Music lovers turn out for Record Store Day

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SCORES of record lovers have descended on to a Southsea street to share in their passion on Record Store Day.

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

The shop opened its doors at 8am this morning and a steady stream of music fans have been snapping up the goods ahead of a street party taking place this afternoon.

Customer Sy Wheeler, 38, was at the front of the queue spent more than £150.

He bought White Stripes, Father John Misty, plus many more.

Shop owner Steve Castell said: ‘It’s been really good. I really admire those guys that queued all night.

‘It has really started well and there’s quite a lot of people who camped overnight, which is fantastic.

‘The records have been selling well, we brought in more than 1,500 extra different items for the day and they have been selling well but there’s still plenty left.’

A street party with eight bands providing live music will start at midday, and it will run until 8pm.

A market featuring an eclectic mix of independent traders is also being held all afternoon.

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

It is the third year that Pie and Vinyl has held a day to mark the occasion, since it opened in 2012.

A group of friends took their sleeping bags to Pie and Vinyl so they could be first in line when the shop opened this morning for Record Store Day.

Toby Jezard, 22, of Southsea, was with Sam Leadbeater, 24, Sy Wheeler, 39, and Mike Theobald, 25.

Toby, who was waiting to get his hands on David Bowie’s 1965! EP release, said: ‘There are quite a few records you can’t get any other time.

‘I really enjoy the atmosphere.

‘It’s the time of year where you get to talk to other people as geeky as I am about records.’

Sam and Sy were hoping to buy Get Behind Me Satan, by The White Stripes, and Mike was eager to snap up a compilation vinyl made up of artists from independent record labels.

The group made sure they had camping seats and stocked up on sandwiches and crisps.

They were also given free cups of tea from staff preparing the store ahead of today.

Tasha Solanki, cafe manager at Pie & Vinyl, said: ‘It’s brilliant and lovely to see them here.

‘It’s determination to the cause – it’s not that warm.’

Pie & Vinyl was set to pull together a full day of live music to help celebrate the event.

It was part of the Castle Road fete, which sees many of the street’s independent traders get into the party spirit.