Queues of music fans are expected to return for Record Store Day on Saturday.

Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 260 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture.

Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion.

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Staff at Truck Store in Cowley Road will be ready to open from 8am, and expect to be busy all day until about 6pm.

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But vinyl obsessives who want to get their hands on a special release could bring their sleeping bags from 3am to make sure they are at the front of the queue.

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A DJ set instore in the afternoon will add to the fun.

It's the first time Record Store Day has been operational without restrictions since 2019.

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Over the past two years record buyers have splashed out on the limited edition records at staggered appointments.

Truck Store sales assistant Loveday King said it was hard to predict how many music fans would turn up.

She added: "Some people may not want to queue for Covid reasons but others will be excited to be back.

"In the past we have had people queuing from about 3am - we will open at 8am and stay open until about 6pm."

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Truck Store's sister store Rapture in Witney will also be stocking Record Store Day releases.

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Ms King added: "You do see the same people each year queuing up - there's a real hardcore who come along to this.

"Some of these RSD releases are dearer than the average record - I think people like the event side of this - it has become a social thing and a celebration of records.

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"It's a lot of fun and a good opportunity to remind people that we are here.

"This year we are back to the excitement of the queuing and the anticipation."

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If they are not all sold out, Ms King said she might buy a copy of Lady Blackbird's Did Somebody Make a Fool Outta You on 7-inch for £14.99, or an album of Joni Mitchell's Blue-era demos for £34.99.

Special editions and reissues have become increasingly popular in recent years as vinyl fans look to upgrade their collections.

For example, Echo and the Bunnymen's first best-of compilation Songs To Learn and Sing, is back on vinyl for the first time since its original release in 1985. HMV is selling it for £22.95.

The album has been reissued in black, as well as being released in a special edition package featuring the album on splatter vinyl alongside a 7 inch of the band’s first single, Pictures On My Wall/Read It In Books.

Some record stores, including Riverman Records in Walton Street, which stocks a tremendous selection of second-hand vinyl, won't be participating in Record Store Day.

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But owners of stores not taking part may be hoping they see increased footfall if more people are out and about buying records.

UK vinyl sales reached a high in 2021 with about five million records sold in the UK - the highest total since 1990.

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