Hundreds of music fans are set to queue outside Sheffield’s leading independent record shop tomorrow hoping to snap up an instant vinyl collectable.
More than 700 limited edition releases are being issued for the seventh annual World Record Store Day, including items by major artists including David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones.
Four bands - the Everly Pregnant Brothers, the Wild Sons of Gentlemen, the Elephant and Castles and Doncaster group Rita Payne – are also set to play live sets outside Record Collector on Fulwood Road in Broomhill.
Hardy souls are expected to start queuing soon after the pubs shut on Friday night, with many more arriving at dawn.
The shop is due to open at 8am but in previous years the queue hasn’t dispersed until the early afternoon.
Store owner Barry Everard said the importance of the day for his business was now ‘absolutely huge’.
“Last year The Crookes played to a crowd of around 800 people, and we find visitors from Manchester, Leeds, Leicester and Grimsby,” he said.
“Some fans treat the event like the old Beaujolais wine run and try to fit in several record shops during the day!”
Barry said he felt some of the limited edition releases were just too limited.
“Last year there was a Paul Weller title and we received 30 copies – this year there’s another and we expecting to get just three, so too many people are going to be disappointed.
“We’ve somehow found ourselves at the centre of the whole event – this year’s innovation will be a cartoon exhibition by The Star’s James Whitworth, featuring big local names,” Barry added.