Record Store Day is an occasion marked in the calendar by vinyl junkies and music enthusiasts all over Melbourne, although this year has been hit yet again by the COVID spanner there’s still some funky stuff happening. This weekend Saturday 12 June will be Record Store Day Lite, a series of restriction-friendly events from your favourite music merchants.
One of the biggest events for the day is Northside Records ‘Beat Battle 21’. To mark the forthcoming release of Hiatus Kaiyote’s new album, owner and operator of the store Chris Gill has put the challenge out to Melbourne musicians and producers to produce their best beat from a pack of music samples provided from the band.
There have already been almost 500 tracks sent through, and on Saturday a winner will be quite literally be crowned with a craft crown hand-made from Hiatus Kaiyote lead singer Naomi Saalfield. The store will be also be slinging out copies of Hiatus Kaiyote’s 12-inch from the upcoming album ‘Mood Valiant’ as well as a raft of Record Store special releases, in-store specials and music label gift packs from the genre-fluid record shelves of Northside. Keep an eye out on the competition here.
There’s plenty of other Melbourne record store’s putting on a spread for the day with Dutch Records doing 20% off store-wide of their new LP’s and stacking their shelves full of pop-rock favourites like Stones, and Zeppelin. Plug-Seven will have DJ’s in-store playing tracks, and Greville Street Records will be showcasing all the new special day releases.
Get out and support local record stores by pick up some quality tunes this Record Store Day this Saturday.
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