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Bandcamp open Oakland record shop

Online retailer opens record shop and performance space

Online music retailer Bandcamp will launch a physical store in Oakland, California this February. Founded in 2008, hosts a vast selection of label and artist pages, selling digital music, vinyl, cassettes and merchandise. The retailer claims to cut a fair deal with those using the site, with 80-85% of money taken going back to the individuals who sell music through its pages.

Next month, however, will see the opening of a Bandcamp record shop and performance space housed at 1901 Broadway. According to a statement, the outlet will “feature a selection of records that showcase the diversity and design of the more than five million albums available on Bandcamp, and we’ll soon host free, all-ages shows as part of an upcoming video series”.

Bandcamp has also announced a host of partnerships with local organisations including Oakland School for the Arts, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and Transgender Law Center.

Those in the area can see performances from Bells Atlas, Sol Development, Queens D Light, Jazz On The Sidewalk and MJ’s Brass Boppers on the opening night on 1 February. More information can be found in the Bandcamp Daily news and feature section.