Vinyl Is Back! Here's Where To Buy It In Manchester
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I'm sure you’ve noticed that Vinyl records have been making a huge comeback over the last few years. And with Manchester’s musical reputation (we were voted the top UK city for live music, don’t you know!) of course there’s going to be tons of places across the city where you can pick up great vinyl.
We’ve made a list of the best ten shops to grab your fix - in case you want to join the trend.
1. Piccadilly Records
Piccadilly Records has something for everyone. Selling both popular and the more obscure Vinyls, the shop covers all bases in terms of music. Even better, the staff will give you great recommendations to help you find the perfect record for you.
2. Vinyl Exchange
Just a little down the road from Piccadilly Records you’ll find Vinyl Exchange. They claim to be the largest seller and buyer of rare and second-hand records in the north-west, and it certainly shows in their variety. It might take you a little while to rummage through their stock, but you’re guaranteed to come away happy.
3. Eastern Bloc Records
Eastern Bloc isn’t your standard record shop. It also serves up coffee, cakes, breakfast and lunch to make for a more relaxed shopping trip. Specialising in D’n’B, Jungle, Dubstep, House, Techno and Electronica, Eastern Bloc also sells music merchandise and event tickets. What more could you ask for?
4. Clampdown Records
With good prices and lots of choice, Clampdown Records is a winner. The shop is an Aladdin’s Cave of lost Vinyl as it boasts of its variety of rare singles and out of print LPs. You just can’t go wrong here.
5. Vinyl Resting Place
Apart from the brilliant name - this place has a lot going for it.
On the third floor of Affleck’s Palace, Vinyl Resting Place is a bit of a record haven. The shop stocks thousands of Vinyl records alongside band t-shirts, music DVDs and cassette tapes. With staff who are keen to help you find that ideal record, it’s a great place to add to your Vinyl shopping list.
6. Vinyl Revival
Another Northern Quarter shop with a corker of a name, Vinyl Revival prides itself on stock from Manchester bands, from The Smiths to The Stone Roses and Oasis. It stocks a lot of Punk, Reggae, Soul, Rock, Hip Hop, Electro, House and 50′s and 60′s records too, but Manchester’s Vinyl takes pride of place here.
7. Soundwaves Here We Come
Not only do Soundwaves Here We Come sell Vinyl, but it also has an independent record label, Soundwaves HWC. The shop is another Affleck’s Palace treasure and often has new local talent perform live in store.
8. Black Sofa Records
Found a bit further out of the city in Oldham, Black Sofa Records aims to give customers a relaxing shop as they drink coffee on their famous black sofa and listen to records on a Seventies radiogram. The shop is based in Scoots, Suits & Boots and specialises in Soul, Ska, Reggae, Punk, New Wave, Post Punk, Indie, Sixties, Psyche, Prog Rock and Heavy Metal. Another shop to go to for a stress-free browse.
9. Empire Exchange
Selling anything from antiquities to rare books, Empire Exchange pretty much sells everything retro, with Vinyls thrown in of course. Make sure you have a couple of hours to spare though, because you’ll be drawn in by the shop’s charm as soon as you set foot inside.
10. Reel Around The Fountain Records
This record shop can be found in Stretford Mall Market. Offering cheap prices and a wide variety of Vinyl, it’s definitely worth popping in if you’re in the area.