RAY OF LIGHT: There were a few recognisable faces to spot around the country, including Billy Bragg performing outside Sister Ray in London Town - and Guardian/Mojo/Times /Q journalist Pete Paphides helping out behind the desk.
ALL THE PEOPLE: One of the most impressive queues of the day arrived outside Newcastle’s Reflex Records - it stretched right round the corner of the block. Elsewhere, Rise and Head in Bristol were both stuffed with punters. This week’s Top 10 physical singles are all Record Store Day exclusives - as are seven of the Top 10 vinyl albums. Around 230 stores took part in this year’s Record Store Day – 50 more than last year - and there were approximately 450 exclusives on sale. Who said specialist music retail was dead?