LABELS, ARTISTS & DJS PLAN WORLDS LARGEST ONLINE INSTORE FOR #LOVERECORDSTORES EVENT


#loverecordstores, the campaign launched to raise awareness of the challenges faced by record stores during the current pandemic, and to encourage music fans to continue shopping online with their favourite stores, has announced further details of its 24 hour event ,including the world’s biggest online instore, which takes place at www.loverecordstores.com on June 20th.


Record Store Day has become an important fixture in the music retail calendar for UK record stores, labels and music fans alike, so it came as a real blow that the organizers have had no choice but to postpone this year’s event due to the continued Covid-19 crisis.

To ensure that an opportunity to highlight the work of record stores at this critical time remained in place, the #loverecordstores campaign announced that a day-long event featuring over 130 record stores will take place on 20th June. 

The event will see dozens of new and re-issued vinyl releases being made available to music fans. The full list of releases and record stores participating is now available to view at www.loverecordstores.com . Stores will make the releases available from 9am on the 20th of June and will be shipping on various dates soon after the event.


The world’s biggest online instore event is also planned with 24-hours of live performances, DJ sets, interviews, readings and more from a wide range of artists and influential music industry figures and has been curated by a number of the world’s independent labels including:

 Secretly Canadian, Jagjaguwar, Dead Oceans, ATO Records, Heavenly Recordings, Transgressive, Mute, Play It Again Sam, Bella Union, Speedy Wunderground, Partisan Records, Memphis Industries and Chrysalis amongst others. The sessions includes an exclusive live performance premiere from Yannis of Foals night of free jam collaboration "Milk", performances from Fontaines DC, Craig David, Circa Waves, , John Grant, the event ambasador Tim Burgess,  Black Pumas, Keaton Henson, Temples, I Break Horses, The Mystery Jets, Caroline, Ultraísta, Marika Hackman, BC Camplight, Orlando Weeks, Porridge RadioFrancis Lung, Rachael Dadd, Neon Indian's "Digger's Paradise", Rozi Plain, Sleeper, Hinds, Smoke Fairies, Honey Harper, Jesca Hoop, Barbarossa, Ren Harvieu, NZCA LINES  and many more.

London based promoters Eat Your Own Ears present three exclusive DJ sets back to back from Four Tet, Daniel Avery and John Wizards.

DJ sets have also been scheduled from: 

Richard Russell, David Holmes, Total Refreshment Centre, Jeff Barrett and The Heavenly Jukebox, Coldcut, Metronomy, Go! Team, Erol Alkan,  4AD Dawn Chorus, Kelly Lee Owens, Darkstar, HAAi, Joe Goddard , Jazz-Re:Freshed, , Blanck Mass, Daniel Miller, Raf Rundell, Confidence Man, Nabihah Iqbal, Light In The Attic ‘Kankyo Ongaku’, a very special set from the much loved & missed Andrew Weatherall and many more guests TBA.

Some of the shops themselves are even getting involved on DJ duties, with Stuart Baker and Pete Reilly of Soul Jazz Records/Sounds Of The Universe delivering a dynamite set of reggae, soul and jazz, and Noreen McShane of the highly celebrated Stranger Than Paradise dropping a set of shop favourites.

To view the #loverecordstores ‘virtual instore’ music fans should visit the website  where a full menu of all performances times will be made available on the homepage. The programming will start at 7am on Saturday June 20th and will continue until 7am on Sunday June 21st. 

Viewing will be free of charge but donations can be made during the performances and all monies raised will go to the #saveourvenues campaign as will profits from the sales of a range of specially commissioned Record Label T-shirts, which will be available through a merch area of www.loverecordstores.com. There will also be donation buttons for the Black Lives Matter campaign and the Covid-19 relief fund. 

Jason Rackham, a co-founder of the #loverecordstores campaign said:


“We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from artists, DJs and labels for the #loverecordstores event on June 20th. Alongside the dozens of new and re-issued record releases we’re making available for music fans to buy online from their favourite record stores our 24-hour ‘virtual instore’ , which is the biggest online ‘instore’ event the world has ever seen , has a stunning line-up of talent, all of whom are passionate about supporting this event.”

Rupert Morrison, owner of independent record store Drift Records, who has overseen curation for the ‘virtual instore’ said:


“Record stores have been badly hit by this pandemic but the success of the #loverecordstores campaign has meant music fans have been able to continue offering their support.  Our event on June 20th will bring some welcome focus and attention alongside much needed revenue for record stores. Our line-up for the ‘virtual instore’ is amazing and demonstrates just how much record stores mean to everyone involved.”

Please visit www.loverecordstores.com for more information.


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