Record Store Day Sets 2021 RSD Drop Dates
This year's exclusives arrive over two days in June and July
Published Mar 04, 2021Last year, coronavirus forced Record Store Day organizers to postpone their annual event, leading them to dole out exclusives over three standalone "RSD Drops." Ahead of their 2021 edition, it appears the event will be held in similar fashion this year.
Today, organizers revealed that RSD Drop events in Canada, the United States and the UK would take place June 12 and July 17 at participating stores worldwide. The news follows the late-December ask to "save the date" for June's Drop date.
Organizers add that the all-important list of exclusive RSD titles will soon arrive. Last year's RSD Drop dates were followed up by RSD's annual Black Friday event.
You can read the full announcement from Record Store Day below:
We've spent the last few months watching the news, listening to health officials, talking with record stores, labels, and RSD organizers the world over, and because we still don't have a magic 8-ball to tell us what things are going to look like in a few months, we've decided the smartest thing to do is bring back the concept of RSD Drops for 2021.
The RSD Drops will take place on June 12 and July 17 at participating stores worldwide.
These are street dates for special titles coming to participating indie record stores. As with the successful RSD Drops dates in 2020, the focus this year is on supporting indie record stores with sales, and saving the big parties, shows, in-stores, crowds and celebrations for (fingers crossed) Record Store Day 2022.
As they did last year for the three RSD Drops, stores will be handling sales and store procedures in the way they determine to be right for themselves and their community and that may mean something different than you're used to. We recommend you check in with your local record stores --join their email lists, follow them on social media — so you're as in the loop as possible.
We'll be launching the List of titles for both RSD Drops dates soon.