An increasingly necessary fixture in our calendars is Record Store Day (on 16th April this year) which we take as an excuse to celebrate the unique culture of independent record shops and the people that run them, as well as raising money for charities. A newer trend is pop up stores for Record Store Day. The Vinyl Factory have theirs (in addition to their Poland Street shop, Phonica) in the gallery of St Martin's Lane Hotel in Central London, and now Gilles Peterson - an avid collector himself, of course - has announced his Brownswood Recordings label is to set up shop at CAMP, the City Arts and Music Project, on City Road in Shoreditch. The Brownswood event sees the East London venue get a complete makeover in African street fair styles by Brownswood's resident artist Josephine Ade Chinonye Chime, as vinyl enthusiasts will browse through rare soul, jazz, groove, funk and African records from Peterson's favourite UK dealers. There will also be special live auctions with generously donated finds from figures including Thom Yorke, Erykah Badu, Four Tet, Zane Lowe and Rob de Bank. All proceeds will go to the Steve Reid Foundation, a charity named for the great jazz, funk and afro-beat drummer that raises money on behalf of struggling musicians.
Gilles Peterson will be appearing at Sónar 2011. The Festival will take place from 16 th to 18th June at the CCCB in Barcelona, the Fira Gran Via in L’Hospitalet, L’Auditori in Barcelona and the Teatre Grec in Barcelona. Tickets are on sale here.