This Saturday is Record Store Day, and there is no better way to support local, independent record shops across the region than checking out what they have to offer.
Record Store Day – a global celebration of the indie record store space and the largest event on any music collector’s calendar – is rolling into town for its 16th year on Saturday 22 April 2023.
Celebrating across the country, Record Store Day aims to spotlight and give back to the passionate folk behind the front counter, who share access, knowledge, and an undying love of the world’s best music. In doing so, a bunch of in-person Record Store Day events and activations will be held at participating stores across Australia, with many retailers offering extended trade, special deals and in-store performances amongst plenty of other fun activities.
Plus, of course, these record stores will be selling the top-tier exclusive RSD releases, in what has been called ‘RSD Drops’, to bring revenue to the stores, as well as to the artists, labels, distribution and every other business behind the scenes making record stores work.
Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.
This year the list boasts releases a who’s who of Australian artists plucked from a range of genres, the all-star cast of RSD specials includes Peking Duk w/ Darren Hayes, Bluey, Ball Park Music, Close Counters, Confidence Man, Ella Thompson, Forest Claudette, GUM / Ambrose Kenny-Smith, Hugo Basclain, Ocean Alley, Penny Ikinger, Polish Club, Underground Lovers and Winterbourne. You’ll also find exclusive RSD titles from some huge names like The 1975, Fleetwood Mac, Dolly Parton, Maya Hawke, Kasabian Vs The Prodigy, and stacks more – even Taylor Swift!
The fun of RSD Drops though is that not every store has everything because these are, after all, limited editions. Stores won’t know what they’ve got until a day or so before, when they open their boxes, so the best way to find out what a store has is to say close to their website and social media and to check out the online store.
Here’s where to celebrate Record Store Day 2023
For those real keen on celebrating Record Store Day we suggest heading on down to the brand new record store this Saturday to grab some awesome records and check out some wicked live music! Popcultcha will be celebrating with exclusive vinyl, live music, and good times with this entirely free event. Performances from Daisy Kilbourne, Isabelle Khalife, and Hassall.
The store will swing open the doors at 9am so head in early to score some rare gems.
Address: 96-98 Ryrie Street, Geelong, VIC, Australia, Victoria
Time: 9am for records, 10am – Daisy Kilbourne + 12pm – Isabella Khalife + 2pm – Hassall
Bad Neighbour Records
Celebrating Record Store Day for the second time ever, BNR is hosting an epic event for vinyl lovers of the region with a full day of festivities. Going down on Saturday from 12pm, the record store will see a bunch of DJs hit the decks with their collections (including DJ Worm, Merl, Miami Sammi, T-Boy) while free cold tins will be available to keep everyone quenched from the shape throwing and crate digging! And of course, they’ll also have some RSD releases, new merch, some rare finds and a bunch of specials.
Celebrating all things vinyl at Bad Neighbour Records, 5 Rutland Street, Newtown.
Address: 5 Rutland St, Newtown
Times: 12pm to 6pm
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Gifts for the Geek
The crew at Gifts for the Geek are also jumping on board for Record Store Day, bringing in a stunning collection of exclusive, limited-edition releases for you to get your mitts on.
For RSD the doors will be open from 9:30am for vinyl lovers to sift through the stock. Sadly a lot of RSD titles are running late, but GFTG have still scored a bunch of great titles for Saturday, including the likes of Taylor Swift Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (RSD Exclusive Grey Vinyl), BLUEY – Bluey Dance Mode! (RSD 2023), Carole King Legendary Demos [LP] (Milky Clear Vinyl, limited, indie-exclusive), and Pearl Jam’s Give Way [2LP] (first time on vinyl, gatefold, limited, indie-exclusive), plus heaps more.
Run, don’t walk.
Address: 153-155 Ryrie Street, Geelong
Time: From 9:30am
Celebrating Record Store Day across both Warrnambool and Geelong stores, Prehistoric Sounds will swing open the doors at 10am where they’ll have a slew of exclusive titles up for grabs. Few rules to take note of, there’s no holds and no multi-buys of a particular title. Anything “leftover” will be available to order online from 9am Monday 24th April.
Among the goodies you’ll find include Ball Park Music – It’s Nice To Be Alive [7″], Dermot Kennedy – Sonder (Pic Disc) [LP], Dolly Parton – The Monument Singles Collection: 1964-1968 [LP], Elvis Presley – Burning Love: The RCA Rehearsals [2LP], Motley Crue – Helter Skelter (Pic Disc) [EP], Taylor Swift – Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions (Grey) [2LP], Pearl Jam – Give Way [2LP], The Cranberries – Wake Up And Smell The Coffee (Trans) [LP], and so much more.
You can view the full list of titles via Prehistoric Sounds socials.
Address: The Mill Markets Newcomb, Stall 502 114 Bellarine Hwy Newcomb and 99 Kepler St, Warrnambool.
In The Skies Art & Music
At the tail end of Lorne’s bustling Mountjoy Parade lives one of Bellarine Peninsula’s most inviting and accommodating art spaces. And once again, this community-centric venue will be celebrating record store day.
For RSD this year, they will be offering 10% off all new and second hand vinyl on Saturday, including a modest selection of this year’s exclusive RSD titles. The team will also have their bar – The Painters Arms Lorne – serving up booze and spinning records from 2pm.
Address: 8 Mountjoy Parade, Lorne
Elsewhere in Regional Victoria
Specialising in rare vinyl, original press, vintage records, turntables and amps, Daylesford Records will be celebrating RSD on Saturday with loaded the crates with 100’s of new and archive classics. The store will also have limited stock of some special Record Store Day releases on a first come first served basis… so head on in early.
Address: 8/11 Howe Street, Daylesford
This record store day, Bendigo Vinyl are celebrating with an offering of refurbished Audio Technica turntables, from some of their more popular ranges, for some out of control prices. This is all part of Audio Technica’s environmental commitments to reduce waste and the best way to do that is to re-use things for their initial purpose. Most of the tables in the program have been returned to a retailer with no fault found, potentially unboxed and used once or twice, if at all. Some other models will have been ex-display, used, or repaired but all are practically new, 100% working tables with all the accessories. They even still come with full warranty!
Each table comes newly packaged with a “Tag Zero” sticker with comments and notes from the technician who checked and approved your new turntable. So if you are interested in getting into Vinyl or you need a new turntable, this record store day Bendigo Vinyl will be offering some heavily discounted turntables as part of this program. There will be limited quantities and will be sold first come first serve in store only on record store day, Saturday, April the 22nd.
Address: 333 Hargreaves St, Bendigo VIC 3550
Time: 10am – 5pm
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Record Store Day celebrations at Soundmerch will see Floodlights playing live to celebrate the release of their album ‘Painting Of My Time’, as well as live performances by Babyccino & The Great Intelligence plus special guest DJs.
The store will open from 8am with over 40 RSD exclusive titles available to purchase, while Bands & DJs will run from 12 noon to 5pm. BBQ in the carpark from 12 noon to 2pm and drinks will be provided by Blackhearts & Sparrows.
Address: 64 Oxford Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Time: Open from 8am / Bands & DJs 12noon – 5pm
Record Store Day is being celebrated at ALT-CVLT, with Melbourne’s own HEAVY METAL CHOIR PROJECT. Rock out with Heavy Choir from 2pm and belt out classic heavy metal faves, whilst you check out the RSD Releases that will be available in store only on that morning. Of course you’ll also find merch, clothing, collectables and some unique giftware available to!
Store opens at 10am for those eager to see what we receive as part of Record Store Day, The choir hits the floor at 2pm, so if you are in the area come join your CVLT Crew and fellow metallers and fans of heavy music it’s a fun free event.
Address: 7e Station Street, Frankston VIC 3199
Time: 2pm (Store opens 10am for RSD Releases)
Do you love vinyl records? Do you have a collection at home? Fancy giving them a spin at Captain Stomp Records?? Well now you can!! Hosted by Ren from the mighty 3MDR Radio and The Fat Goat HQ, which is being temporarily relocated to Captain Stomp Records, in celebration of the annual Record Store Day.
The Fat Goat’s famous You Goat Vinyl night is switching up gears for Record Store Day on Saturday 22 April 2023 to have an in-store session at Captain Stomp Records from 11am to 8pm. If you’ve never used a mixer or pro decks before don’t fret. The guys will be on hand to show you everything you need to know. Just sign up to your preferred 20 minute slot and bring your finest selection. On average you’d need around five songs.
Bring your mates, and have a browse through the vinyl racks at Captain Stomp Records where there will be a selection of the limited edition vinyl records being released for RSD 2023, and only available in independent record stores.
Address: 46 Forest Road, Ferntree Gully, Vic, 3156
Time: 11am to 8pm
Record Store Day is a groovy groovy fun packed day that starts off early with specific RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES at Northside Records, which open at 9am.
Ella Thompson will put out a 7” on their label (only 100 pressed) as will Close Counters doing a six track album sampler. They will have this one in special orange (50 copies). The Rookies will also perform and have a special orange coloured RSD edition too!
Live performances will start from 3pm and there will be DJs all day long featuring vinylologists MzRizk, Sampology, and Rex.
Address: 236 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Time: 9am – 6pm
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Along with the awesome RSD releases coming out this weekend, Rare Records will host I Built The Sky who will be performing selected works from his many releases. There will be some IBTS vinyl releases available here exclusively that he can sign on the day if you wish. Rare Records will also be offering 20% off our second hand vinyl for the whole weekend for purchases over $100 and excludes signed vinyl.
Address: 7 Wallace Ave, Point Cook VIC 3030
JJ’s will be hosting an in-store event with loads of new and used vinyl for sale, exclusive RSD titles, discounted titles and music provided by DJ Brett Wolfie care of Melbourne Record Club spinning your favourite tracks from within.
Loads of onsite parking is available, and Beanheads Coffee Shoppe is operating all day providing your caffeine and fuel necessities. Follow the Event Page to keep up to date with all the exclusive titles that they will have on the day.
Address: 279 Wells Road, Chelsea Heights,Vic 3196
Time: 10am – 5pm
Union Heights will be showcasing another heavyweight lineup of local hip hop artists and DJs for RSD. The family friendly event kicks off at 10:30 and features live on the decks: J-RED, DJ WALLZEE, DJ Heata, and Kors Tha Force. There will also be live performances by Ciecmate, Viliani, and RANGES RC.
Plus, Flu will be instore signing the MONEY RSD release on Milesago.
Address: 136 Chapel Street, Windsor, VIC, Australia, Victoria
Wah Wah Records will be graced with performances by Madi Leeds and Primitive Future and will have RSD exclusive titles with discounts on others and sales. Doors from 10am
Address: 196 Smith St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Details: RSD Releases + over 500 used 12” sale for $10 and under alongside fresh and new imports. Bar open and sets from Dyl Thomas, Ingrid, Discourse, Bonnita, A13, DJ Travisty, Horatio Luna, + Teymori.
Address: 250 Flinders St (basement), Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Victoria
Time: 10am – 6pm
Here RSD will be celebrated with twelve hours of DJ fun: 11am -11pm, free munchies for all the crate-diggers, full menu all day plus special cocktails, mulled wine and cider. As for the vinyl, you’ll find $5 yellow dot records, $10 Orange dot Records, 20% off CDs, 10% off vinyls and for every $10 spent on Music, you’ll get a ticket in the Raffle
Address: 176 Bellair Street, Kensington, Vic, 3031
Time: 11am- 11pm
OH JEAN will have a bunch of exclusive titles on sale from 8am – and yes there is Taylor Swift! The venue will be spinning wax all day, coffee will be on as usual per RRIOT HOUSE and there will be some bonus in-store only additions.
Address: 276 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy, 3065, Melbourne
This RSD you’ll find a bunch of exclusive releases, loads of local vinym and live performances from the likes of Georgia Fields, Party Pest, Gena Rose Bruce, Private Mountain, Muma Ganoush and DJ sets from DJ Davicé.
Address: Lvl 1 (Upstairs) Mitchell House 358 Lonsdale Street Melbourne VIC 3000
Time: 9AM – 5PM
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Here you’ll find live music all day, plus raffles, games, and discount specials! All welcome, and it’s kiddo and doggo friendly! There will be heaps of stuff other than vinyl too, so come on down, plus performances from the likes of False Alarmi, Leticia Keane, Errgos Tin Riches, Xani, and Sylvia Gunn.
Address: 134 Nicholson Street Coburg, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Victoria
Time: 11am – 4pm
LPR celebrating Record Store Day 2023 with DJs from 12 throughout the afternoon, outside the front of the store in the salubrious surroundings of Collingwood Yards. Featuring Arlo (Melb’s youngest digger), Gus & Claudia (Stroppies), Isobel & Grace (Rack Off Records), Jensen Tjung (Lower Plenty), and Tamsin Hopkinson (Glass Picture). 1000s of bargain LPs, 45s, and CDs, out the front of the shop too!
Address: Collingwood Yards 3, 30 Perry St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Time: Early opening from 10:30am, DJs from 12
Here the already healthy second-hand shelves will be topped up for the occasion alongside limited stock of some select RSD ‘23 releases, exclusive Natty merch and a big store-wide sale to sweeten the deal. Catch a selection of DJs from the Stable Music roster alongside the Natural Selection heads Charles Eddy & Ed Kent – the tunes cranking so come on down!
Address: 344 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Time: 10am – 6pm
In celebration of Record Store Day, this Collingwood gem will be hosting a Vinyl After Party with the fine folk at Paradise Alley. Together, we will be hosting a selection of vinyl DJs alongside The Gospel drink specials, plus a whiskey tasting after dark. Music spinning from 2pm-12am with a schedule of vinyl DJ sets curated by Mr Lob, who will close the night with the last set from 10pm-12am.
Address: 25 Easey St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Time: 2pm – 12am
Check out the complete list of RSD Australia releases via the Record Store Day Australia website, and be sure to support your local indie record store when Record Store Day 2023 rolls around this year.