RECORD dealers in Swindon are gearing up for the tenth UK Record Store Day on April 21, promising a great selection of rarities and reissues.

RPM Records in Old Town and Red House Records in the town centre are both taking part in the annual event, where independent record stores across the country receive specially-made releases of vinyl records.

Greg Miszkowski has run RPM Records in Old Town with wife Karrie since 2016 and will be holding their second store day.

“I would advise people to get here as early as they can. Some of my regulars turned up at four in the morning last year,” said Greg.

Shops can only request some of the 300 different records created for the day, but make no guarantees of specific items for customers.

“We have had a lot of requests from people for particular records, the Led Zeppelin single, the Courteeners St Jude album and ABBA’s ‘Summer Night City’.

“My favourite item is by a band called Waterfront who formed The Stone Roses which is being released for the first time. I’m waiting until the end of Saturday before I pick up a copy, I’d much rather customers go home happy than I get the record I want.”

“I can only make requests, not guarantees and so some people will be disappointed.”

RPM will have live music on the day from The Mike Barham Band, a rock group from Devizes.

Red House Records, located inside Holmes Music on Faringdon Road, will be taking part in their fifth Record Store Day.

Red House owner Paul Holmes said: “It’s best to get here early, and depends what you’re looking; some of the more popular items will go very quickly, but you could find the more niche records around later in the day.

“Last year we had someone desperate for one particular record who camped out from 11.00pm the night before.”

Red House are teaming up with Darkroom Expresso cafe down the road, taking coffee orders from 7.00am. The first 10 people will get a free coffee.

Both RPM records and Red House records will be giving out a limited number of Fred Perry tote bags to the first people in line, courtesy of Record Store Day.

Participating stores are restricted from opening their doors until 8.00am nationwide.