record store day

Vinyl Frontier in Eastbourne is celebrating Record Store Day with live music from artists including Rhoda Dakar of the Specials SUS-161204-103522001
Vinyl Frontier in Eastbourne is celebrating Record Store Day with live music from artists including Rhoda Dakar of the Specials SUS-161204-103522001

Ska legend Rhoda Dakar and High Llamas singer Sean O’Hagan join a stellar line-up of live music during Record Store Day celebrations at Eastbourne record shop The Vinyl Frontier tomorrow.

Rhoda, singer with The Bodysnatchers, was a major part of the 70s ska revival scene and also a member of Jerry Dammers’ band The Specials which had worldwide hit Free Nelson Mandela. Rhoda will perform a DJ set of classic ska tunes as well as signing her new LP around midday. Meanwhile, High Llamas singer Sean O’Hagan, who performed with Microdisney and Stereolab, will play a live set during the afternoon.

Other acts include singer Hannah Peel who has a limited edition vinyl single released on Record Store Day, singer/songwriter Emily Capell, all-girl outfit The Tuts, plus local guitarist Stephen James Hockridge who has just released his first single. To finish off, Rolo McGinty of 80s Indie band The Woodentops, will be spinning records on the decks.

The live performances form part of day-long RSD celebrations which will see more than 500 rare limited-edition vinyl pressings only available in-store from independent record shops. This year’s list includes two by the late David Bowie.

“We’ve ordered our largest ever quantity of RSD releases this year to cater for the ever growing demand,” said Chris King, former NME journalist and co-proprietor at The Vinyl Frontier. “And with such a broad range of artists this year, including gems from Nirvana, or the likes of the Star Wars and Doctor Who picture discs, we’re bound to have something for everyone,” added Rhydd Pugh, the shop’s co-owner.

Last year saw music fans queueing outside The Vinyl Frontier from 4.30am in the morning. Doors open at 8am and live performances will begin with Hannah Peel around 9.30am. As always, The Vinyl Frontier will continue celebrations into the evening at Printers Playhouse on Station Road. Entry is free to all and visiting DJs this year include David Gedge, and Andy Lewis who plays bass guitar in Paul Weller’s backing band. Also appearing is Wendy May who ran Locomotion - a club night at London’s Town & Country Club which is featured in the Nick Hornby novels 31 Songs and High Fidelity.