It's that time of year again – when vinyl enthusiasts, heavy metal t-shirt collectors, mods, rockers, indie kids, hip-hop crews, dance DJs, goths, punks and members of every other conceivable subcultural musical demographic raise their collective fists and shout to the skies: 'Hey, teacher, leave those small business owners alone!'
Yes, Record Store Day has cemented its place in the annual musical calendar as a day when discerning lovers of good music and rare B-side imports make their stand against 'the Man'. They do so in lots of inventive ways: by signing petitions, lobbying local councils, bombarding social networks and utilising other such methods of dissent.
But the most common way for people to mark Record Store Day, this year scheduled for Saturday, April 21, is with a good old shindig, featuring lots of live music, album-swapping and fizzy drinks to make the thought of yet another independent record store dying out within the next few weeks or months just slightly less soul destroying.
In Belfast, the Oh Yeah Music Centre, in association with DSNT, a multi-disciplinary creative company also based in Belfast, will be hosting a Record Store Day Solidarity Event, from 12pm until 8pm, giving 'music lovers the opportunity to connect with local retailers, labels and artists, rifle through records, and socialise over some free beer'. There will also be live music and DJ sets.
You can keep abreast of what's happening in your area by visiting the official UK Record Store Day website.
To mark the occasion, Culture Northern Ireland have raided the archive of Belfast film-maker and music obsessive Will McConnell's Bandwidth.com for two very special live performances from Dolbro Dan and And So I Watch You From Afar, both shot on location in a local independent record store. Enjoy!