Are Cassettes Coming Back? Britain Braces for Cassette Store Day UK

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Record Store Day owes its roots to a wild resurgence in vinyl.  But is the same thing happening for cassettes?  This is a format that seems to attract more nostalgia than actual sales, but nonetheless, Cassette Store Day UK is plowing forward with a large slate of exclusive releases.

Girl Band, Alex G, The Maccabees, Kaiser Chiefs, Spector, and Radio Soulwax are just some of the artists tossing releases into the revival effort.  And perhaps the UK is the perfect place for the rebirth.  “Cassette tapes aren’t just a format, they’re a culture, and cassette culture is as much about collaboration as doing it yourself,” event organizer Jen Lung stated.  “This year we’ve gone even further to try and include as many tape fans around the world.”

“We want as many people as possible to be able to get involved and put out a tape, put on a gig or event, or get hold of that release they really want.”

Check out the full slate of releases here; to become a participating store head here.

9 Responses

    • StreamingIsPiracy

      Yeah, what he said. Try storing cassettes for 35 years then listen to how they sound. I did just that a few months ago. It was not pretty. CD’s are the only way to go long term.

      • dcguzman

        So youre depriving music consumers then with your delusions? Even Ford wont release a CD player in there vehicles anymore. Apple already discontinued the Ipod classic and dedicated music players are outdated. Just honest questions, do you even have a CD component system in your car or home? Do you even have SONY disc man? Do you even know what Im commenting are?

        • Hero

          I have a brand new Volkswagen with a CD player that I listen to constantly. I have not one, but two complete CD systems at home, with two turntables.

          There ARE people who listen to CD’s and actually BUY them. Get off the corporate download bandwagon. They will be obsolete in 5 years. Only true fidelity will win in the end.

      • Me2

        I recently did a digital transfer of 50 or so cassettes made in the 1980s, not quite 35 years, but for the most part, they still sounded great.

        I’ve also seen CD-R media peel off of the plastic, completely destroyed after only 5 years.

        Manufacturing quality of a particular run and chemical formulation are huge factors in longevity, given any media. It’s innacurate to make generalizations about formats.

      • N

        Post 2010, tapes are very good. Chemical formulation in cassettes has improved very good. On the other hand, CD technology has remained same, scratch proof CD technology was not commercially successful.

  1. Tyler

    On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for all music formats drops to zero.


  2. CassetteBob

    Just like vinyl records, cassettes and 8 tracks are now coming back in style. Analog sound and not digital compressed music with no character takes away from the REAL music and how it was meant to sound. If you have never compared a cassette tape to a CD you are missing out on true performance.