Norfolk and Suffolk gearing up for annual celebration of spin
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Long before the days of downloads, streaming, mini discs or CDs vinyl was how music was listened to and this weekend enthusiasts will be put in a spin as part of Record Store Day.
The annual celebration of independent music retailing – now in its ninth year in the UK – has been described as 'our favourite day of the year' by some retailers in the region.
And it is much the same for the thousands of people who will be descending on independent shops the length and breadth of the country in search of the soundtrack to their lives.
From Alanis Morissette to The Damned, David Bowie, Elvis Presley, Chase and Status, Mike Oldfield, Primal Scream and even Alan Partridge – there really is something for everyone among the hundreds of exclusive releases by new, established and legendary artists.
Music fans from Norfolk and Suffolk are expected to start queuing from the early hours of tomorrow morning to be number one in the line to snap up exclusive or rare vinyl.
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Soundclash and Prelude Records in Norwich, Lewks in Downham Market and Vinyl Hunter in Bury St Edmunds are among the stores taking part in this year's event which comes as vinyl sales are enjoying something of a resurgence.
A poll by ICM Unlimited shows that music streaming sites are helping to increase vinyl sales with half of shoppers saying they had listened to an album online before they bought a vinyl copy.
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Paul Mills, owner of St Benedict's Street-based Soundclash – which is this year celebrating its 25th anniversary – said the annual celebration is a fantastic occasion for everyone involved.
He said: 'Every year it's an amazing day, there's a great atmosphere that develops in the queue – friendships are forged and loads of really special records are taken home by very happy music lovers.
'In the last few years there have been more and more young people getting into vinyl and building up record collections alongside their downloaded music collections. They appreciate how much better music they love sounds when it's played on a record player, compared to a CD or MP3 and how much of a fun sociable thing buying and playing records is.
'We will be selling as many exclusive releases as we can get hold of, including from David Bowie, The Slaves, The Foals, The Orb, The Fall, The Damned, Cadillac Three, Nirvana, Primal Scream, Joe Strummer and more.'
Record Store Day was conceived 10 years ago in the USA and was brought to the UK a year later.
Now in its ninth year in this country and co-ordinated by the Entertainment Retailers Association, the day brings together hundreds of the UK's independent record shops to celebrate their own unique culture.
The renaissance of vinyl in a time of declining sales represents a surprising success story in the music industry.
In 2014, 2.1 million LPs were purchased by music fans, a figure which represented an increase in demand for an eighth successive year, climbing 64pc to a 21-year high.
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