Truck Store in Cowley Road has been celebrating its 10th anniversary and over the years there have been lots of in store performances to entertain customers who love to visit to buy vinyl and CDs.

Some top acts have played on a very small stage to a packed store, including Stornoway, The Staves, Michael Kiwanuka and Dave Gedge of The Wedding Present.

David Gedge of the Wedding Present performs for Record Store Day at the Truck Store

Staff are looking forward to reopening once coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

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They have highlighted some memorable performances on the store's Facebook page.

One post said: "There’s possibly no band who had as big an impact on the early days of Truck Store as the much missed @stornowayband.

Oxford band Spring Offensive play to a packed Truck Store in Cowley Road on its fifth birthday

Oxford band Spring Offensive play to a packed Truck Store

"Back in 2015 the band released their 3rd album the same week as Record Store Day so obviously it became Record Stornoway Day! We also nearly killed Oli with a falling bicycle, oops!"

Another said: "We were so excited to host the absolute superstar @michaelkiwanuka on our tiny little stage back in 2016. Such a nice guy, incredible talent and surefire Truck Hall of Famer!"

Carl Smithson of the Truck Store which will be running a stage at the Cowley Road Carnival Picture Sales Ref: OX59709 Picture: Ric Mellis 10/6/13 Oxford catchline: carnival truck Requested: Freddie Whittaker Length: live lead

Carl Smithson of the Truck Store

The store toasted the anniversary by posting a set by DJ Crisp.

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It added: "With so many artists gracing our stage we couldn’t possibly feature everyone we’d like to but we extend a huge thanks to everyone who has played, promoted or attended any of our events! Let’s hope it’s not too long until the next one!"

Truck has also organised a number of gigs outside the store including one at the Ashmolean Museum.

Phil McMinn; 100th performer; Truck record Shop, 101 Cowley Road, OX4; 27 October 2012; Job name: Truck store 100; PictureSales Ref: OX55221; Notes: Truck Store celebrates its 100th live performance - with set by oxford artist Pic of Phil McMinn - the 100

Phil McMinn; 100th performer

The store said: "This was one of the stranger events we’ve put on... here’s @theaugustlist and @salvationbill playing in the baroque room of the Ashmolean!

"Main memory of this event was watching in fear how close Ollie T’s guitar was getting to a priceless statue!"

Truck Store's stay on Cowley Road has coincided with the resurgence of vinyl record sales and the annual celebration of vinyl with Record Store Day.

Rapture is Truck's sister store in Witney, which has one of the best collections of secondhand vinyl in the country, as well as selling new vinyl albums and CDs.

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Oxford lost Fopp record store at Gloucester Green in 2019 but the same year Riverman Records, an independent record store, opened in Walton Street, Jericho.

19-04-2014 Record Store Day, Truck Store, Cowley Road Dreaming Spires perform. Catchline: record store day - truck Length: standalone Copy: Ben Wilkinson OX66694 Damian Halliwell

19-04-2014 Record Store Day, Truck Store, Cowley Road

And in November last year music fans from an independent Oxford record label combined their passion for bands and beer by opening a shop selling both.

Big Scary Monsters, which has been releasing records from alternative bands for 20 years, put the finishing touches to their new shop in Cowley Road.

Greg Duran, 25, (07779379325) takes a break from the crush during Record Store Day at the Truck Store in Cowley Road Picture Sales Ref: OX58705 Picture: Ric Mellis 20/4/13 Oxford catchline: record store day Requested: Tim Hughes Length: pic cap

Greg Duran, 25, takes a break from the crush during Record Store Day

The Big Scary Monsters Social Club is part bar and part music shop, and will give fans a chance to pick up releases by some of the label’s artists.

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Lockdown restrictions has not given it the best start but its location is perfect for music fans, being close to Truck Store, The Music Box instrument shop, and the city’s principal gig venues, the O2 Academy and The Bullingdon, along with popular bar, The Library.

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