With vinyl now officially outselling CDs for the first time since 1986, those glossy black discs, once on the brink of obsolescence, are enjoying an unprecedented second life. So are independent record stores. A whole new wave of music fans now look forward to weekends spent thumbing through records, eyeing cover art in its full glory, and potentially stumbling across rare treasures.
Manchester, it just so happens, has some of the best record stores in the country. From electronic haven Eastern Bloc to eclectic treasure trove Vinyl Exchange to bastion of alternative music, Piccadilly Records, the city is home to some truly special independent retailers. Here are some of our favourites.