Sunderland’s Pop Recs and Hot Rats celebrate World Record Store Day

Frankie and the Heartstrings open up an independent record shop in Fawcett Street.
Frankie and the Heartstrings open up an independent record shop in Fawcett Street.
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THE city centre will ring out with the sound of free live music in an annual celebration of independent traders.

Independent record stores Pop Recs Ltd and Hot Rats are playing host to events tomorrow to coincide with Record Store Day.

The event emerged in American in 2007 when music fans, who feared the closure of their favourite shops, started an initiative to celebrate them.

Today, it’s snowballed into a world-wide festival, with shops offering exclusive releases and hosting gigs.

For its first Record Store Day, Pop Recs Ltd, which was started in June 
by Frankie & the Heartstrings, will be open from 8am until 9pm hosting live music and selling exclusive vinyl releases.

A highlight of the day will be a performance at 2.30pm from critically-acclaimed Public Service Broadcasting.

The duo perform a blend of indie, dance and electric music interwoven with old public information films and recordings. Their colourful set sees them using vintage TV sets and state-of-the-art modern video projection devices.

Also performing on Saturday will be The Crooks and The Sons of Bido Lito, as well as DJ sets from Ward 10 and DJ Search Warrant.

Dave Harper, drummer with Frankie & the Heartstrings, said: “People really get behind the day and do special releases to draw attention to the independent record market.

“The day will be free to attend, we always try and keep everything free when we can. The shop’s had a great few weeks with performances from the likes of Franz Ferdinand, and we’ve had some great awards and press. But awards don’t pay the bills, we still need people to come to the shop and use it.”

In Stockton Road, Hot Rats will be hosting acoustic sessions from local folk acts throughout the day and will be selling a range of limited edition vinyls, released for Record Store Day.

In past years the store has hosted gigs by Maximo Park and The Futureheads for the event.

Owner and manager Marty Yule said: “It started as a way to encourage people to pop along to their local record shop, support it and buy something.

“It’s got a little out of hand now with some record companies releasing expensive LPs. But it’s always a fun day for us, you don’t have to buy something, just pop in and have a look, see what we’re all about.”