Last weekend, music lovers from around the UK took to the streets for the highly anticipated celebration of Record Store Day 2019. Over 200 independent record shops assembled to rejoice and honour music culture with exclusive vinyl releases, artist performances and phenomenal events to symbolise the occasion.

Perhaps one of London Soho’s most popular record stores since it’s inception in 2003, Phonica Records once again threw the ultimate event to mark the occasion. This year, they partnered up with Junction 2 festival, Old Blue Beer and TPI Sound.

As ever on RSD, the queue trailed long around the block as people eagerly awaited their chance to get down in the basement and enjoy surprise DJ sets late into the evening. Warming things up throughout the afternoon was a selection of housey diggers, including DJ Fett Burger, Nick The Record and Harrison BDP b2b Fabio Monesi.

Taking things up a gear towards the evening was one of electro’s finest producers, Detroit In Effect, followed by Skream and one of Junction 2’s debut DJs for 2019 – Shanti Celeste – who went b2b with Danielle. By 8pm, the basement was rammed with dancers keen to find out the surprise DJ for the closing set. Unexpectedly, Detroit techno royalty Juan Atkins stepped up to the decks with his seismic techno beats, which tore the roof off the basement for the grand finale.

If this day of music was anything to go by, we can say we are ecstatic for Phonica’s takeover of The Stretch stage on the Friday of Junction 2. See you front left for Hunee, MCDE, Jeremy Underground Carista and Peach. Fifth release Friday tickets running low.

We’ve put together our highlights in pictures below…

Photography by Fran Hales

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