Dozens of record fans queued outside Truck Store on Cowley Road this morning, eager to get their hands on special vinyl releases.

Record Store Day celebrates the unique culture of independent record shops across the country, with special vinyl releases made exclusively for the day and many shops hosting performances.

Truck Store opened its doors two hours early this morning in light of the day but a long queue of record collectors already waited outside the shop well before 8am.  

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Music enthusiasts had until 6pm to pick up the newly pressed records, with a DJ set Mandrake Handshake in the afternoon to break up the day.

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Prior to the event the store made it clear people could buy as many Record Store Day titles as they like but they were limited to one copy per person, to make it fair for everyone.

22-year old record collector Neve Gascoyne was hoping to get a copy of Taylor Swift’s The Lakes, Doctor Who: Dead Air - an exclusive-to-audio Doctor Who adventure featuring David Tennant – and The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift – Original Score for her brother.

She said: “I have been coming to Record Store Day since 2017. I really enjoy it, I have been collecting records since then. I like the opportunity to get things that have not been pressed before and find a few new gems.”

Her friend Violet Gardener, 22, was keen to pick up a copy of Sleep Token’s album Sundowning.

She described it as her “favourite album of all time” and said she loves the band “to death”.

19-year olds Gray Gathergood-Dains and Morgan Sagar were in the queue before doors opened.

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Mr Sagar said he had only recent got into record collecting and was there “just to browse” while Ms Gathergood-Dains was the more experienced of the pair.

She also wanted to get her hands on copy of Taylor Swift’s The Lakes.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this is the first Record Store Day since 2019 without any restrictions at Truck Store.

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However, when the shop opened staff let people in a few at a time in order to allow for “comfortable browsing”.

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A spokesperson for Truck Store said: “After the disruption and split dates of the last couple of Record Store Day events - because of you-know-what - we’re pleased that 2022 is back to one single date, April 23.

“That being said there are still some issues with pressing plant delays so the Record Store Day organisers have factored this in with a planned Record Store Day Drop date on June 18 for any titles which find themselves delayed.”


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