The event is moving from its original April 18 date to June 20 to avoid gathering large crowds.
In a statement to Consequence Of Sound, the organization says they’re changing the date in consideration of recommendations from health officials.
“At the risk of stating the obvious, no one knows what things will look like in any given place over the next five weeks, but it is imperative that hard decisions for that time period need to be made right now, using current facts. There is no perfect solution. There is no easy answer,” Record Store Day organizers say in a statement.
The statement continues, saying: “So, we’ve decided that, this year, our best possible move is to change the date of Record Store Day to Saturday, June 20th. We think that this takes into consideration the recommendations of the many doctors and scientists lending their expertise to help in the Coronavirus pandemic, as well as the many other individuals at the World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other agencies tasked with the difficult job of getting us through this crisis.”
Further, they say they’re working with all of their partners and stores to make the transition smooth for everyone.
“Record Store Day happens everywhere, every year, and we want to hold our party when everyone can gather around safely to celebrate life, art, music and the culture of the indie record store.”
RSD is worldwide and celebrates a record store’s place in their community. As good citizens of those communities we want everyone to be safe, healthy and feel comfortable coming to the party.
— Record Store Day (@recordstoreday) March 13, 2020
You can see a full list of RSD releases for 2020 here.
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