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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Our Favourite Record Shops – by Polly Bloodworth

"There’s nothing as glamorous to me as a record store.” – Paul McCartney

Whether you’re looking for that limited edition record you just can’t live without or just need an excuse to go and visit your local record shop, Sheffield has all your vinyl needs covered this Record Store Day. Special releases for 2019 include records from The Mighty Boosh, Prefab Sprout, X-Ray Spex, Bob Dylan, Twin Peak season two, Elastica, and tons, tons more.

Read on for details of what to expect on the day from Sheffield's record shops. Happy shopping, and don’t forget to get to the stores early if you’re serious about getting your hands on that prized piece of wax.

Tonearm Vinyl

Bear Tree Records

Bear Tree Records
Bear Tree records will be hosting a blind bag sale to raise money for Light Sheffield, which supports the emotional wellbeing and mental health of mums and their families during pregnancy, birth and afterwards. Customers will pay for a lucky dip with items up for grabs including drumsticks signed by the Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders, records signed by The National, Drenge, Sleaford Mods, Blood Red Shoes, a Thom Yorke Suspiria print, O2 Academy gig tickets, and tons more. They also have a massive list of RSD stock, check their website for more details.

Record Collector
Sheffield institution and national haven for vinyl addicts Record Collector will open at 8am and focus purely on providing a massive amount of excellent stock for their customers this Record Store Day. As Sheffield’s oldest and most famous record store, expect long queues and be prepared to get there early if you want to guarantee getting hold of any special RSD releases you're looking for. Keep an eye on their Twitter for updates.

Spinning Discs
There's a real neighbourhood spirit to Spinning Disc's Record Store Day plans. Their neighbours Create will be serving a coffee and cookie deal for £2.50 – which, if the queue stretches outside, you might particularly appreciate! As well as stocking a bunch of RSD exclusives, the shop will have an open deck where anyone can spin some tunes and a quiz for queuers with a £25 Hop Hideout voucher up for grabs. Once doors close, the action moves over to The Tramshed where Spinning Discs staff will play an eclectic DJ set. See details.

Record Junkee
Record Junkee will be open from 8am, serving hot drinks all day, and alcohol from 12pm onwards so you can browse the racks with a beer in hand. On top of a huge number of special RSD 2019 releases, they’ll have afternoon sessions from Bang Bang Romeo (1pm) and Black Waters (3pm). See details.

Record Collector

Spinning Discs

Tonearm Vinyl
Tonearm won't be stocking any official Record Store Day releases but they’ll still be celebrating the day with in-store DJ sets. It's a good opportunity to check out their new, second outlet at Kelham Arcade at 92 Burton Rd too.

Boo Wax
Downstairs in Syd and Mallory's, Boo Wax is celebrating its first birthday this Record Store Day (happy birthday!). They'll be throwing their first day-time party with UK Mondo Radio. While they won't be selling any RSD releases, they will have their usual excellent mix of house, techno, electronica, jungle, drum and bass, dubstep, funk, disco and more. See details.

The Bath Hotel
The Bath's hosting a grand day of fun, with a pop-up record shop in the snug and a 7"-only set from DJ Mo Dettes, focussing on female vocals in the worlds of post punk, riot grrrl, synth, new wave and 90s alt. Stick around in the evening, when Poppers Revival and Yo Dynamo will play live sets, all accompanied by the pub's always great lineup of beers. See details.

Hallamshire House
The Walkley pub is getting in on the action from midday, with a popup shop from Black Beacon Sound, and live ambient and folkronica music. See details.

Bungalows and Bears
Take some time out from all the shopping with Lionel Vinyl, Holy H. and William Vinyl, who'll be spinning some of their favourite albums and singles on the fantastic black plastic, 3-8pm. See details.

Showroom Cinema
After a day of digging through crates at your favourite indie record stores, head to the Showroom for a screening of the brand new music doc Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me. There'll be classic soul, funk and disco on vinyl in the bar with DJ Dan Gerous from 7pm, before the film starts at 8pm.

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