Every year, Record Store Day is getting bigger and bigger in the UK, with more and more people queuing up to get their hot little hands on limited edition releases, special re-pressings of classic albums, and enjoy shedloads of live music events held in celebration.

In the wake of last year's crippling PIAS warehouse fire, which saw thousands and thousands of pounds in losses for independent record stores across the country, RSD2012 stands to be all the more special, and all the more worth while supporting, to help independent labels and artists get back on track.

But remember, not everything is happening in London; here in Manchester, record stores, venues, promoters and artists are all gearing up for a manic 24 hours of record hunting and live music gluttony. We're here to give you a run down of what you can look forward to on April 21st.

Over at Piccadilly Records on Oldham Street, the staff expect, as usual, huge queues around the block. Their Philippa Jarman is preparing for the big day: "Previous years have been mental, with people waiting outside from 2am, and we expect the same this year!"

There are huge DJs performing for the patient customers throughout the day, including Balearic Mike, then Jason Boardman (Aficionado), Neil Diablo (El Diablo’s Social Club), B-Music (featuring Andy Votel and Luke J Murray), Mr Scruff, and Tim Burgess (The Charlatans). Alongside all that lot, their artistic stallholder for the day will be Jilly Hartshorn, who'll be displaying and selling her wonderful vinyl-related artwork.

But of course, the finest part of Record Store Day is the excuse to put hundreds of musicians on stages across the city, making a delicious, noisy, eclectic soup.

The official RSD2012 event for Manchester will be held at The Soup Kitchen by Wotgodforgot in conjunction with Piccadilly Records. Running from 11am until whenever the hell they damn please, with 10% off food and drinks and cheap entry for clever record-buying people, we're being treated to the likes of Irma Vep, Base Ventura, Pins, Young British Artists, Die Hexen, Milk Maid and Shinies.

Then, over at Kraak Gallery, Tim Burgess’ O Genesis label are hosting a label showcase at Kraak gallery, it’s £2 in or £1 with a Piccadilly Records hand-stamp.

Lots of other sensible musical folk have decided to pitch in, throwing ever more noisy musical events for the day. At The Deaf Institute, Dutch Uncles, MONEY, Patterns and Ghost Outfit are playing, along with superstar late night DJ-ing from the awesome MCR Scenewipe, Melodic Records and SWAYs Records. There's cheap food and drinks and entry here too, if you feel like flashing your RSD2012 purchases!

Those devils at Carefully Planned have carefully planned an ace line up at The Castle Hotel, with acts including Standard Fare, Bearfoot Beware, Ninetails and Teletextile and a bucket full of others too, so if you feel like squishing yourself into the most beautiful, vibrant venue in the city for just a fiver, you can't go wrong.

Sam from MCR Scenewipe is pretty much wetting himself with excitement, and rightly so: "Record Store Day basically facilitates Manchester's best gig of the year. All your favourite local music makers under one roof. It's an all dayer too which gives it an amazing festival feel!"

In summation: Record Store Day 2012 in Manchester is going to be awesome. If you're at Picadilly Records, Kraak Gallery, The Deaf Institute, The Soup Kitchen, The Castle, or anywhere in this fine city on the most important date in the musical calendar, there's gonna be something for you. Join us, on April 21st. Join us.

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