His comments come as the countdown to global event gets underway with the news that 550 special releases will hit the shelves of independent record stores.
Some of the highlights set to hit the shelves on 13 April include exclusives from Aretha Franklin, Robyn, Pink Floyd and Idles.
Speaking to HU17.net Neil said;
“It is a very special day for all of us independent record shops. It’s an opportunity for music lovers to come to our shop. Also, it is a great event to celebrate our favourite music with all our loyal customers.”
“This is why events like RSD, which champions physical shops all over the UK is more important than ever.”
Last year’s event proved to be a massive success. Locally people were lined up outside Bug Vinyl on Ladygate as record lovers queued from the early hours to get their hands on the limited edition releases.
Record Store Day Brings Music Lovers and Retailers Together
In all 90,000 records were sold on Record Store Day alone.
While this day is an important one, the industry as a whole is showing continued growth. Sales figures show that in the UK alone the number of vinyl records sold is increasing by 16pc year on year.
The full list of the records which will be released for the day has been made public. Some of the most popular artists to feature include Prince. While Bananarama a popular all-female band will also be releasing a special remix.
“Apart from these artists from the 80s some of the highlights for me which are being released on Record Store Day include Dexys Midnight Runners, Courtneers and Japan.”
“I think this time around one of the most sought after releases will be by REM. With their release under the name Bingo Hand Job.”
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