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The vinyl countdown: Greater Manchester’s best record shops

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Your record collection says a lot about you. Give it some elocution lessons with a haul of new LPs from one of these indie purveyors of excellence.

Completists, collectors and music lovers of all sorts will love our guide to the best record shops in the region. Manchester is a music city and the quality of its independent record shops is all part of that.

The vinyl revival is well and truly here. Track down a post-punk gem or bulk buy techno 12″s. The buzz is in the browse.

  • Piccadilly

    Clampdown Records

    Record Shops

    The shopfront of Clampdown Records must be one of the most recognisable in Manchester, and not just because it’s been featured in numerous TV shows and films. (Most recently, it had a starring role in Russell T Davies’ It’s A Sin). 

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  • Kingbee Records, an independent shop in Chorlton selling vinyl and CDs and specialising in Northern Soul
    Chorlton

    Kingbee Records

    Record Shops

    Kingbee Records is a proper old-school record shop. The custard-yellow storefront is a beacon, drawing in music lovers from all over and owner Les Hare is happy to chat to them all.

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  • Piccadilly Records in Manchester's Northern Quarter
    Northern Quarter

    Piccadilly Records

    Record Shops

    When it comes to music in Manchester this place is the absolute business. Piccadilly Records is the coolest square footage of retail space in the Northern Quarter (and possibly the world).

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  • One of Greater Manchester's best record shops, Reel Around The Fountain in Stretford Mall
    Stretford

    Reel Around The Fountain Records

    Record Shops

    Reel Around The Fountain Records is a vinyl store in Stretford Mall. For an indie record shop, it’s pretty vast. Like a Virgin Megastore without the chart hits. Instead you’ll find all the coolest albums, all the cult underground hits, the rock canon and the alternative classics. It’s one of Marc Riley from BBC 6 Music recommendations and a Confidential Guides top pick too.

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  • Second hand records at Sifters in Fog Lane in Burnage, Manchester
    Burnage

    Sifters

    Record Shops

    Sifters is the legendary record shop immortalised in Shakermaker. Apparently Noel Gallagher used to spend his pocket money here. If so, he’ll have picked up a whole stack of vinyl because there are bargains aplenty to be had at Sifters.

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  • SK1 Records is an independent record shop on Stockport's Little Underbank
    Stockport Town Centre

    SK1 Records

    Record Shops

    SK1 Records is more than just a record shop. It’s an important part of the town’s current buzz and it feels like the heart of Stockport’s music community.

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  • Vinyl Exchange is one of Manchester's most varied record shops with LPs of every genre
    Northern Quarter

    Vinyl Exchange

    Record Shops

    Vinyl Exchange probably has Manchester city centre’s biggest selection of second hand vinyl and certainly the most varied.
    It’s an eclectic collection. This means it sometimes gets crowded on weekends because there’s less space for customers when you dedicate racks to krautrock and contemporary psychedelia as well as all the usual genres.

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  • Wax and Beans is a great place for Bury's record collectors and coffee fans
    Bury

    Wax and Beans

    Record Shops

    Wax and Beans is a vinyl and coffee combo where you can indulge all your passions at once. Affectionately known as Beansies, it’s Bury’s only independent record shop, set in a handsome Grade II listed building right in the middle of town.

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