Record Store Day was founded in 2007 as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally. This year the event takes place on April 20th.
This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on.
To show Hifi Pig’s continued support for Record Store Day and to demonstrate our solidarity with the bricks and mortar independent record stores across the world that continue to feed our desire for music, we are announcing the closure of our online record store with immediate effect. (If you have already placed an order it will still be honoured). We hope that you will see this as a clarion call to get out there and support your local record stores, not just on Record Store Day itself, but throughout the year. Furthermore, we have now added a section to the Hifi Pig “Directory” specifically dedicated to independent record stores throughout the world. If you are a record store you can add your details for free in our online directory of record shops.
For many, record stores will have been an intrinsic part of growing up. Many readers will remember quite specifically the first time they went into a record store, flicking through the vinyl, CDs (and even tapes for us older ones), buying that first piece of music and then getting it home and sticking it on the hifi. Record stores are not simply retail outlets, they are places where memories were made and as such they deserve our and your support.