Empire Records to celebrate first Record Store Day

Derek Watson by a selection of vinyl records

Derek Watson by a selection of vinyl records - Credit: Archant

This Saturday will see St Albans’ only record store celebrate its first Record Store Day (RSD).

Empire Records was founded in St Albans last year and will be taking part in RSD, which celebrates independent record stores.

The shop will be selling special editions of certain records, which makes the records highly collectable. Owner of the shop Derek Watson said:

“Because many RSD items become instant collectables overnight we’re going to restrict items to one of each per customer.”

The items range from coloured vinyl and Mexican wrestling masks, to new albums released on the day. Derek said: “It’s important in any record shop to encourage new customers but also reward existing customers. It creates a massive buzz.”


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The shop will also be running a competition for ‘5 Seconds of Summer’ fans, who have the chance to win a special cassette if the come in and whisper ‘the secret password’.

Empire Records will be joining more that 200 UK record stores who will come together to celebrate music, with special releases and some stores organising performances.

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Doors open at 9am on April 19 at Empire Records in Heritage Close, and all special edition items are first come first serve.

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