Acclaimed US country music star Kacey Musgraves is coming to
Billericay's Slipped Discs this Saturday (April 20) as part of Record Store Day
Special events are taking place across the country for the
annual celebration of independent record shops with a number of Essex stores
taking part and stocking vinyl releases only available on the day.
Kacey Musgraves' 30 minute set at Slipped Discs in
Billericay High Street at 4pm is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the day, with
the 24-year-old getting critical acclaim for her mixture of traditional song forms
with controversial subject matter.
Elsewhere in Essex, Intense Records in Viaduct Road,
Chelmsford, is hosting a day of performances from DJs and artists from 10am-6pm
with competitions, giveaways and a raffle. Expect a day of top dance tunes
taking in house, garage, techno, drum 'n' bass and dubstep; full details on the
Facebook event page.
Other Essex shops taking part in Record Store Day include
Adrian's of Wickford, Blast in Braintree, Crazy Beat in Upminster and Fives in
Leigh-on-Sea but you can find a full list of participating stores at http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk
Record Store Day came about in 2007 when more than 700
independent US stores took part and the celebration soon caught on in the UK,
gaining momentum with the vinyl revival of recent years.
Special vinyl and CD releases are available exclusively at
stores on the day, instantly becoming collectors' items. These are listed on
the official website.
Damon Albarn of Blur and Gorillaz, who grew up in
Colchester, said: "I think independent record shops will outlive the music
industry as we know it because long term their value to people is far greater,
because in our era of file-sharing and blogs, you can't replace the actual look
on someone's face when they are playing something they really rate and think
you should listen to it too. It's special."