Rewinding to the days of top tapes

Durham's Empty Shop .Org will be hosting a Cassette Store Day.'From left Sapien Records David Smith, Empty Shop Carlo Viglianisi and Flux Tapes Faithful Johannes
Durham's Empty Shop .Org will be hosting a Cassette Store Day.'From left Sapien Records David Smith, Empty Shop Carlo Viglianisi and Flux Tapes Faithful Johannes
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Music makers are rewinding to the days of cassette tapes with a free day of entertainment.

Empty Shop, in Durham’s Framwellgate Bridge, will be taken over by music stalls and free live music for International Cassette Store Day.

It’s the first time the city has taken part in the annual event after record labels, artists and promoters got together to throw the spotlight on Durham’s diverse range of music.

The day, which takes place on Saturday, October 17, will feature stalls from record labels, record stores, video producers, artist services and event teams.

Jonny Swift, from Flux Tapes label and band Outside Your House, said: “We started a cassette label as it’s a cheap way to present your product.

“Although it’s not vinyl, it’s a little level up for bands and still gives them a tangible product.

“With Cassette Store Day we wanted to do something beyond that.

“Durham is a bit on its own in the music scene, because of all the bigger cities around it.

“But it’s a very eclectic place, and that’s mirrored in the music.

“Empty Shop is a great venue and a lot revolves around it, so it was the obvious place to host the event.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for everyone involved with music, whether an artist, music fan or business, to come together and discover what is on offer around Durham.”

Jen Long, co-founder of Cassette Day, said: “Cassette tapes aren’t just a format, they’re a culture and cassette culture is as much about collaboration as doing it yourself.”

l Cassette Day will be held from 1pm with live music and a DJ from 8pm.