Vinyl count­down as town joins Record Store Day

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BIK­ERS paid an emo­tional trib­ute to a dad-of-three who lost his life in a mo­tor­way tragedy on the M62 near Hud­der­s­field.

Karl Ch­ester, 36, died fol­low­ing a col­li­sion with a blue Nis­san Qashqai near junc­tion 22 at Rish­worth Moor late on Good Fri­day morn­ing. Sadly he was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Karl’s wife Karen, land­lady of a pop­u­lar piano bar in Pre­ston, said: “He was ab­so­lutely loved by many. He has only left our sight, he will al­ways ride strong in our hearts.”

His fu­neral was held at Pre­ston Cre­ma­to­rium on Fri­day.

Friends, fam­ily and those in the bik­ing com­mu­nity joined to­gether to say their farewells.

He was taken from Pre­ston Docks to the cre­ma­to­rium in a mo­tor­bike­drawn hearse with the words ‘son’ and ‘brother’ in flow­ers.

Bik­ers lined the route into the Lon­gridge Road cre­ma­to­rium and ap­plauded Karl and his fam­ily’s

Events will be tak­ing place across the town cen­tre on Satur­day, April 21, with The Parish tak­ing over the stage at Vinyl Tap with bands play­ing live through­out the af­ter­noon, as well as sup­ply­ing a bar and food with both veg­e­tar­ian and ve­gan op­tions.

The line up so far in­cludes Sham­bolic, 1919, Savvy Sav, Bad Knaves, Birds and Beasts and Robert Sharp.

Later in the day from 3pm un­til late, Magic Rock Tap will host DJ sets, in­clud­ing a set from Hook­worms.

The main event of the day is the re­lease of ex­clu­sive lim­ited edi­tions only avail­able at in­de­pen­dent record shops across the coun­try.

Vinyl Tap will be open­ing its doors at 8am with many cus­tomers ex­pected to queue from the early hours to try to get hold of the ex­clu­sive items that are avail­able on a first-come­first-served ba­sis.

Record Store Day came about in Amer­ica in 2007 fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween some record shop own­ers in Bal­ti­more. The idea was to get par­tic­i­pat­ing shops to throw a party to cel­e­brate the in­di­vid­u­al­ity of in­de­pen­dent mu­sic re­tail­ers.

Due to its suc­cess, record la­bels joined the party and be­gan to re­lease spe­cial lim­ited edi­tions to be sold ex­clu­sively in par­tic­i­pat­ing stores, start­ing with 10 spe­cial re­leases in 2008 to over 400 ex­clu­sive re­leases in 2017. It was brought to the UK in 2008 with the in­volve­ment of record shops such as Rough Trade East in Lon­don, who held a live mu­sic event with acts in­clud­ing Billy Bragg, a big sup­porter of in­de­pen­dent stores, per­form­ing in their shop. To­day the UK sees around 200 shops take part, run by the ERA (En­ter­tain­ment Re­tail­ers As­so­ci­a­tion). It is the big­gest day on the cal­en­dar for record shops and a lot of work goes in to it be­hind the scenes. It has had a big im­pact on record sales, help­ing to drive the so called ‘vinyl re­vival.’

Adam Stroyan from Vinyl Tap said: “It’s fan­tas­tic to see the shop full and buzzing from the start of the day to the fin­ish and, of course, it is a fan­tas­tic pro­file op­por­tu­nity for us too.

“Last year we had Lau­ren Lav­erne host her BBC 6 Mu­sic ra­dio show live from the shop which was a bril­liant ex­pe­ri­ence for us and great for the town and every­one En­joy a guided tour of HRH The Prince of Wales’ cher­ished gar­dens at his coun­try es­tate in the heart of Glouces­ter­shire to­gether with a visit to the beau­ti­ful river­side city of Worces­ter. A ‘must see’ for gar­den lovers and a rare hor­ti­cul­tural treat! En­trance to High­grove Gar­dens A two-hour walk­ing tour with one of HRH The Prince of Wales’ ex­pert gar­den guides A visit to Worces­ter A scenic drive through the Cotswolds One night’s din­ner, bed and English break­fast ac­com­mo­da­tion at a three-star stan­dard ho­tel in the West Mid­lands/Broms­grove area Coach travel from the lo­cal area Es­corted by a friendly tour man­ager These hol­i­days are or­gan­ised & op­er­ated by New­mar­ket Hol­i­days Ltd. ABTA V7812. Sub­ject to avail­abil­ity. Sin­gle sup­ple­ments ap­ply. Stan­dard phone charges. who came down to watch.

“For this one day of the year we try and make our­selves the hub of Hud­der­s­field’s mu­sic scene to bring us all to­gether. We have plans this year to pro­duce a free promo CD com­pi­la­tion of bands who have played in our shop as a gift to our cus­tomers and to help get the mu­sic of the fan­tas­tic bands who have played in the shop out there for peo­ple to hear. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case the town, not just the shop.”

Adam added: “In the mod­ern re­tail world it is so im­por­tant to di­ver­sify and of­fer some­thing else which is why we are al­ways open to new ideas and utilise the space we have in the shop to host var­i­ous types of events from ukulele fes­ti­vals and poetry read­ings to film show­ings, as well as the reg­u­lar live mu­sic events we host, usu­ally on Satur­day af­ter­noons.

“You only need to see some of the big high street giants that are strug­gling to show that be­ing a shop is not enough, you need more strings to your bow if you are go­ing to lure peo­ple away from on­line shop­ping and back out on to the high street.”

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