Record Store Day Attracts Record Crowds in the Illawarra

Music Farmers Feature ImageKiera Street Record Store, Music Farmers: Home to the resurgence of vinyl in the Illawarra region.

Record crowds queued outside of Wollongong’s Music Farmers record store over the weekend, with the 10th anniversary of the annual Record Store Day seeing many limited-edition releases.

From approximately 8 am, around 50 people lined the front of the Kiera Street store eager to be one of the first to get their hands on exclusive releases from artists like David Bowie, Tame Impala, and Flume.

Vinyl enthusiast Joshua Wilson, 20, is happy that Record Store Day has gained so much traction within the Illawarra.

“I’ve been buying vinyl ever since I got given my Grandpa’s collection when he passed away,” he said.

“To have somewhere so close to home to continue building on that collection means a lot to me,” Mr Wilson said.

Record Store Day was initially started to counteract plummeting physical music sales and is seen as significant in the resurgence of the vinyl music market.

Local mother Samantha Redshaw, 45, queued with her two teenage sons from 9 am. Mrs Redshaw thinks it’s great that the younger generations are getting into vinyl.

“I remember lining up like this with my friends when were teenagers, so excited to get the newest vinyl to dance about to,” she said.

“I love that my kids are so into it [vinyl], it gives me an excuse to have a look too, just for old time’s sake,” Mrs Redshaw said.

Music Farmers owner Jeb Taylor told the Illawarra Mercury that this year was the biggest turnout to date.

“It’s been crazy,” he told the Mercury.

In addition to the multitude of limited releases they were offering, Music Farmers also had Melbourne band Rhysics play live in-store on Saturday afternoon – a backdrop to the browsing crowd.

Within recent years, the vinyl revolution has become increasingly prevalent within Australia, with not only independent record stores reporting great results.

JB Hi-Fi, Australian electronics major, reported that as of December 2016 vinyl accounted for ten per cent of their total music sales – jumping eight per cent in a two-year period.

Record Store Day occurs on the third Saturday of April annually, and is organised in Australia by the Alliance of Independent Music Stores (AIMS) and the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS).A full list of exclusive releases from this year

A full list of exclusive releases from this year is available on the official Record Store Day website, here.




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