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Record Store Day UK reveals Kate Bush will release exclusive vinyl for this year’s event

Kate Bush has been revealed as this year’s official ambassador for Record Store Day UK and will release a special 10″ RSD edition of Eat The Music on 20 April.

The single, originally scheduled to be the first release from her 1993 album The Red Shoes, was cancelled in favour of Rubberband Girl. This RSD edition is now set to be a hugely collectible release for fans.

Kate has recreated her own unique version, a beautiful UV printed 10″ with her preferred track list of: Eat The Music, Lily and Big Stripey Lie.

front image of Kate Bush's Eat The Music Record Store Day release

‘A Huge Honour’

Bush said: “What a huge honour to have been asked to be ambassador for this year’s Record Store Day. It really is a great privilege. Isn’t it great to see how the resurgence in vinyl has taken the music industry by complete surprise? It had decided to leave vinyl far behind, but it would seem that not everyone agrees! I love that!”

In a statement issued by RSD UK, the singer continued: “I know there are many, many artists who are just as excited to see the audience turning the tide. In the same way that some people like to read a book on Kindle but also want to have a book as a physical object, a lot of people like vinyl and streaming. Both have different appeals.

Personal Connection

“The added bonus of vinyl is that it encourages people to listen to albums. An art form that I’ve always thought can be treasured in a unique way. An album on vinyl is a beautiful thing, given a strong identity by its large-scale artwork. There’s a much more personal connection with the artist and their work.

“It’s been fun putting designs together for some of the previous RSDs. This year’s design echoes the cancelled release of Eat The Music as the first single from the album, The Red Shoes. The image was intended to be on the cover of the single bag and is now on the disc as a UV print.

If Music Be The Food Of Love…

“The title, Eat The Music, is meant to be a playful nod to ‘If music be the food of love, play on,’  from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

“Each year Record Store Day gathers more attention, more momentum, and attracts more people who cram into indie record stores all over the world to see what’s up.

“This year, I hope you have a fantastic time at this very important event, and that you get to celebrate music that’s been specially released for you. Very best wishes, Kate.”

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Vinyl Revival

As Record Store Day ambassador, Kate Bush joins an illustrious list of artists including Taylor Swift, Elton John, Noel Gallagher and the 1975.

Over 270 small and independent shops are set to take part in this year’s Record Store Day – the highest in its 17-year history.  The success of the event has sparked a huge turnaround in fortunes for the nation’s independent record stores whose unwavering resilience is helping to ensure their survival on UK high streets.

Record Store Day takes place on Saturday, April 20. A full list of participating shops and this year’s release list can be found on here

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