New limited edition releases announced for Record Store Day’s second drop

With the first of this year’s three part Record Store Day hailed as a success by organisers, a raft of new limited edition releases have been confirmed for the second and third RSD drops.

Lewis Capaldi, Alice Cooper, Daft Punk, Britney Spears, Hospital Records 400th celebratory release and Jethro Tull are just some of the artists who have announced limited edition vinyl releases for the second RSD drop.

“It’s been class to work on some really different versions of my music for RSD in the past and  it’s such a buzz watching everyone go out in the morning that day to try and find the releases,” says Lewis Capaldi. “Excited to get this new album colour way out there to support all of the indie stores over the UK this year!”

The original April 18 date for this year’s Record Store Day was revised following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

More than 200 independent record stores took part in this year’s first drop event, and in a one-off move for 2020, indie record stores put remaining releases online at 6pm. As a result, many releases had sold out across the UK within the hour.

RSD partner Bowers & Wilkins will continue to sponsor the event for the rest of the year.

Dave Sheen, EVP Product, Brand, Strategic Partnerships said “We’re proud to become official partners and supporters of Record Store Day, especially in such a difficult and unusual year for retail. Everyone at Bowers & Wilkins is a passionate music lover, and it’s that passion that drives us to create the finest audio products possible. We want everyone to hear music exactly as the artist intended.”

Rega Research, Sound Performance and Fred Perry are also official partners of the event. 

Ben Soothill & Lou Jackson, owners of Wax and Beans in Bury who celebrated their first RSD on Saturday declared: “We are absolutely elated about our first RSD. Feels like half the North West and beyond turned out to support Wax and Beans, it certainly put a beaming smile on our faces greeting people at 6am when we got there, having no idea if anyone at all was going to turn up.”

Although the live music and large gatherings were missing, fans were still prepared to wait in socially distanced queues and book time slots.

“Independent record stores have always felt like a support network,” says rock band Sports Team. “Places you can go when you’re in another city and just chat about music. Venues like Elsewhere in Margate, and Banquet Records in Kingston don’t seem faceless, everyone working there goes out of their way because they’re genuinely passionate about music. They’re the best gigs too, sweaty community.”

 Record Store Day 2020 continues September 26 and October 24.