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25 Rad Record Shops Across The UK

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4. Reckless Records - Soho, London

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Reckless Records is an indie record shop nestled in a very cultured area of London. It started in 1984, and was the first record shop in Berwick Street. There is another location in Chicago, Illinois that was opened in 1989, and still going strong!

5. Record Collector - Sheffield

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Sheffield is home of the Arctic Monkeys, so of course they have a super cool record shop in their hometown. This record shop opened in 1978, and throughout the ups and downs of the music industry, has remained in business.

9. Union Music Store - Lewes

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This music store is for fans of folk, country, and Americana genre! The owners, Stevie and Jamie Freeman, host gigs regularly, work with a local youth charity (Starfish Youth Music) to support newbie musicians, and run their own record label. Mumford & Sons loved Union Music Store so much that they held a festival in Lewes!

10. Canterbury Rock - Canterbury

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This record shop has been in business since the late 1970s! It is one of the only record shops that still remains in the quaint city. It's a great place to rummage for a rarity! The owner, Jim, is a very nice bloke, too!

13. The Record Deck - Location Varies

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If you were wondering why the location varies, it's because this awesome record shop is actually a boat that floats around London. The shop opens on rain-free weekends, and at festivals and events on the UK canals and rivers. Follow The Record Deck UK on their Facebook page for updates and frequent events!

14. Eastern Bloc - Manchester

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Eastern Bloc record shop is a hipsters paradise and includes not just vinyl, but: hand-roasted coffee, free wi-fi, homemade cakes and a full-range menu of food, tickets, and special events. They have even hosted in-store signings with The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. E Bloc has always been cutting edge in the music scene, and specialises in drum & bass, jungle, dubstep, house, electronica and techno.

18. Pop Recs Ltd. - Sunderland

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This is the hip place to go in Sunderland if you love music, coffee, art, or supporting small, indie businesses! Pop Recs sells vinyl, coffee, and local artists paintings, drawings, and sculptures. They also have had gigs, including: James Bay, Maximo Park, Badly Drawn Boy, and Edwyn Collins.

19. Clampdown - Manchester

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Clampdown records has that old-school charm, despite only being in it's current location since 2004. There's plenty of choice in the genres of soul to electro-funk and jazz, but Clampdown is especially known for their rock-heavy selection.

20. Probe Records - Liverpool

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Probe Records is great for indie-enthusiasts, because you are more likely to find vinyl that you would struggle to in a mainstream shop! Probe opened their doors for business over 40 years ago in 1971! It's situated in one of Liverpool's most historic buildings, The Bluecoat.

21. Soundclash - Norwich

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Soundclash is 25 years old, established in 1991. Soundclash is one of Britain's smallest record shops, but still voted one of the best by The Guardian in 2007. They offer a unique shopping experience by allowing customers to listen to their vinyl or CDs before purchasing.

22. Jumbo - Leeds

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Jumbo Records was discovered by Hunter Smith in 1971. He created the name and logo based off the successful DJ and disco business he was involved with called Jumbo Mobile Discotheque. Today, it accommodates a multitude of different musical tastes with a huge range of genres.

23. Sister Ray Records - London

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In case you were curious how the owner came up with the name, "Sister Ray" is a song by the Velvet Underground on their 1968 avant-garde rock album. Sister Ray has a very broad spectrum of vinyl. Not to mention, if you look really closely, this record shop is pictured on the cover of Oasis's "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?" album.

24. Monorail Music - Glasgow

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Monorail Music was established in 2002 by the Stephen McRobbie, (the lead singer of the Pastels), inside a friend's vegan pub called "Mono." Even though a vegan pub and vinyl shop are vastly different, they sometimes collaborate on things, and overall it makes for a unique atmosphere!

25. The Book and Record Bar - London

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Last but certainly not least, is the swanky book and record bar discovered in 2013. Besides selling vinyl, it also has secondhand books, freshly made coffee, live music, DJ nights, and open deck nights to play your own vinyl! So what are you waiting for?!

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