Record Store Day Moved to June Due to Coronavirus

2020-03-16

Story and photo by Anne Erickson

Record Store Day 2020 was originally scheduled for April 18, but the annual event has been moved to June 20 because of coronavirus (COVID-19)

While many March events and concerts have been canceled or postponed due to concerns over coronavirus (COVID-19), the folks behind Record Store Day are taking no chances in April. The annual event, which celebrates locally-owned record shops, has changed its initial April 18 date to June 20.

“At the risk of stating the obvious, no one knows what things will look like in any given place over the next five weeks, but it is imperative that hard decisions for that time period need to be made right now, using current facts. There is no perfect solution. There is no easy answer,” Record Store Day officials said in a statement.

“So, we’ve decided that, this year, our best possible move is to change the date of Record Store Day to Saturday, June 20th,” they added. “We think that this takes into consideration the recommendations of the many doctors and scientists lending their expertise to help in the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as the many other individuals at the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other agencies tasked with the difficult job of getting us through this crisis.”

Record Store Day’s list of exclusive releases, which are available only at local record shops around the world, is expected to stay the same. Read the full list and find a participating shop in your area here.

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