Impressed Recordings To Launch Brick-And-Mortar Store In Sydney

3 April 2024 | 2:02 pm | Ellie Robinson

Fittingly, the grand opening will take place on Record Store Day.

Impressed Recordings' Troy Barrot, Luke Bevans and Georgia O'Connor

Impressed Recordings' Troy Barrot, Luke Bevans and Georgia O'Connor (Supplied)

Impressed Recordings – a boutique record label operating out of Sydney (Eora) – have announced the launch of a new brick-and-mortar record store, which they’ll open, fittingly, on this year’s Record Store Day (Saturday April 20).

The shopfront and wide-spanning “music hub” will be held at Impressed Recordings’ HQ of 93 Bourke St, Woolloomooloo. In a press release, it’s said the concept comes from the label’s effort to embrace “the enduring appeal of physical music and community in the midst of a vinyl resurgence”. It’s declared the space will be “a curated haven to create experiences and a home to connect musicians with listeners”, and described boldly as “a new oasis for music enthusiasts”.

In addition to “a curated selection of exclusive Impressed releases”, the shop will carry an assortment of second-hand vinyl and “a hand-picked selection of rare music books”. The space notably used to hold an art gallery, making it a unique setting for the atmosphere the Impressed Recordings team aim to cultivate. To that end, they’ll use the shop to host in-store events, such as performances from artists on the Impressed roster.

For its launch on Record Store Day, the shop will carry exclusive vinyl pressings from artists like The Wiggles, James Johnston, Tasman Keith and The Terrys (among others). Performing on the night will be Babitha, with her set focused on songs from her recently reissued debut album Brighter Side Of Blue.

In a formal statement, label founder Luke Bevans (who launched Impressed after tenures with Apple Music and Universal) said of his aim for the new shop: “We hope our customers are empowered with a love of music when they listen to our vinyl and step into our space. We hope in Impressed, they find a music brand that speaks to their values of supporting musicians and being a platform to find new music they love. Impressed is made for lovers of music, by lovers of music.”

Head here for more info on Impressed Recordings, and to see their existing online shopfront and tastemaking platform.

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The list of exclusive releases dropping on Record Store Day 2024 was unveiled back in February. A second list, detailing RSD drops from Australian artists, followed last month.