Glasgow’s Rubadub rejects Record Store Day “havoc”, announces rival event

Glasgow’s Rubadub has opted out of this weekend’s Record Store Day festivities, saying the event has “turned into the worst elements of collecting”.

The owners of the independent music shop say the annual bonanza is putting pressure on small labels and interferes with production schedules.

“Record Store Day causes havoc for the pressing plants and distributors,” co-owner Jason Brunton told STV. “In the last three years in particular, Record Store Day has turned into the worst elements of collecting. Last year we had over 200 hundred people phone the shop, wanting 7″ Kate Bush picture discs.”

The scale of the event has caused major disruption in the industry, he added. “Within the EU there are two or three pressing plants that are booked three months in advance around Record Store Day, we’re feeling the effects of that in particular. You can’t get anything done. If you want something printed in March, April or May you’re gubbed, and that can ruin a small label if you’ve booked publicity or promos and your record isn’t out.

“I see it as major labels taking tracks that already available and making collector’s items out of them – and Record Store Day isn’t about that.”

This year Rubadub has decided to host its own Rubadub Shop Day instead, with performances from Clouds and Unspecified Enemies plus guest DJs playing from 10am until 7pm on Saturday, April 18.

“We want to refocus on what the day is all about. On the day there will be good records from all year round and some well selected Rubadub Shop Day titles,” said Brunton. “We will also be having a deep dig in our warehouse archive to unearth some older gems relevant to the aesthetic. And there might even be some free beer.”

Check out Rubadub’s Facebook event for more details and read Josh Hall’s investigation into the state of Record Store Day.