Record Store Day a smash hit at independent St Albans shop

Customers queue outside Empire Records

Customers queue outside Empire Records - Credit: Archant

People were queuing outside a music shop from 1.30am on Saturday in anticipation of World Record Store Day (RSD).

More than 200 people made their way to Empire Records, a small music store in Heritage Close, St Albans, for the day, which celebrates independent record shops.

Queues wrapped around the courtyard outside the music store, with fans keen to get their hands on limited edition RSD releases.

Manager Dave Burgess was happy that so many showed their support.

He said: “It was a fantastic turnout. It’s a long night, but for the die hard fans it’s worth it to get these limited editions and exclusive releases.

“There’s a real sense of community among the amassed fans, with friends made and reconnected with.

“It’s a day designed to bring recognition to independent, bricks and mortar stores as these records aren’t available online.

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“It works in bringing old fans and new customers through our doors and it was great to see a lot of new faces along with my faithful regulars.”

This was the second of the events held at the store since it opened in 2013.

The staff celebrated an even higher footfall than last year.

Dave added: “I’m confident that Record Store Day 2016 will be even bigger and better!”