First we had Record Store Day, now tape cassettes get their dues.


Record Store Day, as its name suggests, started off as a celebration of independent records stores – an endangered species more than ever in the year 2013. It’s turned into a phenomenon since its launch in 2008, fuelled by the pressings of limited 7-, 10- and 12-inch records, which has in turn kept the vinyl revival going.

Inspired by this, three London labels who’ve breathed new life in the cassette tape – Suplex Cassettes, SEXBEAT and Kissability – are launching the very first International Cassette Store Day on 7 September 2013.

Taking place in a bunch of indie stores that will be announced next week, Cassette Store Day will host a special event at Rough Trade East, in London’s Brick Lane, from 4pm until 8pm, featuring live bands and DJs TBC.

Other labels already getting involved by reissuing classic albums on tape include Transgressive (At The Drive-In, Pulled Apart By Horses), Bella Union (The Flaming Lips), Domino (The Pastels), 4AD(Deerhunter) and Wichita Recordings (Hard Skin).

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