Record Store Day - Berwick Street, London
Situated in the heart of Soho, London's Berwick Street is a popular Record Store Day destination for vinyl junkies eager to snap up collectable 7" and LPs, with the Sister Ray store especially pulling in the crowds. The event sees collectors queuing round the block but there's plenty to keep the afternoon shoppers occupied as they wait, with the street playing host to a mini music festival.
2014's event was hosted by comedian and presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli, with a great selection of acts on the bill. US indie rockers Augustines delivered an extremely energetic performance but it was the "oldies" in attendance that really made the day.
Ex-Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins was the first real treat, especially as his performance included OJ classic 'Falling And Laughing' and top five smash 'A Girl Like You'. Pop legend Adam Ant drew the biggest crowd, with a set mostly pulled from post-punk debut Dirk Wears White Sox, an album that had been released again on vinyl for RSD, complete with lots of collectable inserts inside. The set was a bit of a warm up for the singer as he was due to play Dirk ... in full later that evening at a sold out show at the Hammersmith Apollo.
The last act of the day produced the most memorable set. I'd half expected Ruts DC's onstage stint to be fairly reggae tinged for some reason but they ended up playing a full on Ruts 'greatest hits set, with tracks like 'Staring At the Rude Boys', 'Babylon's Burning' and 'In A Rut' all sounding sensational, creating a mini moshpit in part of Berwick Steet!
Hardeep Singh Kohli