Media release: Lockdown livestream initiative, ‘The Record Club’, extends for new, 12-month series


RECORD Store Day UK, Official Charts and National Album Day are delighted to unveil the extension and relaunch of The Record Club in association with Bowers & Wilkins on 21 October for a new 12-month series.

The newly-relaunched series will kick off again with synth-pop four-piece, Future Islands, as guests, discussing their brand new album, As Long As You Are.

Order. Listen. Watch: Supporting record shops and new releases through lockdown and

A collaborative project from the brands at the heart of the British music industry with a combined digital audience of over three million music fans, The Record Club
livestream series was launched in May to support physical record shops and new releases through the challenge of lockdown.

Designed as a book club for albums, the bi-monthly livestream is hosted by BBC Music’s Jess Iszatt on Facebook Live every other Wednesday at 6.30pm. Fans are encouraged in the week beforehand to order the selected new-release album from their favourite local record shop either in-store or on home delivery, listen to it in full, then tune into the broadcast armed with their questions for the artist and a chance to win a prize.

Originally launching with artist, Rina Sawayama, talking about her debut album, ‘Sawayama’, The Record Club has already welcomed a busy schedule of celebrated acts and albums onto the show, including no less than one Number 1 album (Doves’ ‘The Universal Want’) and two midweek chart frontrunners (Sleaford Mods’ ‘Eton Alive’, Declan McKenna’s ‘Zeros’) plus Laura Marling (whose ‘Song For Our Daughter’ was later shortlisted for the Hyundai Mercury Prize), Phoebe Bridgers, All Time Low, Neck Deep and Groove Armada.

The Record Club unveils new identity and welcomes aboard Bowers & Wilkins as official partner

The Record Club is delighted to welcome premium audio brand, Bowers & Wilkins. on board as official partners of the new series to support its continuation across the next 12 months in not only championing the best new album releases of the year, but importantly connecting music fans with their local record retailers as they get back on their feet following the pandemic.

Episode 1 of the all-new series, featuring Future Islands, will take place 21 October at 6.30pm across The Record Club’s network of host Facebook social accounts – The Record Club, Record Store Day, Official Charts, National Album Day, as well as Future Island’s Facebook pages.

Fans can buy a copy of new album, ‘As Long As You Are;, in advance from their local record shop.

Coinciding with the relaunch, a newly revamped brand identity is unveiled, created by east London creative agency, Midnight Movement, who were tasked with repositioning The Record Club’s aesthetic and unifying all four participating partner brands under the new look and feel.

Dave Sheen, executive vice-president of Product, Brand and Strategic Partnerships, said: “We’re proud to be joining The Record Club in an exciting new chapter. As passionate fans of music, we have always believed in the importance of connecting music makers with fans – something that has never been as vital as it is now – to celebrate the art of making music and to experience an album as the artist intended.

“We’re delighted to be helping to connect talented music creators with music lovers in a more meaningful way by providing an opportunity for artists to share their own creative journey in making their album.”


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About Bowers & Wilkins

Bowers & Wilkins, founded in the UK in 1966, has been at the forefront of high-performance audio for more than 50 years. Bowers & Wilkins designs and manufactures precision home speakers, five headphones, custom installation and performance car audio products that set new standards for innovation and sound quality, earning countless awards and accolades from the world’s leading recording studios and musicians. Bowers & Wilkins’ reputation is based on the unwavering pursuit of the best possible sound and an unsurpassable music listening experience.

About Record Store Day

Record Store Day Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 230 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual
events on the music calendar.

About National Album Day Following a successful inaugural year, National Album Day returned for its third annual edition on Saturday, 10th October. Organised jointly by record labels body, the BPI and ERA (Entertainment Retailers Association), representing the nation’s music retailers and digital/streaming platforms, and with the active participation of AIM (Association of Independent Music), National Album Day has the backing and input of the wider music community. This year taking the 1980s as its inspiration, the music and artist community will come together with the support of BBC Sounds and partners such as Classic Album Sundays for a series of events and activities in the lead up to 10th October that will celebrate the UK’s love for the album and the craft that goes into making this culturally-significant body of work.

About Official Charts is the online home of the UK’s Official Charts, delivering breaking music news, interviews, new releases and competitions to three million of the UK’s biggest chart fans monthly. You can exclusively access the full Official Singles and Official Albums Chart Top 100, published Fridays at 5.45pm, plus official genre and format charts for Rock, Dance, Streaming, Vinyl and many more. You can also search the historical chart archive by date, artist, song/album title or keyword to pull up its complete chart history, chart stats and week-by-week chart position. is owned and operated by the Official Charts Company, the providers of the UK’s official music and video charts, as heard on BBC Radio 1, MTV, Music Week, The Sun, Daily Star, and many more.

Recognised as the most comprehensive market data of its kind – covering 99 per cent of the total UK singles market and 98 per cent of the total UK albums market – the Official Charts are based on physical and digital sales plus streaming data gathered from all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music and streaming services. A joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and the Entertainment Retailers Association, the Official Charts Company are responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music charts and industry sales data.

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