Record Store Day returns to Manchester, but is it good for the industry?

MANCHESTER’S Northern Quarter saw people queuing around the block as Record Store Day returned to the city for yet another year.

With over 521,000 vinyl albums sold during the week, it proved to be the best response for vinyls since the first Record Store Day (RSD) in 2008.

It is a day for record shops to gain profit and popularity by selling new releases brought out by musicians especially for the event.

This year, Noel Gallagher released a limited edition 12” picture disc. He showed his support for the occasion and the independent stores by saying: “Record shops are as important as the records themselves.”

Joel Nicholson, avid record collector and employee at Vinyl Exchange, Oldham Street, said: “This was only my second year experiencing RSD, it felt quieter this year but I’m pretty sure we sold more, not sure what happened there.

“It was great anyway, it’s like Christmas Day for record shops.

“Maybe it’s become less of a spectacle now? It’s still a nice reminder for those who don’t frequent record shops to maybe pay a visit.”

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