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Music fans queue overnight for Record Store Day at Trading Post in Stroud

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 20, 2014

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MUSIC fans queued overnight to get their hands on rare vinyl as part of the seventh annual Record Store Day proving that the spin is still very much in.

Stores across the country sold a range of exclusive releases on a first come, first served basis and crowds began lining up at 10pm on Friday for the opening of Trading Post in Kendrick Street, in Stroud.

Decks were set up in the window of the store and 19 DJs performed 20-minute sets throughout the day.

Owner Simon Vincent said: “It was a fantastic day.

“It is bonkers that people were queuing overnight but it just goes to show how popular vinyls are and affirms that people do care about their local independent record stores.”

Among the music lovers flicking through the racks was 15-year-old Millie Blythe.

“There is definitely still a need for vinyls,” she said.

“I think people of all ages, men and women, are interested in records and collect them.

“Vinyls are great because you get the full album and the sound is so much better than mp3 and I love the cover art.”

Vinyl was first used in 1948 but interest in the 66-year-old format is back on the rise. Last year saw sales double from 2012 to 780,000 - the most since 1997.

“There is a big revival at the moment,” said Darren Norris of the Stroud and Gloucester Vinyl Connection.

“Lots of independent labels are bringing out records as well as big names which really helps the industry.

“I am a DJ so I go all around the country looking for rare vinyls.”

The Stroud and Gloucester Vinyl Connection is hosting an event for fans to play, buy, sell and trade records at the Prince Albert in Stroud from 7pm on Sunday, May 25.

Australian singer-songwriter Emily Barker and her band The Red Clay Halo will be performing at the Trading Post from 7pm on Tuesday in support of Record Store Day.

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