Saturday 13 April is Record Store Day, a day when independent record stores across the world celebrate their culture with live in-store performances and special vinyl releases. 

We've rounded up where you can enjoy this retro revival in the city. 

Idle Hands Bristol
Source: Idle Hands

Idle Hands

Idle Hands started out as a house & dubstep record label and opened its own record store in Stokes Croft back in 2011. Head to Idle Hands on Record Store Day for a big collection of local and international house, techno, dubstep and reggae records. The store will be open from 10.30am to 6.30pm and they will have several DJ’s playing in-store from early afternoon, including Sunun, Om Unit, Medis, Jabu and Burke.

Rough Trade

World famous record store Rough Trade has a few special events planned for Record Store Day in Bristol. The shop in the city centre close to Broadmead will be open from 8am until midnight, which gives you plenty of time to browse their big record collection. Besides the many special releases, Rough Trade will be hosting a number of live performances from 12pm until 11.30pm including Rozi Plain, Band of Skulls, Leisure Society, Yard Arms, Slagheap, Steve Lamacq, Straight Arrows, Creatures and Crows.

Rough Trade Bristol
Source: Rough Trade

Longwell Records

Over in Keynsham, Longwell Records are open 8am to 6pm to celebrate Record Store Day. Ethan Johns will be playing an in-store performance in the morning and Rosina Keri will be there to play an acoustic set in the afternoon. The store will have many special releases available and they are offering a 10% discount on the rest of their stock.

Special Subject Records

Located inside music venue The Exchange on Old Market, Special Subject Records is a record store that specializes in punk, indie, hardcore and emo music. The store will be opening their doors at 10am for you to shop their selection of special Record Store Day editions. For everyone that’s planning on showing up early, the Exchange Café will be open from 9am serving breakfast, cakes and coffee.

Friendly Records

Bedminster record store Friendly Records will have their special editions available from 8am this Record Store Day. They also have a line-up of live music and DJs planned, including Ethan Johns, Boy Azooga, Sam Brookes, Toby Hay and David Ian Roberts. There will be a bar and plenty of beer for you to enjoy during the live performances.

Friendly Records Bristol
Source: Friendly Records


Radio/On specialises in DIY artists and labels, especially those coming from queer and feminist places. Alongside plenty of special edition records, the shop has a few performances planned to celebrate Record Store Day at their shop on Park St. Head to Radio/On to see Slagheap, Bucky and Porridge Radio play a special in-store gig. The store will be open from 9am until 6pm.

Plastic Wax Records

Record Store Day wouldn’t be complete without paying a visit to Bristol’s biggest record dealer. Located just by The Arches on Cheltenham Road, Plastic Wax Records has been around since 1978 and has the biggest collection of records in the South West, offering many types of genres. They are also the leading stockist for Bristol Archive Records, showcasing many records from Bristol’s diverse local music scene. Although the store isn’t taking part in Record Store Day, they are offering a 20% discount for card holders this Saturday only.

Plastic Wax Bristol
Source: Plastic Wax Records

Wanted Records

Another store not to miss on Record Store Day is Wanted Records, a small shop located inside St Nicholas Market. They are one of Bristol’s newest collectors’ and second-hand record shop, stocking many types of records from jazz and folk to hip hop, reggae and rock. Take a break from record shopping while you’re there and explore the rest of the market or have a bite to eat at one of the street food outlets.

We want to see where you spend Record Store Day in Bristol, use the hashtag #RSD19 to share the fun.  

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Record Store Day at Friendly Records
Free Event
Record Store Day at Friendly Records

Join Friendly Records on Record Store Day as they open their doors at 8am for some special edition releases, live performances, DJ's and a bar with plenty of beer.

Record Store Day at Rough Trade
Record Store Day at Rough Trade

Rough Trade Bristol are proud to welcome a selection of their favourite bands and DJ's live in-store, for the biggest day of the year.

Record Store Day at Idle Hands
Free Event
Idle Hands RSD

Celebrate Record Store Day with Idle Hands. They will have loads of special edition records in and have some DJs playing from early afternoon, including Sunun, Om Unit, Medis, Jabu and Burke.

Record Store Day at Longwell Records
Free Event
Record Store Day at Longwell Records

Join Longwell Records to celebrate UK Record Store Day 2019 in the second best small independent record shop in UK!

Record Store Day at radio/ON
Free Event
Record Store Day at radio/ON

Radio/On will be stocking the best of this year's exclusive RSD releases as well as hosting a few special live performances by Slagheap, Bucky and Porridge Radio.

Record Store Day at Specialist Subject Records
Free Event
Record Store Day at Specialist Subject Records

Celebrate Record Store Day with Specialist Subject Records. This year they will be stocking even more of the brilliant punk, indie, hardcore and emo releases available, and the shop will be opening especially early.