Record Store Day (RSD) will go ahead IRL in 2021 (in Australia) with two days set aside for a host of limited edition releases and parties staged at your local record store.
Hip hop legends Hilltop Hoods and Hiatus Kaiyote's lead singer and solo artist Nai Palm have been named as Australia's ambassadors of Record Store Day 2021, which will be staged 12 June and 17 July.
"As a fanatical collector myself," Hilltop Hoods Suffa says, "I've always participated in RSD, so when we were asked to become ambassadors, it was a no-brainer.
"It's an honour to throw our support behind the record stores, particularly the mom & pops stores who need our support more than ever."
After the virtual events of last year, record lovers will be able to attend a host of specially organised events featuring live music, deals and discounts, as well as digging through lots of lovely vinyl (of course).
Given the continuing uncertainty COVID-19 is still producing, each store will operate a little differently. Some will install one-way systems with marshals. Others will feature distanced queues. Though there'll be plenty of hand sanitiser available for safe crate digging.
"Vinyl is forever," Nai Palm says. "Record stores go hand in hand with the local music scene. Playing records is the sonic equivalent of nestling up to a fire. Warm and inviting.
"In an age of modern technology where you are inundated with choice and playlists, there's something sacred about putting on a record and listening start to finish. It comforts the soul.
"I love going to Northside to see a performance and see people trickle out into the street like confetti; stopping traffic for the love of music."
Of the two 2021 RSD, 12 June will be the bigger of the two with around two-thirds of the limited edition drops available alongside the various party elements at respective stores; 17 July is set aside for a more chilled day for 'come on down to your local store for treasures' with the final third of limited edition drops also made available.
On both dates, online sales of limited edition records will be allowed from 6pm and not before. Stay updated with the various limited edition drops.2021 Record Store Day takes place 12 June and 17 July.