Best things to do on Record Store Day 2018 in Manchester

It's that time of year again when you turn off your Spotify, throw your iPod out of the window and head on out to grab some brilliant exclusive Record Store Day vinyl.

By Ben Brown | Last updated 20 April 2018

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As well as all the shopping, there’s plenty of events going on around the city where you can show off what you’ve bought…

Exclusive RSD Records
Each year they release a massive list of exclusive one-day only records for RSD and there are some absolute beauties to get your hands on this Saturday. There’s Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special, James Brown Live at Chastain Park 1985, Prince – 1999 12″ Black vinyl album and of course, a 7″ single of Shaggy’s ‘Oh Carolina’. You can check out the full list of everything right here.


Cottonopolis always put a good show on during Record Store Day and this year sees them host a face-off between two heavyweights: Athens Of The North and Mr Bongo Records. Both famed for their extensive record collections, the labels are sure to bring something special to the day. On top of this there will be exclusive records on sale from Athens Of The North, Dig Deep Records and Planet Rock. The music starts at 3pm until late into the night, with records on sale from 2pm until 5pm.

Cottonopolis, 16 Newton St, Manchester M1 2AE


Eastern Bloc Records
There’s always a big jock-off party at Eastern Bloc on Record Store Day and 2018 is no exception. As well as stocking key official RSD titles, they’ll be starting the party early with DJs on all day from 9am right into the early hours. That’s 17 hours of tunes, and it’s bloody free! The list of the line-up is massive so I’m not going to bother writing it all down here, if you’re interested – use Ask Jeeves or something.

Eastern Bloc, 5A Stevenson Square, Manchester M1 1DN


Piccadilly Records
As with every record shop on RSD, Piccadilly Record will be stocking many of the unique and exclusive records available specifically for the day, as well as offering a roster of live bands from 5pm at Common. It’s all FREE and you can expect Francis Lung, The Foetails, Secret Admirer, a Pins DJ set and more!

Piccadilly Records, 53 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JR


The Bay Horse Tavern
Top idea this. To celebrate Record Store Day, NQ pub The Bay Horse Tavern are putting on a ‘Bring Your Own Records’ night, where the public bring in their own vinyl to be played alongside those of the DJ. So, if you’ve got a particularly rare number, your favourite song or just that Kylie Minogue LP that everyone has, take it down and get it on. You can listen to it while enjoying a lovely pie, or even a couple of them brilliant small plates they do.

The Bay Horse Tavern, 35-37 Thomas St, Manchester M4 1NA


LVL 41.3: LEVELZ Record Store Day Special
Record Store Day will see Finest favourites Levelz head up an all vinyl session over at Hidden right throughout the evening and into Sunday morning. Hosted by the Levelz gang, the evening will feature plenty of Hip Hop, Drum & Bass and Dubstep, plus a few likely surprises and special guests too. Get your tickets below;

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Fair Play Vinyl Fair: Record Store Day Special at Behind Closed Doors
The Fair Play Vinyl fairs have been doing really well on their monthly trips to Behind Closed Doors and so they’ve decided to add a special Record Store Day event too, which makes a lot of sense really. There’s a rotating selection of sellers every time with this special featuring the likes of Dig Deep Records, El Diablo’s Social Club, BBE Records and loads more. In addition to this, there will be a full day of DJs from 1pm, banging out the tunes. For more detailed information, head here.

Behind Closed Doors, 91-95 Oldham Street, M4 1LW


Endless Music
Saturday will see Endless kick off Record Day with a massive list of exclusive records available, as well as some live music in the form of Jay Stansfield. I’ve personally never heard of him, but to be perfectly honest I’ve never heard of a lot of people. According to the blurb, he’s a songwriter with a vast catalogue of songs and recently supported Grandaddy at Manchester’s Albert Hall. It starts at 9am so set your alarm.

Endless Music, 377 Bury Old Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1QA


Soup Kitchen
Another year and it’s another big line up for Soup Kitchen’s Record Store Day celebrations. They’ll be kicking off with a day full of live music including Possum, Inland Taipan, Strange Friends and headliners Vulgarians. It will all start kicking off around 4pm do there will be plenty of time to queue up and grab some records beforehand from the many shops in the vicinity. Tickets are 4 quid.

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Soup Kitchen, 31-33 Spear St, Manchester M1 1DF


Vinyl Exchange
As you’d expect Vinyl Exchange will be stocking a vast majority of the exclusive RSD records so you should probably head on down there early so you don’t miss out on anything. They’ve also got some Vinyl Exchange x Carhartt tote bags for people buying stuff on Saturday and I’m sure there’ll be plenty of banging tunes to listen to while you flick away.

Vinyl Exchange, 18 Oldham St, Manchester M1 1JN


Record Store Day at Common
Common have got together with Piccadilly Records this RSD to put on a day full of live music and beer starting at around 5pm and continuing into the early hours. There will be live music from Francis Lung, The Foetals and Secret Admirer, as well as DJ sets from Pins and the Piccadilly Records lot. Not only this but they’ll be serving up a load of the lovely Belgian pilsner Bavik Pils, as well as a special Record Store Day Beer collaboration with Cloudwater and Piccadilly Records.

Common, 39 Edge St, Manchester M4 1HW