Courier Country prepares for bumper Record Store Day

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Andy McLaren - Manager of Assai Records in Broughty Ferry, holding copies of two exclusives, on the left, Carousel - Show The World, the first recording on the Assai label, and The View - Hats Off To The Buskers.

The tenth annual Record Store Day event takes place on Saturday, with fans expected to queue for exclusive vinyls from as early as 4am.

Hundreds of music lovers are expected to flock to their favourite record stores to pick up exclusive releases and rare vinyl albums.

Assai Records in Broughty Ferry host Dundee band The View, who will be holding a signing session as part of their own ten-year anniversary of debut album Hats Off To The Buskers.

Concorde Music in Perth is taking part for the fifth year and owner Gary Smith said it was not unusual for music lovers to start queuing outside his shop from 4am in anticipation.

Record Store Day takes place in shops across the world, and there are strict rules imposed on retailers taking part.

Artists record or re-release special edition vinyl recordings, and this year’s haul sees re-issued singles from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and a special picture disk of Fawlty Towers, among hundreds of others.

Special Record Store Day vinyls cannot be sold before 8am on the day itself, and shop owners have to let organisers know what records they want in advance.

Assai will be taking part in the event for the second time this year, and store manager Andy McLaren said it was always hard to tell which records will be most popular.

Almost 100 people lined-up outside the Ferry store before the 8am start last year, with many coming from other parts of Scotland.

The queue at 7.30am outside Assai on Record Store Day 2016, © DC Thomson
The queue at 7.30am outside Assai on Record Store Day 2016,

Andy said: “We will open at 8am, as per Record Store Day rules, and we are hoping even more people will attend the event this year.

“The View will be holding a signing event at 10.30am, where fans will have the chance to meet the band, and then another Dundee band – Carousel – will be launching their debut album with an in-store performance.

“This year we have David Bowie releases, which I expect to be popular, as well as a 12-inch Pink Floyd single and a Smiths single.

“It is always difficult to tell just what’s going to sell the most, and that makes it very interesting.”

Gary Smith, of Perth shop Concorde Music, said people get excited enough to start queuing at 4am to get their hands on the most exclusive albums.

“Between 20 and 30 people usually arrive in the first hour, and then the queue really starts to expand after around 5.30,” he said.

“This is the fifth year we have taken part in Record Store Day, and we have a full list of available albums and vinyls – and their quantities – on our website.”