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Top US singer Kacey Musgraves heads to Billericay for Record Store Day

By DarrylWebber  |  Posted: April 18, 2013

  • Kacey Musgraves plays a half hour set at Slipped Discs on Saturday

  • Record Store Day takes place across the UK and USA

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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

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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."

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