Written by Kevin Perry

Music lovers in the East of Scotland will again, in the main, be heading into Edinburgh for Record Store Day 2012. This year there are five stores participating representing all genres of music, they are; Avalanche, Coda, McAlister Matheson, Underground Solu’shn and VoxBox Music.

A range of events are planned for each from in-stores to after store parties, collaborations with local businesses extend to the supply of turntables, refreshments and PA’s. One hostelry The Bow Bar, Victoria Street will also be serving Record Store Day 2012 beer from The Revolutionary Brewing Company, Castleford, Yorkshire.

Grassmarket based Avalanche have a full days worth of events, owner Ken Buckle explained that activities include in-store performances by Withered Hand and Ballboy thus ensuringthat queues will once again be forming around Red Dog Music and well into King’s Stables Road.

Festivities continue after the shop closes at an after-store party at Electric Circus in nearby Market St, the event will feature Scott and Arwen from The Last Battle, Emily Scott and Star Wheel Press and there’s the distinct possibility of an unannounced special guest. Participating for the first time is newly opened Stockbridge located VoxBox Music, co-owner Darren Yeats explains that they had originally planned to launch the shop opening last year to coincide with RSD 2011, alas this didn’t happen due to initial difficulty obtaining RSD releases. So it’s with great anticipation and excitement that they go into RSD 2012 and celebrate their 1st birthday with in-stores from local labels Gerry Loves Records band PAWS and Song, By Toad band Meursault.

Underground Solu’shn the only current independent dance, electronic and specialist record shop in Edinburgh will again have local DJ’s performing in-store, expect to see Stephen Brown (Transmat) Craig Smith (6th Borough Project) and River of Slime (De-Fence) through-out the day.

Coda the traditional and contemporary folk music specialist will have in-store’s from Lorraine McCauley and Rura there will be food and drinks available. For the first year classical music will be represented by McAlister Matheson located in Edinburgh’s West End at 1 Grindlay Street. At the time of writing plans for in-stores were being finalised.

Fence Records won’t be participating directly but Johnny Lynch aka Pictish Trail explained that Fence artist Witherhand will be playing at Avalanche and that they believe in and support RSD, he also commented that like many businesses at present, record stores are vulnerable, an annual event like RSD provides an additional opportunity to aid their ongoing survival but record stores need to adapt to ensure they see customers throughout the year and not just on RSD.

With vinyl record sales already up by 46% this year business is expected to be brisk and if the writers experience last year is anything to go by queues will once again be long. This writer does not intend to miss out in 2012, so no repeat performance of last year partying into the early hours watching local band JoJo Coke, sorry guys!

Check local listings, store web sites or with stores themselves for final event timetables and opening hours.

For more information on Record Store Day head to www.recordstoreday.co.uk/