Dermot O'Leary hails Record Store Day UK as fans flock to back vinyl


Dermot O'Leary has hailed Saturday's Record Store Day UK as "a great celebration" as music fans turned out to support independent record shops.

BBC Music partnered with Record Store Day UK for its ninth annual celebration of both the vinyl format and the outlets where it is stocked.

Participating stores sold exclusive, limited-edition records especially for the annual event.

BBC Radio 2's Dermot O'Leary

This year's selection included David Bowie's I Dig Everything: The Pye Singles 1966, Miles Davis's Ghetto Walkin' on 12´´ and Desmond Dekker's Rude Boy Ska LP, to name a few.

Special programming took place across the BBC's radio networks, and in particular on BBC Radio 6 Music.

BBC Radio 2´s Dermot was joined by London-based musical duo Public Service Broadcasting and Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit.

Shoppers pack the Love Vinyl record shop in Hoxton, east London for Record Store Day

"To celebrate Record Store Day, we welcomed in Public Service Broadcasting for a Saturday Session," he said.

"They released a special 7´´ of The Other Side from their album Race For Space. In 11 years of doing this show on BBC Radio 2, it was the biggest audience response we have ever had."

Dermot added: "The show was filled with record shops up and down the country getting in touch, telling us what they were up to, but mainly listeners lamenting the records that had already sold out.

Record Store Day in Love Vinyl

"It was a great celebration of the music industry," the 42-year-old said.

BBC Radio 6 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs spoke with enthusiasm about the communal experience of record aficionados.

"Above all else, Record Store Day brings a real sense of communion, uniting a family of vinyl lovers across the world," she said.

BBC presenter Mary Anne Hobbs

"It's so exciting for us to share the experiences of the 6 Music listeners who've been camping out all night outside their favourite shops."

On social media, several artists from the world of music encouraged their followers to participate in Record Store Day.

Billy Bragg, who purchased PJ Harvey's latest release, posted a message of support.

Rock band The Zombies tweeted about their special vinyl.

Fame Academy pop star Lemar posted a photo of himself in London's Sister Ray Records.

The BBC said it expected more than 25,000 music fans for this year's event.

Record Store Day launched in the UK in 2008, a year after it premiered in the US. Celebrated on the third Saturday in April, it has in turn spearheaded the UK vinyl revival as sales topped 2.1m units in 2015.