Record Store Day – social distancing, new dates

Record Store Day will no longer take place on 20 June, but instead will be spread over three “drop” dates in August, September, and October.

As the music industry continues to navigate the unique circumstances of a global pandemic, it has been announced today that Record Store Day will no longer be taking place on 20 June 2020. Instead, in an effort to increase social distancing, the event will be spread across three “drop dates”: 29 August, 26 September and 24 October 2020.

The titles on the official RSD release list, which were originally intended to be released on 18 April 2020, will now be available from independent record shops on one of the three new dates. More information about which dates these new releases will be assigned is coming on 1 June.

These new changes should allow the largest possible number of stores a chance to participate in the worldwide event. You can find out which stores are participating in Record Store Day here.

Organisers have also warned not to expect the same celebrations as years gone by, as these measures have been taken for the safety of retailers and customers and reflect social distancing advice. Equally, we may have to stay tuned for further updates as the situation develops.

Check the Record Store Day website for updates, and get your copy of the official guide.