The organizers of Record Store Day today announced the postponement of the 2020 installment for the second time, pushing the event first scheduled for April 18 and then delayed until June 30 to three separate “drops” in August, September and October.

The event first was postponed in mid-March as the full extent of the coroanvirus outbreak in the U.S. began to be realized. Now, as parts of the country slowly begin to reopen, organizers have decided that June 30 is too soon for major in-store events that can draw hundreds of shoppers at a time.

Yet instead of opting for an online-only experience, “RSD is now scheduled to be celebrated with special, properly distanced release dates on Saturdays in August, September and October.”

They write on the RSD website:

“Record Store Day will look very different this year, but supporting indie record stores may be more important than ever. We don’t know what sort of rules will be in place, or what sort of gatherings people will be in the mood for this year, so we’re focusing on the music and getting the really great titles on the RSD Official List this year into the stores and into your hands, in the most financially and socially responsible way.”

The titles on the official Record Store Day 2020 list that was published March 5 — including releases from The Cure, New Order, The The, Tones on Tail, The Replacements and more (see links below) — still will be released this year, but across three separate “drops,” on Aug. 29, Sept. 26 and Oct. 24.

On June 1, event organizers will release a new list that reveals which releases will be in participating independent record stores on which of those dates.

 

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