Saturday, 16 April 2011

Record Store Day

Today is Record Store Day, a day when we celebrate all that is good about our local independent record stores. My local is and has been for many many years a store called Top Twenty.

There is no denying that you can buy your CD’s cheaper online, or from the likes of Tesco, HMV, Tower Records or one of the other major retailers, but for me, nothing beats having a good root around in a small independent record store for hidden gems. Maybe it is because I am a small business owner myself, but I would much prefer to give my money to a local store owned and run by local people. Given the current climate here in Ireland, I think it is vitally important that we do all we can to support local business.

Anyway…. Today, as part of the celebrations, Top Twenty had some intimate in store gigs. First up were Meles Méles. I would love to tell you more about them, but eh…. well I missed their gig.

Big Dogg

Next up were Big Dogg. Lead singer Jonny Warren has been rocking for as long as I have known him. He possesses a fantastic voice, effortlessly switching from a full on rock roar one minute to soft and mellow whisper the next. Fantastic stuff.

Miracle Bell

Headlining today were hometown kings, Miracle Bell. I’ve seen these guys a few times now and they continue to impress. They played a tight, fun filled, 5 track set to a very appreciative crowd. If they keep improving at the rate they are, it won’t be long till there brand of electro pop will be heard world wide. Check out the sample below.

Miracle Bell: Future Kings

And so ends my small brief review of Record Store Day at Top Twenty Naas. Remember to keep supporting your local independent record store and local business.

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