One of the biggest annual events in the music calendar is rearing its vinyl head. Celebrate this year’s Record Store Day on 21 April with one of 200 independent record shops in the UK, and if you’re keen to browse for vintage records and second-hand CDs, pay a visit to one of our favourite indie music stores.
Flashback in Islington stocks mostly second-hand vinyl, CDs and DVDs. It’s a goldmine for music treasure hunters with bins full of quality stock at reasonable prices. You won’t find cheap rack-filler tat here. Flashback also took over an ailing record shop in Crouch End over ten years ago and their flagship branch opened in Shoreditch in 2014. In an age obsessed with online shopping, Flashback is nonetheless thriving.
A favourite with punk and hardcore music lovers, All Age Records offers customers hundreds of new and second-hand records to rifle through. Their collections are meticulously organised and easy to peruse. As well as CDs and vinyl, you’ll find t-shirts, fanzines, books, patches, badges, gig tickets and more. An indie record shop through and through, All Age is ever supportive of unsigned punk bands and offers to sell copies for emerging punk artists in the store’s ‘unsigned’ section.
Spillers is the oldest record shop in the world. That’s a fact. Pretty impressive, huh? They stock everything from metal, rock and pop to indie, goth to electronica – and loads more asides. There’s something for every music enthusiast to celebrate here including modern CDs and vinyl for those who aren’t looking to buy vintage or retro records.
You won’t find any metal or hardcore at this record store. Wanted stocks the likes of reggae, jazz, soul – oh, and strictly NO chart music. All records are neatly arranged and there are loads of rare vinyl, if you look hard enough. Located in St Nicholas Market, this indie shop fits in well with the buzzing Bristol vibe in this part of town.s
In the heart of Brighton’s vibrant North Laine area, Resident is a brilliant independent music establishment – big, bright, tidy and modern-looking with a huge selection of new music on vinyl and CD. The knowledgeable staff are enthusiastic about their store and eager to help offer music advice to curious customers. Resident also sells local area gig tickets.
This small and cosy record store gem with its shabby style décor and retro coffee shop is a must-visit for music lovers. Selling the latest obscure indie releases as well as rare vinyl pressings, music mags and more, this unique record store has been named as one of the best record shops in the UK.
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