Record Store Day at Vinyl Revival

Johnny James, Managing Editor

Record Store Day at Vinyl Revival, Manchester 22 April 2023 Entrance is free

Established in 1997, Vinyl Revival is situated in the heart of the Northern Quarter, between Oldham Street and Tib Street. Always keen to blow Manchester’s trumpet, a good percentage of the shop is dedicated to local bands from the ′60s to the present day.

Vinyl Revival is the only record store in Manchester to have its own label, and for many years running they’ve put out their own official Record Store Day release. Their release this year is The Cargo Recordings by The Hoax, a short-lived Manchester punk band featuring Mike Joyce on drums, before he joined The Smiths.

Formed in 1979, The Hoax rehearsed at the now legendary TJM studios along with other Manchester punk bands such as Joy Division, Buzzcocks, The Fall, and Slaughter and The Dog, and recorded their first EP at Cargo Recording Studios in Rochdale – the favourite studio of Manchester’s punk elite.

The Hoax
The Cargo Recordings by The Hoax.


Vinyl Revival’s limited edition (500) red vinyl release for RSD is a compilation of The Hoax’s first three EP’s, all recorded at Cargo. It’s a perfect document of the spirit of the Manchester Punk Scene at the time.

Alongside this, the shop will be stocking around 150 RSD releases, from niche soul seven inches to the big sellers like Taylor Swift, The 1975, Madonna, Sam Fender, Sam Smith, Blur, Bowie, The Cure and U2.

As is tradition, the shop also plans to host a pop up gig by a local artist/band — outside if the weather permits, in store if not.

Speaking with Colin from Vinyl Revival, he told us that his personal top three releases this year are:

  1. The Cargo Recordings – The Hoax
  2. The Music – Mr Benn (“One of my favourite TV programmes when I was knee high to a grasshopper so a must to add to my own collection”).
  3. This Love Starved Heart Of Mine – Marvin Gaye (“seven inch pressing of this Northern Soul floor filler”).

Record Store Day at Vinyl Revival, Manchester 22 April 2023 Entrance is free

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