Tim Burgess welcomes the vinyl revival

Tim Burgess, of indie rock band The Charlatans, believes Record Store Day is increasingly important for the independent record shops across the country. 

The frontman spoke to Natalie Rees about his thoughts on the day, his love for vinyl and it’s recent upsurge in sales.

“There seems to be an excitement and it doesn’t look like slowing down. New record shops are opening and hopefully fewer will be closing down. The enthusiasm for vinyl is getting stronger than ever.”

The frontman, who’s track ‘Trouble Understanding’ has been remixed for an exclusive 12″ release, offered his support regarding the resurrection of vinyl and the spotlight RSD shines on the stores themselves, “They are a place to spend time – compared to clicking a mouse on an online site.”

He continued by saying that he prefers the vinyl experience, “there’s a ritual to taking a record from the box, then the sleeve – maybe reading the sleevenotes as you listen”.

“There’s nothing wrong with listening to an MP3 on the tube but vinyl is a bit less hectic. “

The Charlatans played a gig on the Isle of Man last night, where there are no shops that sell vinyl.

“I’m hoping Blossoms will bring a copy of their record store 7″ as they are supporting us. I’ll take a copy of the remix that Norman Cook has done of Trouble Understanding and we can maybe do a record store day swap.”

Tim’s Top Picks #RSD16:

Howard Marks reads Dylan Thomas 10″ – OGENESIS

“Sadly, Howard died a few days ago so that record has some real resonance.”

Mercury Rev/Lost Horizons – Life Inside A Paradox/Rainy Day Record 7″ – BELLA UNION

How is vinyl taking off?

(Data: Official Charts Company)

…And Here’s What Happened In Manchester

Thousands of vinyl lovers around the world celebrated Record Store Day 2016 by going down to their favourite independent record shop to get their hands on exclusive and limited edition releases.

In Manchester, Vinyl Exchange, Piccadilly Records, Eastern Bloc and Vinyl Revival joined the other 200 independent music retailers across the country to welcome fans of the music format.

The annual event, which is now in its ninth year, saw queues forming around the Northern Quarter hours before doors opened, with some dedicated and determined customers camping overnight to ensure they would get what they wanted.

I spoke to some of those waiting in line to find out what was on their list and why they love vinyl:



78% of responses agreed that independent record shops are still important.

(Data: Twitter Poll)

What did exclusive releases did you buy? Join in the conversation with #RSD16