We take a look around some of the city’s finest record stores.
The opportunity to discover new music in one niche little place is something we can all take for granted – especially in a world filled with downloads and all things digital technology. Given that, there’s nothing more satisfying than a record store binge. The simple pleasure of adding a new record to your music collection is a little like adding to your own story; every record can impact you in one way or another and is yours to show off to your fellow music enthusiasts for years to come.
As today is Record Store Day, we feel it’s the perfect time to appreciate the wonderful world of records which bring artists, fans and record store owners together all over the world. The day, which is traditionally held on the third Saturday of April every year since 2008, has become so popular it now takes place on every continent apart from Antarctica, although saying that, the penguins will start spinning a few themselves at this rate.
So whether you’re already a keen collector of vinyl or if you’ve ever felt intrigued enough to start your own collection, Hull is a fantastic place to start. The city boasts an incredible range of record shops which offer a huge selection of vinyl all year round and are becoming even more popular by the day.
Cruise down to these locations to get your fill of all things vinyl.
Name: Spin It Records
Where: Trinity Market
Spin It records, camped inside Hull’s Trinity Market specialises in old school vinyl which any die hard record collector will go crazy for. The store hold a huge stock of over 15,000 LPs and 7,000 singles with a great selection of memorabilia. Whether it’s a Tom Waits programme, a Beatles stamp from 1964 or a Kate Bush fan club mag, there’s a little something here for any music junky.
Store owner Steve Mathie tells us the store has been running for over twenty years with a range of customers who travel from all around the world, including as far afield as China and Australia. One customer regularly bobs across the water from Holland via ferry to get their hands on this fab collection. Steve feels proud to be situated in a city that’s ‘on its way up’ – and the people play an important part in that.
Tel: 01482 320145
Name: Disc Discovery
Location: Spring Bank
Disc Discovery are all over it with format. These guys sell vintage vinyls but also stock videos, DVDs and cassette tapes. Their huge catalogue system makes it enjoyable to search and discover music new and old and their staff are happy to help with any specific requests
If you’re into your vinyl you need to get down here. You might cry though, it’s that good.
Tel: 01482 217469
Name: Sound System Records
Location: Bowlalley Lane
Sound System stock every genre of music you can possibly think of. With genres including Funk, R&B, Jazz and Drum & Bass the selection is endless and incredibly affordable. These guys specialise in club orientated music which currently boasts a fab reggae collection. But if there’s a record you’re dying for, the store will track it down from their wide range of distributors and even have a private listening station where you can chill, have a brew and preview each recording before you buy. Not bad ey? Early buyers get their coffee for free and that’s certainly an offer you can’t refuse.
Since the shop opened 12 months ago, Manager John Peters has already seen the benefits of opening his store in Hull. These guys are already doing pretty well and with visitors who travel right across the UK and distribute all over the world they’ve got to be doing something right.
If you happen to be a band looking for somewhere to stock your recordings or band merch, be sure to give these guys a buzz. However, if you’re looking for Now 63 on vinyl you may have to search elsewhere.
Tel: 07989 699887
Name: Hull Record Fair
Hull Record Fair is now in its sixth year and has a great reputation amongst dealers and public alike, attracting up to 300 people through its doors. Previously at the Mercure Royal Hotel and now at Früit, take a trip into vinyl heaven in this friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
People of all ages and musical tastes can drop by, with some visitors travelling from as far away as Japan and Russia. Gary Marks runs the fair; he first became obsessed with vinyl at the age of 14 with his Frank Zappa vinyl bought in 1978 – Hot Rats. In Gary’s words, “you can never second guess people”. He once had an enthusiastic young customer who “desperately wanted a record by The Wombles”. Of course, a dealer was soon able to find one amongst his vast collection.
Admission is free, so no excuses.