Record Store Day 2020 in Leeds: Opening times and social distancing for Jumbo Records, Crash Records & every Leeds record store
Record Store Day 2020 is almost here at last and several Leeds record stores will be throwing open their doors to vinyl fans hoping to pick up copies of their favourite LP releases and reissues.
Record Store Day 2020, delayed twice this year already, has now been confirmed to run on three weekends, one this Saturday, August 29, one in September and one in October.
This Saturday, four record stores in Leeds have confirmed that they are taking part and will be offering special Record Store Day limited releases for customers.
Releases include new vinyl releases and reissues from David Bowie, Keane, Gorillaz, Motorhead, Metronomy and The Chemical Brothers.
Check out the list of re-releases, as priced by Crash Records, here.
Which Leeds stores are taking part in Record Store Day 2020
1-3 Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG
Tel: 0113 2455570 |
Socially distant queue and prebook appointments
"This shop will be open and operating with bookable time slots.
"Tickets cost £3 and are limited to one per customer, which gives you a one-hour timeslot on the day.
"Your position in the queue of 16 for this hour will be allocated randomly by ballot
"When you have successfully bought a "ticket" you will be sent an email confirmation. There will be no ticket issued, the email confirmation together with some formal identification will guarantee your place on the day."
35 The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 6PU
Tel: 0113 243 6743 |
Socially Distant Queue + Prebook appointments
"IF YOU ARE PLANNING TO VISIT THE SHOP ON RECORD STORE DAY YOU MUST REGISTER WITH US BEFOREHAND. PLEASE READ THE DETAILS BELOW. YOU HAVE TO BE ON OUR LIST TO MAKE A PURCHASE IN THE SHOP ON SATURDAY 29TH AUGUST.
"As many of you will be aware, there have been big changes this year in terms of the plan for Record Store Day. The original date of Saturday 18th April has now been replaced by 3 “RSD Drops” and the first of these takes place on Saturday 29th August.
"Although it’s a different plan this year, there are still some very special limited edition releases on the way and we will be selling them on a first come first served basis.
"The full list of releases will be on sale over the counter only from 8am on Saturday 29th August. However, all remaining unsold stock will go online at 6pm on the same date.
"We have had to make some very difficult decisions to ensure that we have control of the number of people who queue up outside the shop. Social distancing and customer/staff safety is of paramount importance so we have had to put very strict rules in place. We need to ensure that customers are stood in a queue for as short a time as possible and are in and out of the shop very quickly.
"We have therefore decided that all customers who intend to visit us on Saturday 29th August need to book an appointment. We will allocate time slots to everyone that registers with us. Once we reach a maximum number of customers for the day we will close the booking system, although we are hopeful that won’t be necessary.
"Customers are invited to contact us to be added to the Record Store Day list. All you need to do is email the shop ([email protected]) with subject header “Record Store Day”. We will contact all successful applicants with further details one week before the event takes place."
15/16 The Corn Exchange , Call Ln , Leeds , LS1 7BR
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Socially Distant Queue
This shop will be open as normal and operating a socially distanced queue.
The Vinyl Whistle
39 Otley Road , Headingley , Leeds , LS6 3AB
Tel: 0113 426 0588 | View Website
Socially Distant Queue + Prebook appointments
This shop will be open from 8am on Saturday
"RSD items will be available to purchase in store on Saturday 29th August from 8:00am and remaining stock will be available to order online from 6:00pm 29th August.
" To avoid queues and to ensure Covid-secure shopping, we will be operating a booking system (available shortly) where customers will be allocated a 10min in-store shopping time. Please note: all RSD items will be listed online as 'unavailable' until 6pm, strictly one per customer, no pre-orders."
Nick Fraser, co-owner of Jumbo Records, said: "Record Store Day has always been the single biggest day of the year and it's already been postponed twice.
"But I think the setup will be a better one. It's going to be across three weekends rather than one, and records will be made available online from 6pm, so that may help ease some people's concerns about going to stores.
"We had some regulars tell us they were going to miss it this year but we had others saying 'we'll be there all night queuing!', and we thought, well we don't really want you to. There are two almost entirely different things to combine - we want everyone to be safe and we want people to be able to buy lots of records and it's almost, how do you have both?
"We are running appointments so that people don't all queue at once and we're telling people not to come until a few minutes before their slot or they won't be able to come in, and the queue will be socially distant. We feel we have a responsibility to people this year to make sure it's done safely. But we also want people to come in and feel like it's Record Store Day and make it fun and hopefully they'll go away thinking 'yes that was a good experience at Jumbo Records' and go home and play their new music. We've made a lot of effort to make it work this year.
"Record Store Day is always important and the biggest day of the year by far. Retailers are coming to the end of the furlough support period and we want to get staff back in but we need takings to go up.
"We never know what's going to happen and for all we know Leeds could be back in lockdown next month. All we can do is smile and make a real effort."