The Best Things to do on Record Store Day 2019 in Manchester

Grab yourself some exclusive vinyl this Saturday at the annual Record Store Day.

By Ben Brown | Last updated 12 April 2019

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Held throughout the country, Record Store Day is a proper massive ‘thing’ now – with more people buying vinyl nowadays than CD’s, 8-Tracks, Cassettes and MiniDisks put together.

Okay so nobody bought MiniDisks but you get the idea. Here’s what’s going on this RSD in MCR…

Exclusive RSD Records
One if the main reasons why people love Record Store Day so much is because of the exclusives. One-off records that are only available for this one day and 2019 looks to hold a fair few gems. Want The Versace Experience by Prince? No problem. As The Lights Go Down 1984 Live Album by Duran Duran? Yep. The Mickey Mouse Disco LP? Certainly.
You can check out the full list of everything right here.


Record Store Day at Piccadilly Records
This year will see a selection of over 300 records available – many of them super-special RSD exclusives but that’s not all – Piccadilly Records also have a busy day of live DJ sets from some seriously big names. Jane Weaver, Tim Burgess, The Orielles and more will be performing from 10am to 4pm (where the party then moves to Common).

Piccadilly Records, 53 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR


Wilderness Record Store Opening
Taking over the old DECO shop in Withington will be a brand-new record and lifestyle store with an emphasis on local labels, as well as new and used vinyl. It’ll be opening this Record Store Day and as you’d expect with such an auspicious event – they’re having a big party. Get there this RSD and check it out or you can head on over to Solomon’s from 8pm with DJs and Live Music until 2am.

Wilderness Record Store, 9 Egerton Crescent, Withington, M20 4PN


The Bay Horse Tavern
Alongside their excellent Bottomless Brunch offering the gang at The Bay Horse Tavern will be celebrating RSD with a day featuring a playlist of the top 100 albums all time. The perfect soundtrack to go alongside a few frosty pints and some crisps. Oh, they also have legend Pasta Paul playing strictly vinyl from 8pm.

The Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA


Record Store Day at Cottonopolis
It’s another packed RSD over at Cottonopolis this year with a varied programme of sets starting from 2pm. First up is Community vs Me Gusta until 8pm, followed by a Joy Social vinyl only special until 2am. Pair this all up with ample pints of Big Wave and some seriously good sushi and you’ve got yourself a Record Store Day that most people will be envious of.

Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE


Record Store Day at Common
Once again teaming up with Piccadilly Records, Common have a packed day of live music to keep you toe-tapping while talking to randomers about what you managed to buy. Starting from 5pm they have Aldous RH, Currentmoodgirl, Fruit Tones all live while Space Afrika and WH Lung are on the decks. You also get 10% off drinks with a Piccadilly Records RSD receipt.

Common, 39 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW


Eastern Bloc Records
Never ones to let an event pass them by, Eastern Bloc are pulling out all of the stops this RSD with a HUGE day of DJ’s from 9 in the bloody morning. They’re promising 28 hours of Funk, Soul, Afro, Hip Hop, Disco, Reggae, House, Broken Beats, Jazz, Latin, Techno, Electronica, Jungle, D&B, Weirdness and everything else in between…

Eastern Bloc, 5A Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DN


Vinyl Exchange
As you’d expect Vinyl Exchange will be stocking a vast majority of the exclusive RSD records so you should probably head on down there early so you don’t miss out on anything. They’ll be releasing their full stock list of records on Friday night on their social media channels – so keep an eye out for them.

Vinyl Exchange, 18 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JN


Record Store Day at Big Hands
Big Hands will play host to Sour Grapes Records this RSD with an All Day gig featuring some of the finest psych and garage rock acts out of Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Not just this but Five Rise Records and MARS TAPES will be up on the roof terrace – selling a selection of great Vinyl and Cassettes from 12pm onwards.

Big Hands, 296 Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9NS


Record Store Day at Vinyl Revival
This fantastic record shop on Hilton Street will once again be offering a range of exclusives and local releases this year – so make sure you get yourself there early doors because it’ll be a busy one. There’ll also be live music from the Dirty Laces – should you want some music to go with your purchases.

Vinyl Revival, 5 Hilton St, Manchester M4 1LP