With 300 to 400 vinyl exclusives shipped in by owner Simon Vincent especially for the day, covering everything from the hardest dance music to sixties Japanese psychedelia, there’s something for everyone in stock. As always it’s on a first come, first served basis, so if you want to get your hands on the best releases I suggest you get down and queue up early!
The doors open at 8 am, where the day kicks off with a DJ set from Dubbu (aka Neil Wilson). After him at 9 is Steve Brown from Marling School and he’s followed at 10 by Andy Edwards playing straight soul through to 11. Carl Harrison (Sisters of Mercy) is on till quarter to 12, where Threebagsfull takes over for forty five minutes of dub and jungle. Will Cookson, one half of DJ duo Stroud Calling is on till 1 pm, when it’s the turn of Neil Walker from the SVA followed by Neil Arthur from synthpop legends Blancmange. Clare Honeyfield, director of Made in Stroud is spinning till quarter past 3, and then Nadine Phillips (Simon’s better half) is playing music till 4. The day then finishes at Trading Post with a joint set from Keith Allen and Tamzin Malleson (actors, musicians, parents and restaurateurs).
But the music doesn’t stop there! In the evening, Simon and Neil Wilson have organised a gig at the Prince Albert, all in aid of the National Star College in Cheltenham. Live music comes in the form of Rev Schneider and the Band of Angels providing wacked out country and western weirdness and Stroud’s favourite punk rockers Chinese Burn. After they’ve finished, the DJ sets continue into the night, all raising money for a great cause. "None of this would be possible without the coordinating extraordinaire and right hand man that is Neil Wilson, along with the assistance of Lottie and Miles from the Prince Albert and Ed Butcher of Chinese Burn." adds Simon.
Simon’s Top 5 Picks for Record Store Day 2017:
- Reissue of Elastica’s self titled debut album on red vinyl, complete with a 7” flexidisc and a fanzine
- Picture-disc version of Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack, released 35 years on from the premiere of the film
- Limited edition Thelonious Monk double LP made up of songs he recorded for the 1960s film Les Liaisons Dangereuses
- Boxset of ten pre-eighties, US released Ramones seven inch singles
- Soul Jazz Records Studio One Hi-Fi Special box set , featuring rare collectors tracks