Icon Film Distribution today announces a unique partnership with Record Store Day UK. To celebrate this year’s programme Icon are offering Record Store day customers the exclusive opportunity to see Miles Ahead for free, in advance of its cinema release.

Directed by and Starring Don Cheadle, Miles Ahead is the impressionistic feature film portrait of Miles Davis, the musical genius and ultimate iconoclast who embodied the spirit of independence. A perfect accompaniment to Record Store day, the annual celebration of independent record shops and their unique culture.

Screenings will take place nationwide on the 18th April. Participating sites include Rough Trade East in London, Rough Trade Nottingham, Rise Music Bristol, Home Manchester and Hyde Park Picture House Leeds. Fans can collect tickets from the following stores from 11th April:

Crash Records
Eastern Bloc
Endless Music
Jumbo Records
Norman Records
Piccadilly Records
Rise, Bristol
Rough Trade Nottingham
Rough Trade East
Vinyl Exchange
Vinyl Revival

“Offering customers’ exclusive access to films before cinema release is a first for Record Store Day and something we are very excited to be involved in”, says Rupert Morrison of Drift Records, RSD’s spokesperson. “Record Store Day celebrations aim to unite those through their love of music and partnering with Icon Films for the Miles Ahead movie does exactly that. Given the musical icon that Miles Davis is, this is the perfect partnership.”

Miles Ahead, written, directed by and starring Don Cheadle as Miles Davis alongside Ewan McGregor and Emayatzy Corinealdi.

All Rolling Stone reporter Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) wants is an exclusive interview with the jazz legend himself, Miles Davis (Don Cheadle). What he gets instead is a wild and dangerous ride-along with a recording artist living at his edge, rife with shootouts, car-chases, and a tale of lost love to the singer Frances (Emayatzy Corinealdi).

Inspired by events in Miles Davis’s life, Academy Award® Nominee Don Cheadle boldly brings his vision, both in-front-of and behind-the-camera in MILES AHEAD, his directorial debut. A wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds-barred portrait of one of twentieth-century music’s creative geniuses.

Miles Ahead is released in UK cinemas on April 22nd by Icon Film Distribution.

Record Store Day is the one day of the year when over 200 independent record shops all across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture. Special vinyl releases are made exclusively for the day and many shops and cities host artist performances and events to mark the occasion. Thousands more shops celebrate the day around the globe in what’s become one of the biggest annual events on the music calendar. The first Record Store Day was officially kicked off by Metallica in San Francisco in 2008 and is now held every thirdSaturday in April.

 

Participating shops:
Crash Records35 The HeadrowLeedsLS1 6PU
Jumbo Records5-6 St Johns CentreLeedsLS2 8LQ
Norman RecordsUnit 20 Croydon HouseLeedsLS11 9RT
Piccadilly Records53 Oldham StreetManchesterM1 1JR
Vinyl Exchange18 Oldham StreetManchesterM1 1JN
Vinyl Revival5 Hilton StreetManchesterM4 1LP
Eastern Bloc5A Stevenson SquareManchesterM1 1DN
Endless Music377 Bury New RoadPrestwichM25 1QA
Rough TradeDraywalk, 91 Brick LaneLondonE1 6QL
Rise Bristol70 Queens RoadBristolBS8 1QU
Rough Trade Nottingham5 Broad StreetNottinghamNG1 3AJ
“MILES AHEAD: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” is released on LP, CD & Digital Download on Friday April 1st by Sony Music/Legacy Recordings.

By Michael Dickinson

Michael is the VultureHound Film Editor.