Exclusive: Tim Burgess names a selection of his favourite UK record shops
With the surge in vinyl sales continuing to rise, there’s a whole host of record shops across the country that have been through the highs and lows of the industry. Tim Burgess, a self-confessed lover of vinyl records, has detailed some of his favourite locations in an interview with Far Out Magazine.
Burgess, who once wrote the book poetically titled book Tim Book Two, detailed his vinyl adventures and details his lifelong passion for vinyl and the shops that sell them.
Speaking to Far Out exclusively, Burgess described the book as being “about friends of mine, some who were quite well known, and Ian Rankin was one of them, where they set me a challenge in the book where I had to find a record, in a record shop which was the idea behind it.”
So we thought why not ask the Vinyl King himself about some of his favourite British record shops that he’s stumbled across on his travels and here is his top five.
Resident Music, Brighton
28 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AL.
Resident has been in the heart of Brighton’s music lovers since opening in 2004 by husband and wife duo Derry Watkins and Natasha Youngs. The pair, who originally met stacking CD’s at Virgin Our Price, have seen their shop doubled in size in 2015 and is one of the UK’s must-visit vinyl stores.
Piccadilly Records, ManchesterL
53 Oldham St, Manchester, M1 1JR.
Legendary Manchester record store Piccadilly Records shot to the scene into the 80s and has been an important part of the City’s culture ever since.
Having opened in 1978 and prospered in the post-punk 80s, Piccadilly triumphed the alternative music scene of the time. In 1990 the current management took over Piccadilly Records and continued to build upon its reputation as one of the world’s best independent record shops.
Rough Trade East, London
Old Truman Brewery 91, Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL.
Rough Trade East, a shoot-off from the legendary label that spawned bands such as The Libertines and situated on the famous streets of Brick Lane. Having originally been born out of West London and triumphing punk, you’ll find it easy lose hours browsing at the variety of records on offer in this mecca for Indie fans.
Rough Trade, Nottingham
5 Broad Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AJ.
Since opening its doors in Lace Market in 2014, Rough Trade Nottingham has quickly established itself as one of Britain’s go-to record stores, it also regularly hosts gigs on the first floor bringing a new lease of life to Notts’ music scene.
Soundclash Records, Norwich
28 St Benedicts Street, Norwich, NR2 4AQ.
Norwich’s Soundclash is a true independent record store that has been going strong since February 1991, it is one of the very few left in East Anglia and was named as one of Britain’s best small shops by The Guardian back in 2007.