Portsmouth Celebrates Its Fourth Annual Record Store Day Event

Our annual celebration of all things indie returned this weekend with national Record Store Day (RSD). Beginning in 2007, one Saturday in April always plays host to the nationwide event that celebrates the culture of the UK’s many great independent record stores and the British music industry as a whole. The day gets people queuing at record stores up and down the land from the early hours to get their hands on special, limited releases from certain artists created specifically for the event.

Portsmouth has its very own celebration of nation Record Store Day created by The Village Popup and Southsea’s record store Pie & Vinyl. The historic Castle Road becomes a hotbed of activity; a fusion of fantastic independent traders market, street food, drinks and tip top live music for everyone and anyone to enjoy. The quaint street event has previously had some amazing up and coming artists play RSD as well as some Portsmouth’s best bands including Bournemouth indie pop group The Magic Gang, Band of Skulls, Blaenavon, and Bristol punk rockers IDLES.


This weekend saw Castle Road celebrate its fourth anniversary of their Record Store Day event. This year it was the turn of Manchester indie rock band Cabbage to headline the street party. The group, alongside other artists, held an enthused crowd throughout the day, even through the couple of downpours. The musical programme consisted of seven artists; a few up and coming talents from around the UK and a few of Portsmouth’s finest. Standing out from the crowd was Pie & Vinyl Records’ latest signing, local psychedelic trio Barbudo who have made a name for themselves within the city with their unique blend of funk, soul and psychedelia. 


Plans are already underway for Portsmouth’s Record Store Day in 2019. The next RSD will be held on Saturday April 20th so save the date! Castle Road will be celebrating five years of Record Store Day so be prepared for an even bigger and better event.

Tobi Stidolph

Press Manager & inSYNC Writer


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