Off the record: York
York’s record store scene is done with passion and expertise from record vendors across the city.
This is one of the predominant reasons for the thriving vinyl scene within the Roman City. York additionally boasts one of the biggest and best record fairs in the UK with an abundance of crates and an eclectic amount of genres right across the music spectrum.
For those lost rarities or extensive hunts for your favourite records, York should be top of your priority to tick off your wanted list of LPs.
FortyFive Vinyl Cafe - 29 Micklegate, YO1 6JHVisit website
FortyFive Vinyl Cafe does exactly what it says on the tin and it does both perfectly, coffee and vinyl, what's not to love? Music lovers Dan and Dom have amalgamated their two passions to create a friendly relaxed environment which is accessible to all passionate music aficionados. Their shelves are regularly updated with hundreds of new and used records to flick through with an emphasis on alternative rock and jazz. This bustling social hub offers brilliant live music sessions so there’s plenty to get yourself immersed in at FortyFive.
Earworm Records - 1 Powells Yard, YO1 7LSVisit website
Earworm Records has a massive emphasis on the customers that walk through their shop and keep its community at the heart of the business. They stock the essentials which would fit perfectly in any vinyl collection with the opportunity to spin the wax on their deck before committing yourself to the purchase. Owners Paul and Rich have extensive knowledge of their stock and are always happy to offer friendly advice to customers. The store prides itself on quality over quantity and has been providing York with the best choice of vinyl it can source since 2013.
Vinyl Eddie - 86 Tadcaster Rd, YO24 1LRVisit website
Vinyl Eddie has an eclectic mix of LPs with over 25,000 records in stock spanning right across the musical spectrum. If you’ve had that one LP you’ve been craving, it is for certain going to be through its doors. Owners John and Eddie are known for their passion for vinyl and will do a great job at helping you find that one lost rarity you’ve been desperately searching for. This well-loved store is travelled to from afar for vinyl enthusiasts to get stuck into their vast catalogue and wide range of classic tunes
Pitch 22 Records Books Art - 22 Fishergate, YO10 4AB
Pitch 22 is the prime example of York’s distinctive charm. The small shop has a massive inventory as they stock a comprehensive mix of records alongside books, ephemera and art. Their selection is ever-changing to ensure that each visit to this quaint shop is unique as the last. They specialise in second-hand vinyl records from a diverse range of genres, with regular exhibitions of art on the walls which is not one to miss out on.