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Thursday 06 May 2021

Noel Gallagher Backs Survival Of Indie Record Stores As He Steps Forward As Ambassador For Record Store Day 2021

Record Store Day, the annual celebration of the UK's independent record stores, has announced Noel Gallagher as the official ambassador of this year's celebrations.
Credit Matt Crockett 2021

With his long history of supporting indie record stores and already five Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Record Store Day releases (which have been amongst the event"s best-selling vinyl), Noel  is undeniably the perfect artist to take on this year's ambassador role.
 
Upon being enlisted as the ambassador for 2021's event, Noel said: 

"Record shops were really important when I was growing up. It's something that"s in my DNA. 

"I think if we can keep record shops open for as long as possible, we owe it to the young people of this country. 

"For this year's Record Store Day I'll be getting involved. I've got something unique coming out. Hopefully the fans will like it and they'll keep the flame burning for your local record shop."

Watch Noel's special video message to record shops.

Noel Gallagher - Record Store Day [2021 Ambassador Interview]

This year's Record Store Day event is set to take place across two Drops on the 12th June and 17th July. 

Hundreds of artists are releasing special and exclusive vinyl records to support the 250 shops who have faced enforced closures for more than three months this year alone. 

This means that the success of this year's Record Store Day event will be more important to retailers than ever before.

Every year Record Store Day enlists one record store loving ambassador to fly the flag on behalf of record shops up and down the country. 

In previous years the role has been taken on by the likes of The Big Moon, The Mighty Boosh, Rag n Bone Man, Sir Elton John, Kae Tempest and Izzy Bizu, among many others. 

The ambassador works in tandem with Record Store Day to encourage music lovers to support their local record store and discover the joys of vinyl.

Record Store Day is widely regarded as the catalyst behind the phenomenal resurgence in vinyl as sales topped more than 5m units in the UK in 2020 - this is compared to just 205k in 2008 when Record Store Day began. 

Though there is a still a long way to go, the success of the event has sparked a huge turnaround in fortunes for the nation's independent record stores who have weathered the coronavirus pandemic with unwavering resilience and ingenuity.

by: Mike Cobley




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