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if you want to get the ultra-limited things.
Is Banquet in Kingston any good?
banquet in kingston is an AMAZING store.
from shop to shop, what they have ordered in, how much of each item will get there hands on, with numbers being limited, it's probably best to enquire with the shop to see what they have/will be ordering etc. From the look of it from there website Banquet look to be pretty organised so would reckon you'd have a good chance of getting hold of what you want. Personally i'm making a 200 mile trip again to Spillers Records in Cardiff, going to be doing a dj set in the shop which i'm pretty excited about
they banded records and only allowed one from the top band. not one per artist but just one from the entire selection. I waited from 5.30am to realise that gorillaz and blur were banded in the same place.....
good store though, especially as i'm local
Did they not get many copies of the Blur single? How long was the queue? How near the front were you?
If i just turn up a couple of hours before opening to somewhere like Rough Trade East am I kissing my chances goodbye of getting my hands on the more sought after releases? I haven't been to most of the participating stores before... do I need to go further afield to find stores that will be less packed? Or will a lot of them have less stock & so I might as well just hang outside Rough Trade for a few more hours?
that RTE gave out raffle tickets to the early arrivals last year, guaranteeing them the Blur release - not sure what this years equivilent to that is to be honest.
Most things were a free for all once inside but they did save some back to put on the shelves later on which I most certainly agree with, I didn't arrive at RTE till about 10.30 though so I can't be sure, but I think that is what I remember.
Spencer looks on here, he'll be the man to ask / advise the policy.
Last year I got everything I wanted (and some I didn't particularly in hindsight!).
Seeming as I just live down the road I think I'll give it a shot.
didn't they have people queuing outside RTE at 2am last year?
Still think that might have just been people sleeping in the alleyway though, & RT were exaggerating slightly.
policy works better than the rough trade free for all. It's the fairest solution allowing everyone to get something super rare, cos lets face it the ebayers well get up and get there first nab all the good stuff and the real fans are just left with the stuff destined for the sale section.
for the Fool's Day / Beatles etc. releases I can see this year being policed even more severely. However, the cunts who auction the stuff on eBay tend to be the jobless / touts / uni students who don't really mind about waking up at 6am on a Saturday to make a quick buck on the side (nice generalisation I know), so it's a lose lose for the organisers imo.
Just remember that one or two releases aside, most of the things can be got for pretty much cost price now. Don't be a fool and buy those things you miss in the scramble the week after, wait a while.
The prices often level out after the initial panic has subsided. I hate the idea of all the good releases going to touts, but there's not much they can do beyond stopping people getting several copies of a record, is there?