It’s now been confirmed that Record Store Day is going to look a lot different this year.
The June 20, 2020 date – itself a replacement for the original April 18 event – has been cancelled due to the ongoing store closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the titles originally slated for Record Store Day will be divided up for three “Record Store Day Drops” currently planned to take place one Saturday per month in August, September, and October. These “properly distanced” release dates are August 29, September 26, and October 24. An updated version of the release list with drop dates assigned to each title will be unveiled on June 1.
In a statement, the folks behind RSD concede, “Record Store Day will look very different this year, but supporting indie record stores may be more important than ever. We don’t know what sort of rules will be in place, or what sort of gatherings people will be in the mood for this year, so we’re focusing on the music and getting the really great titles on the RSD Official List this year into the stores and into your hands, in the most financially and socially responsible way.”
Watch this space for any further updates, but more importantly, please stay safe and healthy during this difficult time.