National Album Day is almost here - find out everything you need to know 

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This coming Saturday (October 13) will mark the launch of the first-ever National Album Day in the UK.

The week-long event has been organised by BBC Music in conjunction with the UK music community – and will see activity across the country to celebrate the UK’s love of the humble album.

National Album Day will be marked by a spate of new releases and classic recordings spanning all musical genres, and it’ll also pay tribute to the wide range and styles of album artwork – something that has been largely lost in this age of digital streaming.

National Album Day also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the album format – and 10 points if you can guess what the first album was! Find the answer below.

Planned activities will include dedicated BBC Music programmes, retail events and artist appearances, while you can nominate and share your favourite albums on social media using the hashtag #NationalAlbumDay and by following @AlbumDayUK on Twitter.

At 3.33pm on Saturday, fans, stores, radio stations and public spaces will be invited to play their favourite albums in full. So keep an ear open if you’re out and about in the afternoon.

The majority of artists still think in terms of writing and recording albums rather than just tracks

Iain McNay - Cherry Red Records

National Album Day ambassadors include Alice Cooper, Matt Berry and Public Service Broadcasting.

Chairman of Cherry Red Records Iain McNay, who is one of the organisers of the event, says: “The format of the album is so important. Even in this era of the growing popularity of streaming, the majority of artists still think in terms of writing and recording albums rather than just tracks. 

“National Album Day is a great reminder of the creative thought and brilliance that goes into the making of an album, and it is a way that we can all participate by listening to and remembering our favourite albums. 

“The album is the king of music formats; long live the king!”  

Keep your eye on Louder, Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Prog over the coming days for some of the best albums – and get ready to celebrate the Album in all its glory!

First ever album answer: It was Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor which was released on Columbia’s Masterworks label in June 1948. So now you know!

Scott Munro
Louder e-commerce editor

Scott has spent 35 years in newspapers, magazines and online as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. Scott joined our news desk in the summer of 2014 before moving to the e-commerce team in 2020. Scott keeps Louder’s buyer’s guides up to date, writes about the best deals for music fans, keeps on top of the latest tech releases and reviews headphones, speakers, earplugs and more. Over the last 10 years, Scott has written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog. He's previously written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald newspapers, covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to tech reviews, video games, travel and whisky. Scott's favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Cocteau Twins, Drab Majesty, Marillion and Rush.