Record Store Day relaunches its unsigned competition for 2020

Ahead of returning for its 13th year this April, Record Store Day relaunch its unsigned bands competition, #RSDUnsigned

Article by Jamie Dunn | 09 Jan 2020
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Record Store Day, the annual shindig championing independent record shops, returns on Saturday 18 April for its 13th year. As well as celebrating all things vinyl, the event sees parties happening in stores across the UK and elsewhere the world over, helping welcome hundreds of limited edition record releases. Ahead of this year’s event, Record Store Day are relaunching #RSDUnsigned, the competition that gives one under the radar UK act the opportunity to get their music pressed onto 500 vinyls – for free!

The competition, returning for its third year, kicks off today and is once again hosted by long-time vinyl manufacturers Sound Performance. “New and emerging independent talent is the lifeblood of music and we look forward to seeing the videos from this year’s entrants,” said Sound Performance CEO Chris Marksberry. “The winners get such a great platform to show their music in front of the industry with invaluable exposure and ongoing support from RSD and Sound Performance and I would encourage every band and songwriter that would like to be discovered to enter this competition.”

The winners of the inaugural #RSDUnsigned were disco-funk outfit Barbudo and last year the award went to Glasgow indie-punk three-piece Heavy Rapids. If you’re an emerging artist or band that would like to join them in having some of your music pressed onto vinyl, all you have to do is upload a one-minute video showcasing your music to

The competition closes on the 16 Mar; More info here: