Participating stores may not open prior to 8am on the day of Record Store Day and may not take pre-orders or reservations for customers not able to come into the shop to make their purchase. No store may hold back product to sell at a later date, either in shop or online. For clarification a shop may not reserve any product on Record Store Day i.e. stores should not hold back product for anyone even if they attend the store later in the day. All RSD product has to be sold on a first come first served basis.
For the last five years the queue has started at Midnight (yes midnight!) Although last year was a new record at 10.45pm on Friday evening!! We welcome people to queue in an orderly fashion from whenever you like, but bear in mind last years queue time.
The first customers on the big day have deservedly earned the right to buy whatever they want by queueing through the night. If there is something you really, really, really want, plan to get here really, really, really early!
First come, first served. We really mean it!
You can buy as many different records as you wish but please don’t try to purchase two or more of the same thing, we just won’t sell them to you. One copy of each official RSD release per customer. This means everyone has a fair chance to get what they want. We adhere to RSD and ERAs Code Of Conduct, which states we can not reserve anything for anyone. What kind of event would Record Store Day be if people could reserve records? This isn’t downloading, and nothing beats the feeling of having that limited must-have record that almost no one else has.
Don’t be put off if you don’t fancy standing in a queue. This is why we employ the rules above, so that everyone gets a fair crack of the whip. Many people were still finding releases they wanted well into the afternoon last year. We want to make this as fair as possible, and look after our regular customers as well as welcoming new ones.
How does the day work?
We will arrive between 6.30am and 7am and we will make coffee for the queue. We hand out our little quiz sheet for you (just a bit of fun to pass the time!)
Greggs next door opens at 7am and they will be making sure they have extra bacon and sausages for their breakfast coffee/roll meal deal that they offer.
We open the doors sharp at 8.30am and we initially let in 2 customers then we adhere to a ‘one in, one out’ policy operation. Although you may have to wait a little bit longer, this is the fairest option and everyone seems happy with the system. It saves a rugby scrum at the counter and makes it a fair process to those who have been queueing all night. We do not close until 5pm. We will also be open on Sunday 22nd from 11am - 2pm.
First come, first served. We really mean it!
All stock will be at the counter – head straight down and we will be there happy to assist. You may peruse at your leisure or you can ask for what you wish.
Check back here and follow the link for the PDF list of which titles we will be stocking - this will be published on Thursday 19th / Friday 20th April of the actual titles we have in store, you can then adjust your queueing strategy accordingly.
If you want to make an alphabetical list of the titles you want from our list we will be more than happy to help you find them.
We are confident that we will receive large amounts of stock, however please remember that some of the RSD titles are super-limited (in some cases, only 150 for the whole country) so, depending on the total quantity available for the UK, we may not receive as many as we order.
Obviously this list will alter over the course of the day as we sell out of titles, and will not be updated until Saturday evening. Please do not phone us during the day for stock queries/updates as we will be extremely busy and may not even get to answer the phone.
Cash or card payments are accepted including American Express cards.
Our regular vinyl for sale is on the left of the shop as you walk in towards the counter - should you wish to check out our non-RSD titles.
Once a customer has made their RSD purchases we then let in the next customer.
There are numerous car parks around Downham Market, the majority are free, but not all – if you are unfamiliar with Downham Market – the car parks are detailed below:
X – this is where we are in the main precinct opposite Boots The Chemist, next door to Greggs (our postcode is PE38 9JZ)
Car Park 1. This is the car park next door to us and the Town Hall – this car park is unavailable to use as it is Market Day. Please do not park here overnight – the market will build their stalls up around you, and you wont be able to get your car!
Car Park 2. Is the car park next to Downham Heritage Centre (on the site of the old fire station) This is a FREE car park and is Long Term – it's only a 2 minute walk up to us.
Car Park 3. Is the Hollies car park – again this is a FREE car park but is limited to 3 hours.
Car Park 4. Is the Morrisons car park, again this is a FREE car park but is limited to 3 hours also.
Car Park 5. This is the car park next to the Town Council Offices / Paradise Garage. This is a free Long Term car park.
Car Park 6. Is the car park behind our shop (known as the Iceland Car Park) This is a 24/7 paid for car park – however charges are minimal – 80p for 1 hour. £1.30 for 2 hours. £1.80 for 3 hours and £3.50 for 24 hours. This is a highly monitored car park so please don't take a chance by not purchasing a parking ticket here. The fine if you don't is £60 plus unpaid parking.Back To Top