Manchester music lovers queue from midnight for Record Store Day 2011

By Will De Nardo

Hundreds of music lovers swarmed Piccadilly Records on Saturday, desperate to get their hands on limited edition releases from their favourite artists as part of Record Store Day 2011.

The annual worldwide celebration of independent record stores saw musicians release limited numbers of records exclusive to participating stores.

Piccadilly Records on Oldham Street, opened its doors at 9am, but keen collectors were there queuing from midnight.

“We must have had 600-700 people through the door during the day” said Darryl Mottershead, one of the owners of Piccadilly Records.

“We thought last year went really well, but this year has far exceeded it.”

By the time the store opened, the crowd had spilt round the corner on to Tib Street.

Fans were also treated to live music across the road at Night & Day Cafe, which included performances from Dutch Uncles, The Answering Machine, Brown Brogues, Patterns and Louche FC.

“We tried to make it almost a bit of a festival, it was a really good line up, it was a lot of hard work but we we’re all really chuffed” said Darryl.

Because demand for most of the releases was high, some fans were left disappointed.

Elliot Smith, 18 said: “I didn’t get anything I wanted, despite getting there relatively early.

“I was a bit annoyed as I made a special journey from Buxton.

 “I like the idea of what record store day is trying to do, but I don’t think the scramble for limited edition records that sell out within half an hour is really going to regain interest in independent record stores.

“They need to go a different way about it.

“The day wasn’t totally wasted though, I really enjoyed watching the bands at Night & Day.”

Record Store Day was founded America in 2007 to highlight the unique culture surrounding independent record stores.

Since then it has become global event, with over 1000 stores taking part worldwide.

In the UK alone 180 stores stocked over 250 exclusive records and CDs.

Reggie Cumbernauld who queued for two hours said: “I think Record Store Day is a great idea.

“It gets people to these shops and away from cheaper, more accessible places such as HMV or buying online.

“I met a few people in the queue, I feel like I’ve known them for years we were there that long.

“There needs to be a better system for the more popular records, though, like a ballot online beforehand.

“I can’t wait for next year, it’s such a cool day with a great atmosphere and everyone wears colourful skinny ties”

Amongst the most popular releases were Radiohead’s Supercollider/The Butcher and the Arctic Monkeys’ Don’t Sit Down (Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair) both of which were on eBay just moments after selling out.

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