Record Store Day 2017: a complete guide to what’s on near you

With the tenth Record Store Day this Saturday on April 22, we’ve gathered the best places in and around the ELL boroughs where you can treat yourself to shiny new vinyl records and to see special acts performing live. With everything from after parties to Prince LPs on the go, get ready for the best Record Store Day ever!

Click on the pins on our map to find out about your nearest record store – the ones in red are participating in Record Store Day, the annual celebration of vinyl music; the ones in blue are not taking part but are open for business as usual. Once you have found your nearest store, use our full guide below to see what delights they have on offer.


Record Store Day 2017

More than 200 independent record stores and thousands of vinyl fans come together each year to celebrate the vinyl music culture of the past and present. The one-day event brings fans special vinyl and CD releases, as well as other surprise giveaways to be revealed at participating stores on the day. This year, there will be two new issues of unreleased material from the late music giant David Bowie. They will be available exclusively for Record Store Day.

Here is a guide of events which will take place in and around the ELL areas. Unless otherwise stated, all the events are free – but get down early to avoid the long queues!


Lion Coffee and Records, Hackney

Factory Seconds. Pic: Clara Benoit-Jacoby

The store which serves you coffee and records has teamed up with record label, Luv Luv Luv Records exclusively for Record Store Day. Check out the performing acts and DJ’s who will be providing sounds throughout the day (the performance times are not yet confirmed – ELL will update as soon as we get the information):

  • Rob Ackroyd – you may know him from Florence + The Machine, now see the man himself at an exclusive DJ set! Follow on Twitter.
  • Mired Luv – founder of Luv Luv Luv record label which release and represent the hottest bands and artists. Follow on Twitter

Opening times for Record Store Day: 9am – midnight. Free entry

Address: 118 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0QR

Contact number: 020 8986 7372

For more information, please click here 


Flashback Records, Tower Hamlets

Bad Lungs will be playing live at 2pm. Pic: Robert Plumb

Like its name, this record store brings you music flashbacks from the past. Since 1997, Flashback Records have been “recycling” music. Expect to find new vinyl reissues, featured vinyl, box sets, CDs and DVDs. See the live acts set to perform exclusively for Record Store Day – and it doesn’t end there, with a Brooklyn Brewery party to finish of the day’s celebrations! The line-up is as follows:

Finish off the day with the Brooklyn Brewery after party, with Hotel Radio at 7:30pm, who will be livestreaming with Slabdragger who describe their music as ‘the good stuff.’ Free refreshments will be provided by Brooklyn Brewery. Listen on Deezer. 

Average Sex will be playing live at 3pm. Pic: Average Sex

The Duke Spirit will be playing at 6pm. Pic: The Duke Spirit

Opening times for Record Store Day: 10am – 7pm. Free entry.

Address: 131 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG

Contact number: 020 3780 1900

For more information please click here


Rough Trade West, Portobello market

With stores in London, New York and Nottingham, Rough Trade is on a mission to bring artists and fans closer together. Get down to this record store and discover vinyl music’s most creative and artistic talent. Live performances begin from midday.

Pic: courtesy of Rough Trade West

Penguin café 12:00- 12:20pm, founded by Arthur Jeffes in 2009, bringing together a talented and disparate group of musicians from the likes of Suede, Gorillaz and Razorlight. Follow on Facebook.


Pic: courtesy of Rough Trade West

Shame 12:30 – 12:50, a five-piece band from south London. Follow on Twitter.


Pic: courtesy of Rough Trade East

Taurus Trakker 13:00 – 13:20, a London-based band which formed in 2006. Listen on Deezer.


Pic: courtesy of Rough Trade West

Craig Finn 13:30 – 13:50, best known as the frontman of the American indie rock band The Hold Steady, who he recorded six studio albums with. Listen on Deezer


Pic: courtesy of Rough Trade West

Nadine Khouri 14:00 – 14:20pm, a soulcore and folk artist. Listen on Deezer.


Pic: courtesy of Rough Trade West

Gibert O’sullivan 14:30 – 14:50, an Irish singer-song writer, best known for his early 1970s hits “Alone Again”, “Clair”, and “Get Down”.  Listen on Deezer.


Pic: courtesy of Rough Trade West

Bandante 15:00 – 15:20pm, a five piece London based band. Follow on  Twitter.


Opening times for Record Store Day: 8am – 6pm. Free entry.

Address: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Ln, London E1 6QL

Contact number: 020 7392 7788

For more information, please click here


Container Records, Brixton

Featured in “Time Out” 2016, Container Records has joined forces with Pop Brixton: a community-based project which supports local jobs, training and enterprise. Together, they will be bringing you Label Market in the main square, with a number of stalls hosted by Bowl Cut GarmsContainer Records, Dream Diary, Le Chatroom, NICE UP! records , Nixwax, SUBMIT, THEM, Tome Records, We Buy Gold, White Peach Records, and more!

Opening times for Record Store Day: 9.30am-10pm. Free entry. Followed by an after party, until midnight.

Address: 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ

Contact number: 07977 300074

For more information, please click here


BBE store, Hackney

Pic: courtesy of BBE Music

Grab your friends and join BBE Music for vinyl record shopping, dancing and drinking from the The Institute of Light in London Fields. The store will be celebrating two recent special releases from Osunlade~Yoruba Records and Boddhi Satva Official. Following the release of album & book ‘Pyography’ on vinyl, BBE will be bringing you mercurial DJ, producer and ordained Yoruba priest Osunlade~Yoruba Records. Free admission.
Opening times for Record Store Day: 12:00pm – 20:00pm. Free entry.
Address: 376 Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB
Contact: 020 7249 6919
For more information, please click here.

BBE store after party, Tower Hamlets

To finish off Record store day, the BBE will be joining forces with London collective 4 to the floor for the after party at the Red Gallery, so get ready to party all night long with some proper real house music, bought to you by the big Funktion 1 sound system at the Red Gallery. Co-headlining will be Boddhi Satva Official. bringing his unique style of dancefloor inspired African music to the party.

Opening times for Record Store Day: 10pm – 5am. Ticketed event (£10)

Address: Red Gallery, 1 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT London, United Kingdom

Contact: 020 7613 3620

For more information, please click here.


Love Vinyl, Hackney

Calling all dance music lovers! This dance store will be offering something a little different when it opens its doors on Record Store Day. The headline act will be Dele Sosimi with his seven-piece band dropping  African sounds, supported with DJ sets from Luke Solomon (Classic), Bob Jones (celebrating 50 years of DJ-ing), Mark Rae (Rae & Christian), EVM128, Pete (On The Corner), Alberto (Cannonball Records), Black Booby, Control Remote & Russell Paine (SDE). The store will also have live sets from Modified ManHolly Holden Y Su Banda lined up.

Food will also be available on the day!

Opening times for Record Store Day: 10am-8pm. Free entry.

Address: 5 Pearson St, London E2 8JD

Contact number: 020 7729 8978

For more information, please click here


Casbah Records, Greenwich

Also featured in “Time Out” as one of the best shops in London 2013, expect April 22 to be a monster of a day with Casbah Records. Having recently taken over the other side of the shop, the store now has 50 per cent more floor space, which means loads more vinyl from RnB to soul, to rock to electronica and so much more! Look out for an exciting range of exclusive retro t-shirts, along with a special competition and prizes to take place on the day.

Casbah Records also specialise in garage/psych from the ’60s to the “new sounds”, soul/funk and cult from TV/film soundtracks. Chris Pope & The Chords UK – formally a 1980’s mood revival brand, The Chords, will be performing an acoustic set from 3-4pm. Don’t miss it!

Opening times for Record Store Day: 10:30am – 6pm. Free entry.

Address: 320-322 Creek Rd, London SE10 9SW

Contact: 020 8858 1964

For more information, please click here


Book and Record Bar, Croydon  

If you like books – and records of course, along with a cup of coffee, you’re in luck. The social hub that is Book and Record Bar has it all.  Formerly a pub,  this store is now packed with top quality second hand stock and hundreds of items ready for sale on the day. You’ll be spoilt for choice!

DJ Alex Paterson will be on hand to provide the tunes.

Opening times for Record Store Day: 9am – 6pm. Free entry.

Address: 20 Norwood High St, West Norwood, London SE27 9NR

Contact number: 07971 265228

For more information, please click here


Sister Ray, Soho

If you’re just looking to purchase some great music on the day, this is the store for you. Catering for music genres across the board, new releases, old classics plus everything in between, Sister Ray Ace has got you covered!

Opening times for Record Store Day: 8am – 7:30pm.

Address: 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JQ

Contact number: 020 7729 3142

For more information, please click here

On the day, look out #What’sYourFavouriteRecord?, and tweet your best moments!


This article is part of a three-day Eastlondonlines series celebrating vinyl records in London: Celebrate Vinyl. Click here to check out some more great content!


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