Your friendly neighbourhood record shop has been in for quite a battering these past few years. First the click-and-buy likes of Amazon came along, then file-sharing, and now streaming sites are chipping away further at their market share. But we reckon there’s just nothing that compares to holding the actual vinyl or plastic in your hot little hands. There’s also no beating a chat with an expert music shop employee, whose recommendations can pleasantly surprise you. Yet Manchester’s Northern Quarter, a kind of Valhalla for musos, has been quietly shedding record shops in recent years as they increasingly move online. Farewell, Fat City. We miss you, Vox Pop. Sayonara, Big Pink. Here are five of our favourites, and if you don’t want them to vanish too, go buy something.
Manchester Record Shops