Record Store Day Australia is tomorrow so to support some of our favourite independent record stores, we’ve taken a look at who’s doing what and made some, frankly tough, decisions about which stores you should be visiting.

Eureka Rebellion Trading

Because they’re more than just a record store, the guys over at Eureka Rebellion Trading have lined up some pretty fantastic activities including a heavy metal cupcake bake sale, music trivia for prizes and special flash tattoos starting at $50 with a portion of proceeds being donated to the Australian Children’s Music Foundation. They also have a good selection of 2014 Record Store Day releases available so check them out.


The team at Gutterhype in Brunswick are teaming up with Section-8 and bringing a pop-up store to the CBD for Record Store Day. They’ll be selling some super rare vinyl until 5PM but then continuing the party with DJs until 1AM. With free entry and $3 hot dogs, why would you want to be anywhere else.

Obese Records

Hip-hop fans rejoice! The crew at Obese Records in Prahan will be bringing a selection of local DJs and producers along to spin some records all day. Plus they’ll have some limited edition RSD releases from local labels Crate Cartel, Pang Productions and Elefant Traks and some exclusive limited edition Record Store Day T-shirts from Burn Crew. 


Aside from having one of the better selections of Record Store Day releases available locally, the team at Polyester have invited some great local acts including Harmony, The Stevens and NUN to spin some tunes in store. If that isn’t enough for you, they’re also putting on an official Record Store Day show with Bedroom Suck Records on the Evelyn Rooftop, kicking off at 2PM.

Rathdowne Records

Rathdowne Records have timed the opening of their new store in Northcote to coincide with Record Store Day. To celebrate both momentous occasions, get along to their new premises at 230 High St for a day of free live music including performances from Adam Rudegair, Jennifer Kingwell, Chelsea Wilson and more. There will also be a handful of DJ sets and, most importantly, the opportunity to buy some shiny new records.

Thornbury Records

With a great selection of titles on offer but not necessarily a lot of copies, Thornbury Records are encouraging people to line up early because they WILL sell out of the Record Store Day editions. They’re also offering a great incentive, $50 vouchers will be given away to 5 lucky people who queue up before store opens. They don’t seem to have any performances lined up, but looking at what they’ve ordered (seriously, their Instagram account right now is basically porn for vinyl lovers) they don’t need to.

These are our picks for Record Store Day in Melbourne but this barely scrapes the surface of what’s going on. Check out Record Store Day Australia’s official website for more info one what’s on at your local store, and even if they aren’t doing anything you should still go down and spend some hard earned money to keep them alive. Because where would we be without them.

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