The music platform gets into the (physical) record store business.
Online music hub Bandcamp will open its first brick-and-mortar record store on Feb. 1 in Oakland, Calif. The shop, which will double as a performance space, will feature a curated selection of LPs showcasing the "diversity and design" of the 5 million-plus albums available on the artist-friendly platform, the company said.
The company said the space, a stone's throw from the Fox Theater downtown, will be utilized to host free shows as part of an upcoming video series. It will also be home to music-focused community events for area organizations, such as the Oakland School for the Arts, Bay Area Girls Rock Camp and Transgender Law Center.
A rep told Billboard that only 99 LPs will be in rotation in the store at any given time, with albums being swapped in and out on a regular basis. Tapes and 7 inches will be introduced at a later date, while the business model will be more akin to that of an independent record store than Bandcamp's online model.