Music fans urged to shop local
MUSIC lovers are to be encouraged to make purchases over the counter in their local record shop rather than by digital downloading.
Encompassing 15 record outlets around Ireland, Irish Record Store Day 2010 will attempt to offer a lifeline to independent record shops under threat from rising rents, falling sales -- and the internet.
Among those taking part is Dublin's Road Records, which faced closure this time a year ago due to financial pressures until 30 loyal customers banded together to save the shop.
Manager Dave Kennedy, who runs the store with his partner Julie Collins, said things hadn't got any easier. "Staying open is a constant battle, that's why Irish Record Store Day is such a good idea because it makes people aware that shops like us exist," said Mr Kennedy.
Irish Record Store Day 2010, will be marked by a large number of special vinyl releases, including Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' as recorded by American band The Flaming Lips, and dozens of other limited-edition vinyl and CD recordings.