It's on the comeback trail.
And vinyl and record shops will be celebrated in Huddersfield on Saturday.
Hundreds of music fans are expected to join queues from midnight outside Vinyl Tap on John William Street to be in with a chance of grabbing rare vinyl releases to mark Record Store Day.
Very limited releases by David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and even world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking are amongst the 500 plus records which could go on sale in the shop from the early hours of the morning.
The store will be one of over 200 in the UK and even more in the USA which will join in the event, which started in 2007 in the USA to celebrate the culture of independently owned record stores.
Last year queues of discophiles snaked across the front of Vinyl Tap, which, like this year, opens to the public at 7am.
There they will vie to buy some of the LPs, EP’s by veteran and new contemporary acts.
And Vinyl Tap will be turned into a mini festival venue on the day to mark the event, which will see eight local acts take to the stage.
Confirmed acts include The Stray, Lewis Duffy and Crooks and Claridge, who will entertain crowds from 9am to late afternoon.
Tony Boothroyd, owner of the shop, said: “This will be our fourth year of involvement in the event and it just keeps getting bigger and bigger.
“Some of the titles are so limited that we only get sent a few copies but we actually don’t even know ourselves yet what all of the records we will have on the day will be because they only send them out to us throughout this week.
“One I think will be particularly interesting is Johnny Marr, who is covering Depeche Mode’s song I Feel You.”
This year Record Store Day will arrive just one week after it was announced that the official weekly music charts will host a dedicated count down the top 40 best-selling singles sold in the vinyl format.
Tony added: “I’ve been in Utrecht, Holland for the last four days at the biggest record fair in the world, which was attended by people from all over the world.
“It’s incredible how much interest in vinyl there is at the moment.
“I must say a few years ago i never expected this to come back so strongly– more and more people from younger generations are finding out that vinyl looks great and sounds great.”
It’s the vinyl countdown
Soaring sales of traditional singles and albums will now be tracked in their own separate chart.
An official vinyl chart has been launched that will track the popularity of the best-selling singles and albums every week.
Vinyl - which at one point looked close to extinction in the face of CDs and streaming - has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years and last year saw vinyl LP sales reach a 20-year high in the UK at 1.29 million.
Data from the Official Charts Company shows former Oasis star Noel Gallagher dominating vinyl sales in the first quarter of the year.
Gallagher and his band, The High Flying Birds, have the best-selling vinyl single in the first three months of the year with Ballad Of The Mighty I and the best-selling album with Chasing Yesterday.
Other names in the chart include David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys and Mark Ronson.
Martin Talbot, the chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said: “We’re delighted to launch the UK’s first Official Vinyl Albums and Official Vinyl Singles charts on OfficialCharts.com, to coincide with Record Store Day this coming weekend. With vinyl album sales up by almost 70% already this year, vinyl junkies could well have snapped up 2 million units by the end of this year - an extraordinary number, if you consider sales were one-tenth of that just six years ago. This growth underlines the continuing resurgence of this much-loved format, whether you’re a fan of Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher, Led Zeppelin or David Bowie.”
Gennaro Castaldo, from industry body The BPI, said: “With sales of vinyl albums at their highest level since the heady days of Britpop and growing, the introduction of an Official Vinyl Chart at this time makes perfect sense. The chart will not only help us to better understand which artists and type of music are driving this resurgence, but will also help guide a new generation of younger, but emotionally-engaged, fans as they contemplate the vinyl delights that await them.”