The annual Record Store Day celebration is coming up and several special edition Nordic records are set to be released!

If you happen to be in the Nordics, take some time to explore and discover the event at one of the local record stores!

Since the start in 2007, Record Store Day has grown into a global annual happening involving thousands of local independently owned record stores around the world, joining forces to celebrate record store culture. The event encourages people to take a trip downtown, visit their local record shop and indulge in their unique selection of vinyls, CDs and cassettes – and special limited edition releases that can only be found in stores participating in the event especially attract music fans far and wide.

It’s not only the atmosphere of the stores and the special releases that create an exciting buzz around the day. During the celebration, many artists take the opportunity to show their appreciation for their fans, followers and the recorded music format, taking time to meet and greet with people as well as play special intimate in-store shows at selected locations. The get-together makes Record Store Day more than just another sales promotion event – it creates a space for artists, fans and music lovers to intimately engage around the art of music.

At the Nordic Playlist, we’re obviously especially interested in how the Nordic artists and record stores have prepared for the day! There are lots of special releases coming out by Nordic artists in honour of the Record Store Day, and many record stores in the region have stored up in anticipation for the arrival of the music fans.

If you’re looking for a special memory from Record Store Day 2016, the Nordics have a lot to offer!

A Nordic Record Store Day for Vinyl Lovers

One of the biggest attractions during the Record Store Day is the huge amount of specially created and designed records being put out, in order for artists to give their fans that little extra. To celebrate the record store culture, they can only be bought on vinyl and on location in the participating independent stores.

This year, several Nordic artists take the opportunity to put out special releases. Norway’s legendary A-ha, who re-united last year for a two-year period, will put out Hits South America, a 12” EP with five unreleased songs from the live recording in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1991.

Denmark’s incredibly popular Mew, who also recently reunited a few years back, will release their classic debut album from 2001 And The Glass Handed Kites on vinyl for the first time ever. The LP, which will only be pressed in 2000 copies, will come with a special poster and a silver vinyl design. Mew also happen to be previous Nordic Playlist curators, and you can find their playlist here.

A relatively new Nordic act putting out music for Record Store Day 2016 is Lukas Graham from Denmark. ‘7 Years’, the hit that has propelled the band to the top of the charts during the past six months, will get a special vinyl edition, with a live version of the song on the B-side. The record is only available in 3000 copies.

Watch a live performance of Lukas Graham’s hit ‘7 Years’!

American-Icelander, John Grant, will release a reissue of his breakthrough album Queen of Denmark, which will appear in a limited edition of 1500 copies only. In addition to the 12 original songs, the album will also feature two bonus tracks, recorded and performed with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Celebrate The Record Store Day at Your Local Shop

Many of the local record stores in the Nordic countries will participate in the Record Store Day celebrations, offering up their share of the limited releases, providing a unique opportunity to get your paws on a special record by your favourite artist!

Participating shops in Oslo include Big Dipper, Shadowland and vinyl-only store The Garden. For a full list of participating stores in Norway, click here.

One of the best places to celebrate the Record Store Day 2016 in Stockholm would undoubtedly be in one of the branches of Bengans, probably Sweden’s most popular independent record store. If you visit the shop on Drottninggatan, make sure to catch Niki & the Dove, who will turn up for signings and a live set, probably revealing tracks from their new album. Full list of Swedish stores participating can be found here.

Tune in to a Nordic Playlist by Niki & the Dove right here!

If you’re spending the weekend in Iceland, the only true place to celebrate the Record Store Day is 12 Tónar, Reykjavik’s legendary local outlet for music treasures and recommended by KEXP’s Kevin Cole himself. Store and label in one package, 12 Tónar will offer the best record store experience on the island, and it’s a great way to honour the day!

Photo by Emmy Danielsson 

Finland hosts several record stores spread across the country that are participating in the celebrations. For residents of Helsinki, either of the two branches of Levykauppa Äx will serve the needs for black vinyl. The indie chain is reportedly gearing up for the event and encourages fans to show up early.

In Copenhagen, record lovers can get their fix at Sort Kaffe & Vinyl or Stereo Studio, which are stores in the city participating in Record Store Day 2016. For a full list of all the record shops in Denmark where you can get a Record Store Day special edition record, click right here.