While music is gradually shifting to more digital platforms, the age of the physical format seems to be dying out, right? No! There are still a lot of us who love the tactile nature of a record in our hands, and the unique sound you only get from a record.
The fact that you’re reading this article, I’m sure you can attest to that. Luckily for us lovers of vinyl, there are enough of us to keep the industry going (and then some!) and there are some fantastic record shops that all music lovers need to visit, so read on for our recommendations…
in Holborn is packed full with a huge range of wonderfully organised quality records and some fantastic rare editions too. With a super friendly staff and competitive prices, this is a central London record store that you need to visit. Plus, they also buy vinyl at great prices, so you can sell some of your unwanted stuff to fund your next purchase!
75 Berwick St
is a haven for all those who love dance music. Brought to you by four music lovers with a history in London clubs as well as vinyl, it’s a mecca of music, from new releases to rare collectibles.
5 Pearson St
Located in Brixton’s indie-cool Pop Brixton market, Container Records carries a wide array of music, with a heavy slant towards the electronic. New releases are in stock, but the real gem is the shop’s ever-changing stock of used vinyl. If you’re DJ, this is a shop you do not
want to skip over!
Unit s01 (at the back)
49 Brixton Station Road
London, SW9 8PQ, UK
Rose Red Records
specialise in a huge range of vinyl, CDs and band merchandise for a massive amount of genres, so you’ll always find something you’ll like. They also buy vinyl for great prices… and on top of all this, they also offer a custom order service, so if you can’t find what you want (be it vinyl, CD or even merch), they’ll order it in specially for you!
3 Royal Arcade
has been a part of the Leeds music scene for 30 years and they specialise in indie, alternative, rock, punk and metal. Plus they also stock a range of local music too. They offer an order-in service for any records you can’t find, and they also sell tickets for gigs and events in the local area.
35 The Headrow
stock a wide variety of music genres, including both new releases and classic records alike. They offer possibly the largest collection of second-hand vinyl in the North East and they send their records all over the world.
1 Clarendon House
Newcastle upon Tyne
started in 1979 as a stall in Blackpool, but soon grew into the record store it is today in Preston. Aside from the huge variety of music they sell in-store, they are also an independent record label, releasing great music themselves.
46 Church Street
stocks a massive range of both new and pre-owned records at prices for every budget; even down to as little as £2. They sell not only through their store but by post too, and also buy individual and collections of vinyl.
86 Tadcaster Road