Record Store Day 2018

The 2018 Diggin’ Melbourne Map is out now and ready to assist your Record Store Day adventures. If you haven’t already picked up a printed map or perused the online store guide and PDF Download you still have time. Our new map features 55 stores and a unique Melbourne Record Stores Bus Tour; the website includes more than 60 stores, all located within Greater Melbourne. New stores included in the new map are Lulu’s (Carlton), Vinyl Revival Brunswick, Ricks Records (Collingwood) and Happy Valley (Collingwood). The only store to close in the last 12 months is Son of Run (Belgrave). As usual our online guide features some extra stores. This year we have more Bonus Digs than ever – including Vinylrules Music (Mordialloc), De Bretts (Moonee Ponds), Mainly Jazz (St. Kilda), Music Jungle (Thornbury), Metal Mosh (Frankston) and Lost & Found Market (Brunswick).

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Many of our featured stores have big plans for Record Store Day. Depending on where you are located there are numerous ways to attack. If you’re in the city, Wax Museum, Off The Hip, Rocksteady, Basement Discs and Heartland all have performances, guests, RSD releases and more. A short tram ride to the North is Melbourne’s Record Store Day epicentre. Fitzroy, Collingwood, Abbotsford and Carlton will all be going off! There are multiple performances at Northside Records including The Bamboos, Record Store Day mayhem at The Searchers, performances and exclusives at Plug Seven, new vinyl galore at Happy Valley. Brunswick Street has Polyester, Dixon’s, Vinyl Revival and Poison City all only a few metres apart – and all doing something special for Record Store Day. Still in the same neighbourhood you can visit Strangleworlds and Oh! Jean, or head to Johnston Street for more high-density digging, including Skydiver, Ricks, Vinyl Space, Dutch Vinyl and Hub301. A little further North heading up Nicholson Street is another cluster of stores – Goldmine in Carlton, Lulu’s in Carlton, Goldmine’s second store in North Fitzroy – then across to High Street where you can visit Rathdowne Records, Records Etcetera, Thornbury Records, Multisonics, High on Vinyl and Music Jungle, all of who have and abundance of treats in store.  Still Northside – Record Paradise in Brunswick has their usual array of RSD performances and celebrations. Close by is Vinyl Revival, and heading further North is the legendary Round & Round Records and onwards to Round Again, Muscle Shoals and Hunter & Co.

If you’re Westside there will be things to do as well. White Rabbit in Kensington will be celebrating, Essendon Secondhand will be open and doing what they do best; across in Williamstown you can visit Lost Ark where there is always some fresh stock at this time of year. Southside? Of course, Greville Records will be hosting live performances and have loads of RSD releases. Across the street pop into Profile for your club and dance sounds, or head down to Bounce Audio for your electronica fix. Also in Prahran/Windsor Union Heights have a big day planned with DJs and live performances throughout the day. Licorice Pie is the next stop – and assured to have records worth stopping for! Also Southside you’ll find Vicious Sloth and Quality Records in Malvern, Eclectico and Readings in St. Kilda. Further South you can visit Vinyl Solution, Vinylrules and Metal Mosh. There are also celebrations in the South-East. If you’re in Hawthorn/Camberwell you should visit Alley Tunes or Readings where you’ll find special releases and like minded people!

No matter where you are there is a ‘INDEPENDENT’ record store close by. On International Record Store Day make sure you support your local independent record store and local artists & musicians. Visit the store guide for links to all the stores + addresses and trading hours. Happy Diggin’.

Diggin’ Melbourne 2018 – Launch Party

To celebrate the release of our ninth Diggin’ Melbourne Map we have an Official Launch Party on Thursday April 19, 2018. We’re taking over at Belleville for one night, and with the help of regular Thursday Crew at The Vinyl Frontier, Colette and GSM, we’re throwing a monster jam that includes DJs from many of Melbourne’s iconic record stores. Guests include Jimmy James, Johan, Ari Rose, Max Vegas, Pjenné, Fiasco Harasy, Emelyne and more. Check the poster for full details.

We’re also excited to have Audio-Technica onboard again this year as our Diggin’ Partner. They’ve been kind enough to donate a turntable that will be given away on the night, along with a swag of other prizes and giveaways. Our friends at Brewdog are also stepping up with fun giveaways and ice-cold refreshments. The needle drops at 6pm.

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Get the jump on Record Store Day crowds and download the new map now. It’s ready on the download page. New listings and a new Vinyl Lovers’ Bus Tour! Dig.

 

New Melbourne and Sydney Maps are on the way!

The new maps are almost compete and will hit the streets early next week – just in time for Record Store Day. Watch this space. There are a couple of new stores in Melbourne and you can find them online in our store guide. Complete web updates next week to coincide with Official Map Release. We’re also having a party to celebrate. Join us at Belleville on Thursday April 19 to get your map before Record Store Day.

 

 

Map made possible with the generous assistance of Audio-Technica

 

Diggin’ Melbourne 2018

Record Store Day is fast approaching. This year we’ll be celebrating on Saturday April 21, and as always there will be a new map in the week leading up to Record Store Day. If you own a record store and are not included on the current map please contact us to become involved. We are aware of several new stores in Melbourne and will endeavour to contact everyone in the new few days.

We are again pleased and thankful to have Audio Technica’s support for Diggin’ Melbourne and Diggin’ Sydney. More news about events, prizes, new maps and website updates coming soon.

Download the 2017 Map

DIGGIN-MELBOURNE-coverartThe 2017 edition of Diggin’ Melbourne is now available for download. Find it here. The new map again features 55 stores around the Melbourne metropolitan area and beyond, from Coburg to Frankston and Williamstown to Belgrave. We have a few new stores joining us this year – check Picture Search in Richmond, Son of Run in Belgrave, Profile Music in Prahran, Skydiver in Fitzroy and Oh! Jean in North Carlton. Profile has operated on Greville Street for a long time now and has been a bit of a DJ’s secret… shhh. Oh! Jean – formerly known as Vinyl is also not exactly new, but new to the guide and has a new name to boot. Son of Run is a little off the grid – but they reportedly have enough records up there to make it worth the trip. Music Jungle is also back in the map – and back with extended trading hours, and High on Vinyl also in Thornbury gets an official listing in the map, adding to the growing cluster of stores around Fitzroy North, Northcote, Thornbury and Preston.

Sadly, we’ve lost one (actually two) of the city’s great institutions. Missing Link / Collectors Corner has ceased trading after many years of operation in Melbourne. When we first created this map in 2009, Missing Link and Collectors Corner were two of the driving forces behind the indie, metal and electronic music scenes in Melbourne. These are the stores that never stopped selling vinyl. In recent years we saw both stores move premises, and eventually join forces under one roof. It’s sad to see them go. Next time you consider buying records from a non-independent or online record store, spare a thought for Missing Link and Collectors Corner. Support your local and independent record stores who support local and independent music. Dig.

We are currently in the process of updating the online store guide and should be complete in the next 24 hours. For the most up-to-date info check the PDF map, pick up a copy at your favourite record store today.

Don’t forget you can find out what’s happening in your ‘hood on Saturday April 22 right here: www.recordstoreday.com.au