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Record Store Day can be something of a mixed blessing for some stores; higher priced stock resulting in a massive layout with no guarantee of sales can mean that some smaller shops are lucky to break even. That said, the opportunity for repeat business in the future and the option to get music hungry punters through the door often outweighs the negatives. This year 75% of the 587 releases are on independent labels, which is hopefully good news for independent artists too. With 225 stores across the UK signed up to take part on Saturday 18th April, the North East has an excellent choice of locations for you to make your purchases, no matter where you live.

Most shops lay on some extra entertainment throughout the day, and if you’re in Newcastle you’ll be hard pressed not to see acoustic duo Jinski, who launch their new vinyl EP on the same day and they’ll be playing live at RPM, Beatdown and Reflex to celebrate. Beatdown will be home to a handful of other live performers plus a host of DJ action throughout the day, while Reflex will also play host to French singer songwriter Charlotte Yanni among others.

RPM will have live music and DJs throughout the day, with John Nellist and Finders Keepers’ Doug Shipton on DJ duties. Doug will be bringing some special releases with him to celebrate 10 years of the label and will also compile a one-off mix CD only available from RPM on the day. Performance wise, Monkey Junk, Behold A Pale Horse, Grey Tapes and more will be playing live plus there’s DJ slots from Mr Blazey, Jelvis Presley and more.

An aftershow party will also take place at No. 28.

On a connected side note, over the road from RPM at BALTIC 39 music lovers can enjoy the continuation of The Curves Of The Needle exhibition, which explores album artwork and the cultural significance of the record collection, bringing together contemporary artists who have experimented with the format. Also taking place in Newcastle at Northumbria Uni is a vinyl record fair featuring new and used vinyl, plus posters, rarities, autographs and other associated merch.

In Sunderland, Hot Rats will put on live performances towards the end of the day, and Pop Recs Ltd. will be home to an enticing collection of live acts too.

Teesside music lovers can shop until they drop at Sound It Out in Stockton from 8am, and enjoy a feast of live music from Interrobang, Hyde & Beast and Be Quiet Shout Loud at the Georgian Theatre in the evening. Tickets are free from Sound It Out during the day, or £2 on the door.

Record Store Day takes place on Saturday 18th April.

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