Music fans get in the groove for Record Store Day

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SCORES of music lovers descended on to a Southsea street to share in their passion for vinyl on Record Store Day.

Keen customers queued from 4pm on Friday outside Pie & Vinyl, a record shop and cafe, in Castle Road, Southsea, waiting for the event to start.

Kassassin Street

Kassassin Street

The shop opened its doors at 8am on Saturday and a steady stream of music fans snapped up the goods, before a street party took place in the afternoon.

Customer Sy Wheeler, 38, was at the front of the queue and he spent more than £150. He bought music by White Stripes, Father John Misty, plus many more.

Shop owner Steve Courtnell said he was delighted to see so many people taking an interest in vinyl.

He said: ‘It’s been really good. I really admire the guys that queued all night.

‘It has started well and there were a lot of people who camped overnight, which was fantastic.’

A street party with eight bands played live music until 8pm.

A market featuring an eclectic mix of independent traders took over the street in the afternoon.

Hundreds of people soaked in the atmosphere and enjoyed the music, sun, food and drink during the day.

Dan Ryan, 30, from Southsea, was at the event with Jade Gaskell, 22, from Portsmouth.

They were promoting the upcoming Portsmouth Beer Festival as well as taking in the good atmosphere.

Dan, who works at Highbury College, said: ‘It’s great. It was really busy and lots of people came out to enjoy the sun.’

Ben Heath, 18, from Portchester, was also having a good time.

He said: ‘It was buzzing. I didn’t expect there to be so many people. Everyone seemed to be happy and enjoying themselves, plus the bands were good too.’

Record Store Day is an American concept which started in 2007 when stores across the country collaborated to celebrate vinyl.

It was the fourth event that Pie and Vinyl has held to mark the occasion since it opened on Record Store Day in 2012.