10 ways to celebrate Record Store Day in Sydney

Dust off your turntable and get your record wish list up to date for the 10th annual Record Store Day (RSD) this Saturday 22 April.

Boasting RSD exclusives, discounts, giveaways and free live music, here is your hit list of 10 places to check out for all of your Record Store Day 2017 needs.

Utopia Records

Where: 511 Kent St, (Lower Ground Floor), Sydney
Opening at midnight, Sydney’s home of metal is rewarding its first 25 customers with exclusive Utopia gift bags stocked with RSD goodies. The store reopens at 7am and, if you spend $50 or more, you’ll go into the draw to win a year’s supply of double passes to Century Venue gigs (including 104 shows at the likes of Enmore Theatre and the Metro). As always, you’ll also enjoy special discounts on all of the metal, punk and rock titles you won’t find anywhere else.

Mojo Records

Where: 73 York St, Sydney
Mojo Records is flinging its doors open early for Record Store Day and the bar will open from noon to quench your thirst after hours of digging through records. Plus, you’ll save with 10% off new vinyl (excluding RSD 2017 titles) and 20% off all second-hand goodies. Melbourne’s trio Destrends will rock into the night with their punk set from 4pm.

Red Eye Records

Where: 143 York St, Sydney
Take your vinyl adventure downstairs to Red Eye Records for the standard killer collection plus almost 500 special releases in store just in time for Record Store Day.

Rolling Records at Young Henrys

Where: D & E/76 Wilford St, Newtown
Beers, burgers and beats: Young Henrys has it all this Record Store Day. While Henrys doesn’t usually house records, the Rolling Records mobile will be making a pit stop at the Newtown brewery to provide punters with a much-needed hit of vinyl.

The Record Store

Where: 255B Crown St, Darlinghurst
Young Henrys has also united with The Record Store for the holiest of alliances this Record Store Day. You can start digging for records from 9am, with a mix of RSD exclusives, fresh imports and loads of local vinyl up for grabs. From midday, DGGZ, Lauren Hansom and Andy Garvey will take on Baron Castle and Matt Lush for a battle of the beats. Plus, you can look forward to a few free frosty Young Henrys tinnies as you flip.

Repressed Records

Where: 413 King St, Newtown
Head to Newtown’s Repressed Records for some independent Australian gems plus a unique library of vinyl that you won’t find at your regular run of the mill record store.

Title Store

Where: 499-501 Crown St, Surry Hills
Surry Hills’ Title Store is shipping in a bunch of RSD exclusive releases and nearly 800 LPs all the way from the US, Europe and the UK.

Café Lounge

Where: 277 Goulburn St, Surry Hills
Kick back at Café Lounge from midday for a special Record Store Day line up courtesy of Donny Benet, The Posset, Klue, DJ Simon Caldwell and Barney Or Kato. And the cherry on top? Delicious $6 Young Henrys beers up for grabs.

Egg Records

Where: 3 Wilson St, Newtown
Bragging a collection that spans almost every genre and era (as well as a bunch of RSD specials), you’re bound to find whatever vinyl you have your heart set on at Egg Records in Newtown this Record Store Day.

The Vintage Record

Where: 31a Parramatta Rd, Annandale
From rare collectibles to all of the classics, The Vintage Record will have it all when you visit their well-stocked haven on bustling Parramatta Road in Annandale.

Whether you’re a record connoisseur or vinyl virgin,  it’s time to live out the wise words of Almost Famous’ Penny Lane: “just go to the record store and visit your friends.” More info at recordstoreday.com.au.

Plus, be in the know about Sydney’s record stores all year round. Diggin’ Sydney Vinyl Lovers Tour Guide has a free map of stores across Sydney including all the classics and hidden gems.

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