Record Store Day, the biggest day in the music-nerd calendar, has been officially postponed until June 20.
With a day that celebrates the glory of physical media and getting your hands on music that has been restricted to being digital, the last thing we want is a global pandemic that restricts human interaction. Very few people are willing to risk face-to-face contact or interaction with physical objects unless necessary. So, the organisers of this year’s Record Store Day have made the very sensible decision and have delayed the event a couple of months.
As Pitchfork reports, Record Store Day has been moved to 6/20. It was originally scheduled for 4/18; the organisers only just unveiled this year’s list of exclusives last week. In a statement, the organisers say, “RSD acknowledges the need to be good citizens of both the local and worldwide communities while still giving our participating stores around the world the best chance to have a profitable, successful Record Store Day.”
Although news like this sucks for music fans, it is good to know that the scheduled plan for Record Store Day will carry over to a later date instead of being cancelled completely. Here’s hoping no more events get cancelled in the name of COVID-19.
There is plenty to get your hands on this RSD. Reissues available include The Cure’s Bloodflowers on picture disc for its 20th anniversary, Tyler the Creator’s Cherry Bomb and Soft Cell’s Mutant Moments, the latter of which was only privately pressed in tiny quantities when it originally launched in 1980. And we have some live albums treats, too, in the form of David Bowie’s previously unreleased I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour ’74), Alice Cooper’s Live From The Apollo Theatre Glasgow 1982, and Dinosaur Jr’s Swedish Fist (Live In Stockholm). There is also exclusive live content from artists such as SOHN.