Record Shops in Leeds

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor

Leeds is a city with a fiercely passionate crowd of music lovers. It’s only fitting, therefore, that its record shops are well stocked, well educated and well up for sharing their musical taste with anyone and everyone who walks through the door.

The two long-standing veterans on the scene are Crash and Jumbo. These shops have been through generations of music lovers with fluctuating tastes and evolving fads. Both of them host in-store gigs so be sure to check out which artists are visiting in the near future. They often put on exceptional local acts and occasionally it can be a chance to catch big names in a more intimate setting.

On the cutting edge of electronic music, you can find Tribe Records and Released. The former is a well-recognised name and seen as an authority on club culture. The latter is a recent addition to Leeds, having been born out of the Released record label. The shop first opened as a pop up in the Corn Exchange and has been gaining a following since.

For those who want to spend half a day sifting through shelves and probably more money than intended, Wall Of Sound is a must-visit. This quirky collection is the life project of one devoted individual and a chaotic treasure trove of lesser-seen gems.

Record shops in Leeds are the cultural oasis’ that fuel the sound-systems, clubs and living rooms of a city consumed by music.

Here are our picks

  • 1. Crash Records

    crash Records

    Crash Records, 35 The Headrow,, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS2 8NG - Visit now

    Crash is a yellow beacon of taste, located on Leeds’ central Headrow. With vinyl, tickets and in-store gigs it’s a must visit for indie and rock fans. 

  • 2. Jumbo Records

    Jumbo Records

    Jumbo Records, Street, 1-3 Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8NG - Visit now

    Jumbo Records is Leeds’ number one independent record store, with these large premises occasionally featuring in-store events with a bountiful record collection and coffee. 

  • 3. Released Records Leeds

    Released Records

    Released Records Leeds, Call Ln, Corn Exchange, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS1 7BR - Visit now

    Independent record shop and label bringing an expertly curated selection of vinyl to Leeds Corn Exchange.

  • 4. Wall Of Sound Records Leeds

    Record Shops in Leeds wall of sound
    Elliot Smaje

    Wall Of Sound Records Leeds, 35 The Headrow, Leeds, Yorkshire, LS1 6PU - Visit now

    Wall of Sound is an independent record shop stocking second hand and rare Records, CDs, DVDs, Books and Memorabilia, located in the the heart of Leeds.

  • 5. Tribe Records Leeds

    Tribe Records

    Tribe Records Leeds, 28 Kirkgate, Leeds, LS2 7DR - Visit now

    Tribe Records returns after a 4 year gap with a new store stocking house, techno, electro, reggae, dancehall, disco, world, dnb, bass & beats.

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