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Dermot O'Leary hails Record Store Day UK as fans back vinyl


Dermot O'Leary hailed Record Store Day

Dermot O'Leary hailed Record Store Day

Dermot O'Leary hailed Record Store Day

Dermot O'Leary has hailed Saturday's Record Store Day UK as "a great celebration" as music fans turned out to support independent record shops.

BBC Music partnered with Record Store Day UK for its ninth annual celebration of both the vinyl format and the outlets where it is stocked.

Participating stores sold exclusive, limited-edition records especially for the annual event.

This year's selection included David Bowie's I Dig Everything: The Pye Singles 1966, Miles Davis's Ghetto Walkin' on 12" and Desmond Dekker's Rude Boy Ska LP, to name a few.

Special programming took place across the BBC's radio networks, and in particular on BBC Radio 6 Music.

BBC Radio 2's O'Leary was joined by London-based musical duo Public Service Broadcasting and Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit.

"To celebrate Record Store Day, we welcomed in Public Service Broadcasting for a Saturday Session," O'Leary said.

"They released a special 7" of The Other Side from their album Race For Space. In 11 years of doing this show on BBC Radio 2, it was the biggest audience response we have ever had."

He added: "The show was filled with record shops up and down the country getting in touch, telling us what they were up to, but mainly listeners lamenting the records that had already sold out.

"It was a great celebration of the music industry," the 42-year-old said.

BBC Radio 6 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs spoke with enthusiasm about the communal experience of record aficionados.

"Above all else, Record Store Day brings a real sense of communion, uniting a family of vinyl lovers across the world," she said.

"It's so exciting for us to share the experiences of the 6 Music listeners who've been camping out all night outside their favourite shops."

On social media, several artists from the world of music encouraged their followers to participate in Record Store Day.

Billy Bragg posted: "Happy Record Store Day everyone. Support your local record store! #RSD16."

Rock band The Zombies tweeted: "Happy Record Store Day UK!! @RSDUK our special vinyl is out now."

Pop star Lemar posted a photo of himself in London's Sister Ray Records. "Diggin' in the crates," his message read on Twitter.

The BBC said it expected more than 25,000 music fans for this year's event.

Record Store Day launched in the UK in 2008, a year after it premiered in the US.

Celebrated on the third Saturday in April, i t has in turn spearheaded the UK vinyl revival as sales topped 2.1m units in 2015.