Record Store Day came into being in 2007 when over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their unique culture. The UK followed suit and 2015 will see the eighth celebration of the UK’s unique independent sector. This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ’s, in store quizzes and many other events.
In honour of Record Store Day 2015 we bring you three awesome Leeds record stores…
[Image courtesy of Crash Records]
Crash Records has been a part of the Leeds music scene since opening its first shop on Woodhouse Lane in 1985. Two years later Crash moved to 35 The Headrow, where it has remained ever since as a leading independent record store.
Crash carry a broad range of CDs, and vinyl (7”/12” singles and LPs) and specialise in indie, alternative, rock, punk, metal plus a few other genres. If there is something not in stock, the store can usually order it from one of the many record labels and suppliers that they deal with.
As well as CDs and vinyl, Crash also stock a range of official merchandise (t shirts etc) supplied by Masons Music.
As a ticket agent for all the major venues in the area including Leeds Festival, Crash Records receive allocations for a wide variety of gigs and events. Tickets can be purchased over the counter in store or on the website. Crash also have a long-term association with Cavendish Travel and sell ticket and travel packages to gigs in Manchester and Sheffield.
For more about Record Store Day 2015 at Crash Records click here
[Image courtesy of Jumbo Records]
Established in September 1971, Jumbo Records has been trading for over 30 years.
Jumbo is a major independent records store based in Leeds, with friendly knowledgeable staff and the most diverse music selection you will find in Yorkshire. Every week they introduce new releases and re-issues across all genres of music, as well as maintaining a deep and varied back catalogue.
Jumbo stocks an impressive and diverse range of music (vinyl and CDs), concert and gig tickets, t-shirts, magazines and fanzines. The shop is also often host to in-store signings and intimate gigs.
For more about World Record Day 2015 at Jumbo Records visit their Facebook page
[Image courtesy of Norman Records]
Norman Records was born in 1995 when founder Phil set up the business in the attic of his terraced house in the Hyde Park area of Leeds. Initially selling via ads in Record Collector magazine, by 1997 Phil was employing extra members of staff to deal with the volume of parcels that were being carted off to the local post office.
Today- although not a store in the conventional sense (far from it) customers can not only walk in and buy but ’click and collect’ ofter ordering online. A bit like an Argos for vinyl lovers.
Norman Records are proud to have been trading for 20 years and proud that the same ideals they started out with are still in place today. And as long as you lovely folk keep buying records, they’ll keep selling and reviewing them.
Find out more about Record Store Day at Norman Records here