Birmingham’s oldest trading record shop The Diskery to host Record Store Day gig

The Diskery – one of Birmingham’s most established record shops will host a day of live music as Record Store Day 2013 hits the second city for the 6th year running!

On Saturday April 20, many of the UK’s independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music and culture in a unique way. This year, the Diskery, once called a ‘treasure chest of memorabilia,’ will be presenting a host of live acts throughout the day. Oxford-born folk singer James Blowers is set to headline the intimate event – setting the mood from 3pm with music from his acoustic debut EP, ‘Submarine’. Eager to perform, James says: “I’m really looking forward to playing at The Diskery on Record Store Day, it’s a great chance for unsigned artists (like myself) to get their music heard by people who really appreciate it.”

Something of a legend in Birmingham music circles, The Diskery is a store full of character that offers an experience that cannot be replicated on the high street. The selection of music is huge and varied, from Punk to Classical and all arranged according to genre and/or value. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Graham Jones, author of Last Shop Standing (Whatever Happened to Record Shops?) writes, “Record shops are an important part of our culture and are part of our community. It is vital that they survive as they offer us diversity, supporting both new music and local talent.”

James Blowers will perform on April 20 at The Diskery, 99 Bromsgrove St, B5 6QB, Birmingham. Stay tuned for more information.

Richard Franks

Founding editor of Counteract. Freelance travel and music journalist.