to the shop: 19 minutes
- Postcode of shop: SO14 3BL
Hundred Records in Romsey is a great choice and well attended being a popular venue for Record Store Day in the area. The doors open at 8am sharp with a good queueing system so everyone has a fair shot at getting the records they are after.
- Nearest station: Romsey
- Walking time from the station to the shop: 11-12 minutes
- Postcode of shop: SO51 8GE
Other choices in Hampshire worth checking out include the aptly named Elephant Independent Record Store in Winchester located at 8 King’s Walk.
- Nearest station: Winchester
- Walking time from the station to the shop: 10-12 minutes
- Postcode of shop: SO23 8AF
Heathen Chemistry Records in Fareham is the first independent record shop in the town for decades and well worth supporting.
- Nearest station: Fareham
- Walking time from the station to the shop: 8 minutes
- Postcode of shop: PO16 0EL
The Vault (Bournemouth) is one of two shops of same name in the region. The Bournemouth shop is located just a short walk from the station
- Nearest station: Bournemouth
- Walking time from the station to the shop: 5 minutes
- Postcode of shop: BH1 1LR
The Vault (Christchurch) on Castle Street in Christchurch the other half of The Vault in Bournemouth
- Nearest station: Christchurch
- Walking time from the station to the shop: 12-14 minutes
- Postcode of shop: BH23 1DP
Somerset and Bristol
Heading into Somerset and the South West of England there are several shops worth visiting including Raves From the Grave in Frome, BA11 1BN, Spaced Out Records in Street BA16 0ND, and Longwell Records in Keynesham, BS31 1EH.
Further along the South Western Railway network you arrive in Bristol with a plethora of shops getting involved.
Bristol is well known for its long established music scene and you wont be disappointed. Rough Trade have a branch in the City based at 3 New Bridewell, Nelson Street, BS1 2QD. This is a new ‘space’ occupying 4,500 sq. ft in what is described as a celebration of music culture, featuring a store, cafe, bar and live performance room. Expect a busy day!
Specialist Subject Records based on the First Floor, Exchange, 72-73 Old Market Street, BS2 0EJ has been growing is stature in Bristol, not only being a specialist record shop but also a record label with many punk releases.
As the name suggests Friendly Records is a friendly place to visit for RSD19. Located in Bedminster, Bristol at 59-61 North Street, BS3 1ES. A good opportunity to pick up other records whilst you are there both new and second hand from a wide range of genres.
The final shop featured for Bristol is Radio On, 34 Park Street, BS1 5JG specialising in ‘pop thrills, DIY punks, noise-nik experimentalists, sounds-from-way-back-when, lo-fi kickers, indie-kid-politix, and especially the adventurous sounds coming from queer and feminist places....’ something for everyone!
- Nearest station: Bristol Temple Meads
- Walking time from the station to the shop: various
We hope you have enjoy RSD'19 and be great to hear of your favourite moments and finds of the day over on Facebook and Instagram.
If you have any questions on train times the team over on Twitter are on hand to help and more information on our customer services can be found here.