Berwick Street Soho’s independent record and vinyl stores are joining together on April 20th Saturday to have a celebration of Record Store Day. Berwick Street has been the number one destination for collectors of vinyl records since the 1980s when it was known as the “Vinyl Golden Mile”.
The Soho corner remains home to London’s central and largest collection of amazing independent shops of records; Sister Ray, Reckless Records, and The Video and Music Exchange, also around the corner on the street Broadwick is Sounds of the Universe, Phonica located on Poland Street, and Black Market Soho on the street D’Arblay.
On Record Store Day music lovers will head to Berwick Street for exclusive vinyl and CD releases and to enjoy live music, bands and DJs performing throughout the area. Berwick Street will be showcasing a range of British music talent from 12-7pm including a special appearance from a cult rock band and a punk/folk singer-songwriter as well as an eclectic mix of solo artists, bands and DJs across all genres from reggae to electronica.
The shops, pubs and restaurants will also be getting into the spirit; expect DJs in store, music quizzes and in-store parties. The iconic Berwick Street market will be open as usual with flowers, fruit and vegetable traders as well as street food including Napoli style pizzas served by the Pizza Pilgrims from the back of a converted Piaggio van. For one day only the market will feature a music history experience from The Museum of Soho and a vinyl fair.
Berwick Street has a strong music heritage and many associations with the industry. It was the location for the cover shoot of the 1995 Oasis album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ (as seen in the window of Reckless Records). Ian Brown cycled backwards down Berwick Street in the music video for F.E.A.R. and T-Rex front man Marc Bolan worked on his mum’s stall on Berwick Street market in the 1960s.*
Berwick Street is a vibrant urban community with a rich heritage in the heart of London’s Soho. Discover traditional London pubs, bespoke tailoring, textiles, vintage, food, fashion and of course independent record stores. Berwick Street is London for Londoners. www.berwickstreetlondon.co.uk