Queuing from 4am is John’s Record Store Day madness

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THE first vinyl enthusiasts were lined up outside Vinyl Vaughan’s record shop at 4am on Saturday.

Hundreds of new and limited edition records were in the shop for Record Store Day.

By the time the shop opened, dozens of islanders were lined up on Fountain Street to get their hands on their dream record.

John Raworth was first in line at 4am, closely followed by Mick Harris.

‘It went quite quickly,’ they said about the wait.

‘Vaughan [Davies, owner of Vinyl Vaughan’s] came out with teas, coffees and bacon rolls which was really nice.’

Mr Raworth was looking for the picture disc of Madness, of which there are only 500 worldwide.

‘I’m really pleased I managed to get it, and I really think vinyl is back on trend again,’ he said.

Mr Harris was also pleased to have found the limited edition U2 Europa record.


‘I guess it’s the advantage of being keen,’ he said. ‘Vaughan knew it was what we were looking for so had them ready for us.’

The queue outside Vinyl Vaughan’s grew as music fans tried to get their hands on special Record Store Day vinyl. (24403188)

Record Store Day originated in America but has since spread world-wide and there are participating store on every continent, except Antarctica.

Record companies make things specifically for this day, many of which are limited edition such as acoustic versions, picture discs or coloured vinyl.


Since opening his dream shop three years ago, Mr Davies has enjoyed being a part of Record Store Day.

‘Some of the things we have in are really special, sometimes there are only 300 of them worldwide,’ he said.

‘Now HMV is gone this has become a real hub for people to explore music and listen, and people are particularly enjoying it today as the day is all about celebrating vinyl.’

Unfortunately one had not been so lucky.

Dennis Wilson was looking for a particular Bob Dylan record but could not find it.

‘It’s still an enjoyable morning and great fun to come, even if you don’t find what you’re looking for,’ he said.

‘Guernsey is very lucky to have a shop like this.’


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