The event, which was to have taken place on April 18, 2020, has been postponed until June 20, 2020.
This was “the best of all possible moves,” Record Store Day’s organizers said in a release. “We think this gives stores around the world the best chance to have a profitable, successful Record Store Day, while taking into consideration the recommendations of doctors, scientists, the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, and the need to be good citizens of both local and worldwide communities.”
Record Store Day is working with stores and partners to make the transition “as smooth as possible,” they said. “Record Store Day is everywhere 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
Record Store Day began in 2008 and has become a huge boon to vinyl sales. Last year’s Record Store Day was the third-largest sales week for vinyl albums since Neilsen’s SoundScan began tracking them in 1991. The specification of a make-up date will be helpful but one has to think there will be a lot of late and deferred payments moving through the vinyl supply chain following this announcement.