Tim Burgess on Record Store Day 2016 #RSD16

Tim Burgess, of indie rock band The Charlatans, gave me his thoughts on the day, why he loves vinyl and the recent upsurge in record sales.

“There seems to be an excitement and it doesn’t look like slowing down. New record shops are opening and hopefully fewer will be closing down. The enthusiasm for vinyl is getting stronger than ever.”

The frontman, who’s track ‘Trouble Understanding’ has been remixed for an exclusive 12″ release, offered his support regarding the resurrection of vinyl and the spotlight RSD shines on the stores themselves, “They are a place to spend time – compared to clicking a mouse on an online site.”

He continued by saying that he prefers the vinyl experience, “there’s a ritual to taking a record from the box, then the sleeve – maybe reading the sleevenotes as you listen”.

“There’s nothing wrong with listening to an MP3 on the tube but vinyl is a bit less hectic. “

The Charlatans played a gig on the Isle of Man last night, where there are no shops that sell vinyl.

“I’m hoping Blossoms will bring a copy of their record store 7″ as they are supporting us. I’ll take a copy of the remix that Norman Cook (Fatboy Slim) has done of Trouble Understanding and we can maybe do a record store day swap.”

Tim’s Top Picks #RSD16:

Howard Marks reads Dylan Thomas 10″ – OGENESIS

“Sadly, Howard died a few days ago so that record has some real resonance.”

Mercury Rev/Lost Horizons – Life Inside A Paradox/Rainy Day Record 7″ – BELLA UNION

How is vinyl taking off?

(Data: Official Charts Company)

…And Here’s What Happened In Manchester

Thousands of vinyl lovers around the world celebrated Record Store Day 2016 by going down to their favourite independent record shop to get their hands on exclusive and limited edition releases.

In Manchester, Vinyl Exchange, Piccadilly Records, Eastern Bloc and Vinyl Revival joined the other 200 independent music retailers across the country to welcome fans of the music format.

The annual event, which is now in its ninth year, saw queues forming around the Northern Quarter hours before doors opened, with some dedicated and determined customers camping overnight to ensure they would get what they wanted.

I spoke to some of those waiting in line to find out what was on their list and why they love vinyl:


78% of responses agreed that independent record shops are still important.

(Data: Twitter Poll)

What did exclusive releases did you buy? Join in the conversation with #RSD16


Radio 1 Big Weekend Announcement

The station’s annual Big Weekend will be held at Powderham Castle in Exeter this May.

Nick Grimshaw announced a handful of acts who will be playing at the festival, which moves to a different location each year.

Coldplay, Bring Me The Horizon and Chase & Status were the first artists to be announced this morning.

Coldplay frontman Chris Martin told the BBC of his excitement to headline the festival in his hometown of Exeter.

“Guy, Will, Jonny and I are honoured to be on the bill and we’re looking forward to a very special show”

The breakfast show host and X Factor judge also confirmed that Ellie Goulding and Craig David will join the line up on 28 and 29 May.

The Big Weekend is Europe’s largest free festival and has previously been held in Derry, Maidstone, Bangor and Glasgow.

Last year, the station welcomed Taylor Swift, Foo Fighters and Muse to perform in Norwich.

As usual, the majority of tickets will be allocated to those in the local area.

Radio 1 and BBC Learning will again produce Radio 1’s Academy, which is intends to inspire young people to move forward in their careers.

Special events in April and May in the lead up to the festival will include: radio shows, gigs, masterclasses and Q & A sessions with industry professionals.

More artists are to be announced in the forthcoming weeks, with ticketing details being revealed on 21 March.




Foals, Disclosure and Two Door Cinema Club were just some of the acts to be added to the festivals’ line up.

Rock band Foals and the Disclosure brothers will joint headline Reading and Leeds Festivals, alongside the previously announced Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

The highly anticipated announcement was made on Radio 1 earlier this morning.

This morning’s additions join acts including The 1975, RatBoy and Slaves, who have all been on tour in the past year.

There was some speculation as to whether recent comebacks from the The Strokes and The Last Shadow Puppets would cement them a place on the yellow poster, where there remains spaces to fill.

Past headliners of the world famous festival include: Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, The Libertines, Foo Fighters and Kasabian.

CLICK HERE for the full line up




Manchester’s New Order will play a one off show at Castlefield Bowl this Summer.

The band will take to the stage on Saturday, 9 July.

They will join Guy Garvey, Stereophonics, Hacienda Classical and Catfish and the Bottlemen over a weekend of live music at the infamous Manchester venue.

The announcement comes after the band played two sold-out shows at The Warehouse Project last year.

The news follows the release of their tenth studio album, ‘Music Complete’, which was released last September and features guest appearances from Iggy Pop and Brandon Flowers.

Fans of New Order (Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert, Stephen Morris, Tom Chapman and Phil Cunningham) are sure to hear favourites from classic records worked around new material.




Photo: NME

The Last Shadow Puppets have announced a UK tour.

The band, who’s second album ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ is due to be released in April, will play London, Sheffield and Liverpool dates in the UK.

Earlier this month, they released the single ‘Bad Habits‘, their first since 2008.

The band is made up of Arctic Monkeys’ front man Alex Turner, Miles Kane, James Ford and Zach Dawes.

Tickets will go on sale at 9am on Friday, 29 January.