A Blog by International Students at Leiden University
The past Saturday was not only the Easter holiday, but also the Record Store Day 2014. On this day, many bands and artists release limited special editions of their old songs and probably some new singles. The record stores around the world have their own events with local and international bands performing in the store, almost like a small festival in celebration of their own existence.
I headed to Amsterdam at 11 o’clock to meet my friends in Concerto. By the time we got there, there were already a lot of people in the store. Most of them were in the Record Store Day special section and the second-hand vinyl section. A friend didn’t get what he wanted to buy; another friend accidentally found a special edition of a single from Echo & the Bunnymen. After record shopping, we went to the store cafe for the performing. Luckily, we were just in time for The Strypes. They played for about 30 mins before they went downstairs for signing. That’s when we left Concerto.
Amsterdam was kind to us – it was a sunny day. We headed to Bazar for lunch and after that, we checked out the newly opened Kilo-shop. Since the day is getting longer now, we ended up sitting in a park for quite a few hours, having ice-cream, listening to music and simply enjoying the sunshine. Some people took their dogs for a walk or play here from time to time. We all witnessed the first swimming experience of a dog called Diablo. And later when he ran past me, he accidentally kicked me in the back – ouch! I was the one who clapped for your bravery!
It was my first Record Store Day. And it was a good one. 🙂