Cassette Week is an annual celebration of all things cassettes organized by Tapehead City, an online shop based out of New York. This well-loved and important format was a pivotal piece of music technology in the 1970s and ’80s but has also experienced a resurgence in recent years. Cassette culture is powered by a community of nostalgic collectors who never gave up on tapes, labels, and artists who release new music on this affordable format, and the music fans who embrace it.
Cassette Week 2021 is confirmed for October 10-16. Here’s everything you need to know.
How does Cassette Week work?
Labels will release Cassette Week exclusives, either new albums or coveted reissues, and music stores will sign up to sell those releases in-store or online. This means that inventory can vary depending on where you live or where you shop, whether it’s the local brick-and-mortar or your go-to seller on Discogs.
Before you visit a store in person, check their website and social media channels to make sure you’re prepared for new rules related to COVID-19. This could range from limited store capacity to scheduled visitation or online-only transactions. As always, wear a mask, keep your distance, and be considerate to your local store clerks and fellow cassette collectors.
Where can I buy Cassette Week releases online?
On Discogs, of course! If you can’t find a shop in your region, be prepared to search for the Cassette Week releases you want in the Discogs Marketplace.
You can still support some of the participating stores directly. First, check to see if your preferred shop is selling inventory through Discogs. During Cassette Week, search for the store’s name in the Marketplace and head to their Seller account to score tapes.
If you’re looking for a specific Cassette Week release, you’ll want to add it to your Discogs Wantlist. That way, you’ll get a notification when it’s added to the Marketplace.
How much are Cassette Week releases?
It varies. The price of a Cassette Week release is usually on par with a typical cassette release, which means it’s pretty affordable. However, the limited nature of Cassette Week creates a higher demand than supply. Tapes will often increase in value over time, resulting in a hotter resale market.
Is Cassette Week the same as Cassette Store Day?
Cassette Week is an evolution of Cassette Store Day. Started in 2013 by a handful of UK-based labels as an answer to Record Store Day for the cassette-collecting community. In recent years, Cassette Store Day was an annual affair organized by Blak Hand Records in the United Kingdom, Side B Creations in Japan, and Burger Records in the United States. (Burger is no longer associated with either Cassette Store Day or Cassette Week; Burger was dissolved due to allegations of sexual misconduct.)
Tapehead City received a “blessing” to take over promotion on the U.S. side. Thus, Cassette Week was born in 2020.
Where can I learn more about cassettes?
Discogs is best known as a destination for vinyl lovers, but the Community also loves cassettes. Maybe you’re new to collecting cassettes, or maybe you’re looking for more info on the latest trends. Either way, Discogs has you covered:
- Explore Cassettes in the Marketplace
- Discover Cassettes in the Database
- Cassette Trends, Guides, Data, and More
- How to Care for Cassette Tapes