On Saturday 10th October the entire British music community are coming together to celebrate the third National Album Day. As part of the celebration UK record labels will be reissuing special limited-edition vinyl pressings of some of your favourite ‘80s albums.
Don’t miss the rare & coloured vinyl LPs specially for National Album Day – check eil.com from 8am on Saturday 10th for all the special editions, and a chance to order some of these sure-fire, instant collectables.
There’s going to be a week-long build-up of activities across the country celebrating the album as a format involving amazing talent which spans artists, songwriters, producers, labels, retailers, sleeve designers and the great British public too!
We’ve enjoyed over 70 years of albums; classic, life-changing, first, influential and even the ones we couldn’t live without. Albums mean different things to different people – but there is no denying the huge impact they’ve not only had on our lives but on British pop-culture as we know it.
The Eighties is the theme for 2020 and the third annual event, exploring the long voted UK’s favourite music decade that has inspired future generations. It’s hard to believe the era began 40 years ago!
Artist ambassadors for the event include T’Pau vocalist and musician Carol Decker, DJ, producer and founder of Soul II Soul Jazzie B, Billy Ocean, Blossoms, La Roux, Psychedelic Furs and Toyah Willcox, ABC founder and frontman Martin Fry, iconic pop father and daughter Kim & Marty Wilde, and country-pop twin sisters Ward Thomas – who will be marking National Album Day and the release of their brand new album Invitation with an exclusive global live stream headline performance from London’s historic Theatre Royal Haymarket on 10th October, featuring a cover of an 80s song in keeping with the theme!
A huge “Must See Movies 80s” video promotion is also confirmed to celebrate this year’s National Album Day with supermarkets and retailers including Asda, Morrisons, Amazon, HMV and Tesco stocking a range of classic 80s film titles including Big, Blade Runner, Cocktail, Dirty Dancing, ET, Ghost, Ghostbusters, The Goonies, Labyrinth, The Lost Boys, Purple Rain, Robocop, Stand By Me, Top Gun and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
National Album Day is organised jointly by record labels body the BPI (The BRIT Awards and Hyundai Mercury Prize) and the Entertainment Retailers Association (Record Store Day), and is supported across the BBC with highlights available to listen to on BBC Sounds, along with the UK’s recorded music industry including AIM and other trade associations, retailers and digital/streaming platforms, and partners including Classic Albums Sunday – who this October celebrate their tenth anniversary.
There is even an official hashtag for 2020; #MyAlbumEscape.
It has been a turbulent year for everyone and for many, music forms an essential part of their escapism, even if for a brief moment.
Which is why we’re asking you to tell us the albums that provide escapism and the records that lift your mood. It could be the album that has got you through lockdown or a record you turn to and turn on to take yourself elsewhere.
With live music events having all but vanished, it’s time to celebrate how music still has a positive role to play in our lives, with albums a cornerstone of this experience.
From October 1st and culminating on October 10th, they’re encouraging people to share their choices using the hashtag #MyAlbumEscape on Instagram, Instagram Stories, Facebook and Twitter.
Alongside an image of the album, we’re asking you to share the story behind the record and why it’s so important to you.
Keep track of the National Album Day website for more news, events and exclusive Album Day activities to be announced in the coming weeks. Much more to come!