An annual event, Record Store Day was born in 2007 to celebrate the independent record stores keeping the vinyl spirit alive. It encourages new and old releases, special editions and loads of bricks-and-mortar buzz.
So, where do we go to get our hands on prized vinyl of our own? From amateur to avid, we’ve curated a list of record stores that are worth a gander.
Revolve Records and Relics, Erskineville
Revolve Records stocks a mixed bag of second-hand vinyl records, among other relics. It opened in 1991 in Hornsby and now operates out of Erskineville. It’s a labour of love for Jon Orden and Trish Girot. With welcoming vibes, Revolve is fit for fans and fanatics alike. Score yourself a vinyl from nearly all genres and chat to the staff about almost anything.
3/65 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville
Listen Up, Darlinghurst
Established in 1994, Listen Up Darlinghurst has earned a reputation among the inner-city crowds. Though modest in size, Listen Up is all about a quality selection. With a top range of vinyl covering rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and electronica, Listen Up is for the dedicated.
391 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst
Redeye Records, CBD
If you’re looking for sheer volume, Redeye Records has you covered. But even with a massive range of new and used vinyl, Redeye Records manages to hold onto that relaxed old-school ambiance of the glory days. With super friendly and helpful staff, Redeye invites new and diehard vinyl collectors.
143 York Street, Sydney
Classic Hifi, Newtown
Classic Hifi is a specialist record store, sourcing rare and original release albums, with more than 1000 LPs in stock. If you’re looking for your own vinyl set-up, this is a must –Classic Hifi offers all the vinyl equipment you need and can hook you up with turntables, speakers and amps.
550 King Street, Newtown
Mojo Record Bar, CBD
A local’s favourite, Mojo earned its stripes celebrating during the glory days and creating a social setting. Part bar, part vinyl store, Mojo Record Bar has good vibes, welcoming all types of music fans. Offering a stellar collection of rock, blues, funk, psychedelic and more, have a beer and peruse.
73 York Street, Sydney