Record Store Day was originally supposed to take place this past weekend, however, due to the current global health pandemic, it was unsurprisingly postponed until June. Now, vinyl fans have come up with an initiative called #FillTheGap to make up for its absence.
With many independent record stores up and down the country suffering financial difficulty after being forced into closing their doors for the foreseeable future, and the loss of revenue from the Record Store Day postponement, the somewhat bleak future of small businesses is one that most record shops will be fearing.
With that in mind, the new initiative was launched for music fans to treat themselves online to some of their favourite records on vinyl and support a local record store at the same time.
Encouraging fans to do so, the movement posted on social media: “Today would have been Record Store Day and although we can’t celebrate in stores with you, independent record shops are still selling online. If you can, please support your local this weekend and pick up the record that is missing from your collection.”
It is still very much unknown and seemingly unlikely at this point that Record Store Day will take place on the postponed date in June, therefore during these uncertain times your local record store needs your help now more than ever.
With 230 independent stores from every corner of the country were set to take part in this year’s event, find the full list of participating stores here and support your local one if you can afford to.