Kate Bush Announced as 2024 Record Store Day UK Ambassador

    Kate Bush has been announced as the ambassador for Record Store Day UK 2024, which takes place on April 20. As part of the celebration, Bush will reissue ‘Eat the Music’, from 1983’s The Red Shoes, on a 10″ vinyl, with ‘Lily’ and ‘Big Stripey Lie’ as B-sides.

    Bush shared the following statement accompanying the announcement:

    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! 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.

    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.
    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. What’s new?
    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

    In America, Paramore will serve as the ambassadors for this year’s American Record Store Day.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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