Usually at seven in the morning people are asleep or waking
up to their morning coffee, but to the two hundred dedicated vinyl fanatics that
were waiting outside Vinilo Record Store that was not the case.
A queue that spanned across two different roads meant that
it was a successful morning for Vinilo with records selling out quicker than
ever before, coffee and beer for free, as well as music in the background that confused
people to what genre of music Vinilo liked.
From Billie Eilish to Easy Life to Eric Clapton, but then again how can
we complain at that?
Southampton was already busy with numerous things happening
in the city, but to see its local music scene come together was something
exciting to see. From buskers continuing
their usual thing of singer-songwriter music to Oxfam combining two things that
everyone loves – chocolate cake and local bands/musicians playing at different
parts of the day.
Notably, Djuno, a mixture of Solent graduates and current
students played at Oxfam by completing an acoustic set, which attracted a small
crowd and more people to look at some of the music they had on sale.
One thing that was noticeable was that people were buying a
mixture of old and new music and this was interesting for many reasons, but one
was even at Vinilo, where the prices were the same as they always are, people
were buying a collection of old and new together, which was intriguing as the
main audience throughout the day were people in their twenties. Whether it’s a case of older music bleeding
into the younger audiences or if it’s just a case people appreciate all kinds
of music – either way it was amazing to see.
Vinilo has a pre-order section on their website, where
people mostly wanted new music or albums that had now been re-stocked in the
store. Many people came into the store
in the afternoon and were being the told the album they wanted sold out earlier
that morning, even the albums that had been re-stocked. It was fascinating to watch and be a part of
I had one question though, why were people buying what they
were buying? The purchasing of vinyl has skyrocketed over the years and it’s
always curious to see if people are buying vinyl because their mates are or
because they genuinely like the idea of buying records and buying them.
After bouncing back and forth between Oxfam and Vinilo and
asking random people this question, there was a clear answer. It was their love of music that got them
wanting to buy as much vinyl as they could carry. After speaking to a group of people who only
wanted one album each, they explained that some albums sound better on a record
player and it’s a great way to relax when your mental health is at it’s
worst. They did admit that they were
influenced by each other buying vinyl but followed that up with the idea that
putting your favourite album on, drinking a cup of tea and laid in bed was the
best way for them to forget the world and it’s problems.
This is the beautiful thing about Record Store Day, it
brings people together, brings together the local music scene and more
importantly shows how important music can be for different types of
people. Now, to finish this off there’s
no better way than to listen to the vinyl that was bought, drink some coffee
and be happy at the fact that it’s not just us music geeks who love music, it’s