After a couple of years of uncertainty due to the pandemic, Record Store Day in finally BACK for 2022 in its finest form.
Beginning in 2007, the day was setup to celebrate independent record stores, their owners, employees and dedicated customers. Each year, exclusive, one-of-a-kind runs of albums, singles and EPs are released to eagerly awaiting music lovers that queue for hours to get their hands on limited edition pressings of new and sometimes never-heard-before music.
This year, Manchester is making up for two-years of (semi) missed celebrations, so we’ve put together a list of some of the best events to commemorate 2022’s Record Store Day!
DJs and Live Music at Wilderness Records
Record Store Day 2022 will mark Wilderness Records’ final day of operation as the venue heartbreakingly announced its permanent closure this morning. From 2pm, DJs including Foley, Pintcan Papi and Mangetout will take to the decks, spinning some fine, summery tunes sure to see the venue out in style. Alongside this there’ll be a live performance from Manchester-based musician Jigs, tons of new and exclusive records to get your hands on and exclusive beer from Meantime Brewing made specially for the event!
Wilderness Records, 9 Egerton Cres, Withington, Manchester M20 4PN
Weekend of Wax at The Crown and Kettle
This weekend will see The Crown & Kettle host two days of vinyl featuring Magic Island DJs, Vinyl Resting Place, Ruf Dug and a B.Y.O.V (being your own vinyl) session on Sunday, where you can bring along your favourite records to play in exchange for a free pint! It’s free entry as always and there’ll be plenty of great drinks to enjoy, too.
The Crown & Kettle, 2 Oldham Rd, Ancoats, Manchester M4 5FE
Record Store Day & Night at Eastern Bloc
Manchester’s legendary, long-standing vinyl institution, Eastern Bloc will be stacking its racks full of records this weekend, as well as hosting an 18 hour party that kicks off at 10am and finishes at 4am! Joining the lineup is Luke Daniels, Kerrie, Means&3rd, Aletha and Kav plus many, many more. As always, the event is free, but Eastern Bloc are this time asking for donations that will go towards humanitarian relief in Ukraine.
Eastern Bloc, 5a Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DN
Hatch World Record Store Day
Hatch will host DJs all day this Saturday in celebration of Record Store Day. Hosted by Ad Hoc Records, Beat Boutique, Peek a Groove Collective and Gumbo Ya Ya, you can expect a true celebration of music from all genres, alongside pop up shops, street food and gorgeous cocktails, beers and wines from Hatch’s incredible traders.
Hatch, 103 Oxford Rd, Manchester M1 7ED
Record Store Day 2022 at Piccadilly Records
Piccadilly Records is the place to be if you want to get your hands on any exclusive, limited edition vinyl this year. As always, the shop will be stocked with some sought after specials from a range of artists that will most likely see queues form outside the store from the early hours of the morning. They’ll have The Cure’s Pornography picture disk, Blondie’s limited edition Sunday Girl EP and Andrew Weatherall’s exclusive remix of Primal Scream’s ‘Shine Like Stars’ all up for grabs. The store will be open from 8am – 6pm.
Piccadilly Records, 53 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR
Common x Vinyl Exchange Record Store Day Deals
Vinyl Exchange in Northern Quarter is also known for its great selection of Records Store Day vinyl exclusives. This year will also see the store collaborate with Common to offer happy hour drinks all night on Saturday if you present a Vinyl Exchange receipt at the bar! Common will also host live music from Ruma, Mali Hayes and Dream English Kid, as well as All Hands on Deck who will be DJing into the early hours. Pints of Veltins will be £5 all day, too.
Record Store Day 2022 at Vinyl Revival
Another city centre store taking part in providing music lovers with the very best RSD releases is Vinyl Revival. The store has sat in Northern Quarter since 1997, dedicating a lot of its stock to local bands from the 60s to present day. As well as a cracking selection of records, the shop also stocks t-shirts and prints of some infamous Manchester bands, a true cornerstone of the city’s proud musical culture.
Vinyl Revival, 5 Hilton St, Manchester M4 1LP
Sticky Black Tarmac’s First Ever Record Store Day
A fairly new player in Manchester’s burgeoning record store scene, Sticky Black Tarmac will be participating in its very first record store day this Saturday! Located in Walkden Town Centre, the store will open at 8am and has armed itself with some of this years best releases from artists such as Taylor Swift, Fontaines DC and Childish Gambino.
Sticky Black Tarmac, Unit 17, Walkden Town Centre, Walkden, Worsley, Manchester M28 3ZH
12 Hours of DJs at Stutter & Twitch
This Saturday from 11am – 11pm, Stutter & Twitch in Altrincham will host an all-day party featuring DJs such as Dylicious, Dave Ruf and Luke Nixon. They’ll obviously have a great selection of specialist coffee, booze and bites for you to enjoy alongside your record rummaging, too!
Stutter & Twtich, 11 George St, Altrincham WA14 1RE
Record Store Day 2022 at Tasty Records
Another Altrincham institution, Tasty Records will be packed with some excellent releases ready for record lovers’ most anticipated event of the year. The store on Regent Road is a cosy space that covers all genres and tastes and has an insane collection of records alongside the Record Store Day releases for you to get lost in this weekend!
Tasty Records, 25 Regent Rd, Altrincham WA14 1RX
Hypocritical Beatdown Takeover at SK1 Records
SK1 Records will welcome Hypocritical Beatdown this Saturday for a special party showcasing an exclusive, lathe-cut 7-inch record from Magnets (Rap Group). There’ll also be DJ sets from Andy Votel, Benjamin Hatton, Sean Canty and Jeni Chan from 12pm until 3pm!
SK1 Records, 17 Little Underbank, Stockport SK1 1LA
RSPCA Didsbury Record Store Day Sale
From 10.30am – 4.30pm, Didsbury’s RSPCA store is hosting a one off sale to celebrate this year’s record store day. On both Saturday and Sunday you’ll find records, CDs, cassettes, DVDs and band merch for sale, and if you wear your favourite band t-shirt you can also get an extra 10% off!
RSPCA Didsbury, 19 Barlow Moor Rd, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6TN
10% OFF Vinyl and Live Music at Hops & Boogie
Stanley Square’s record shop, Hops & Boogie is offering 10% off all vinyl this Saturday, as well as a chance to have a dance and enjoy some music from Beaches of Manchester and Sunday Service Sale, who are a unique and mood-boosting blend of Balearic, Jazz and Electronic grooves. The store also has a great selection of bottled and draught beers from around the world for you to enjoy!
Hops & Boogie, 21 The Mall, Sale M33 7XZ
Kimpton Clocktower’s Music Concierge Service
Kimpton Clocktower Hotel is announcing a new tailormade music concierge service for guests staying at the hotel, launching in celebration of Record Store Day. From Saturday 23 April, guests will be able to choose the perfect soundtrack to their stay from an eclectic mix of genres from classic Rock through to ambient House music, all played on vinyl from the comfort of your room. The personalised music concierge service will be brought to life in partnership with Clampdown Records, an independent vinyl record shop and expert stockists of new and used vinyls.
Kimpton Clocktower, Oxford Road, Manchester M60 7HA