Life In Leeds
You love vinyl
Leeds is known for its thriving music scene. Whatever your preferred genre, you’re sure to find a club where you can dance the night away, a gig where you can catch the best new artists, and most excitingly - a record shop where you can browse the catalogues and find your new favourite tune.
We’re lucky to have such a huge array of independent record stores here in Leeds, serving you the best in new music as well as cool classics and everything in between. Take a look at this list to see where you should visit when you arrive in Leeds:
Crash Records / Wall of Sounds Records
Crash is a small but mighty record shop that’s been around for over 30 years and is located on the Headrow in the centre of Leeds. Head inside and you’ll be stepping into a fantastic treasure trove of music. They carry most genres, but indie, alternative, rock, punk and metal is their forte. They serve up new releases, as well as some golden oldies. Don’t fear if there’s something specific you’re looking for and they don’t have it in stock as they can often order it in for you. Another cool thing about Crash is that they’re a ticket agent for Leeds Fest and other major venues in Leeds – so you can rely on them for tickets to the best gigs and events. Pretty cool, right?
Head downstairs from Crash and you’ll stumble upon ANOTHER record wonderland – Wall of Sound.
These guys specialise in retro tunes, which vary from pop to rock to jazz, to classical – and back again! It’s definitely worth having a wander around when you’re next in the city.
Based in the suburb of Armley, Vinyll Fixx sells a multitude of goodies - from Vinyl and LP's, to posters and all types of memorabilia. They’re perfect for a student budget, as they often have tables full of records for just £1 each. Why not head there with your housemates and each choose a random, bargain record to play at your next gathering? It will definitely keep things interesting!
Check out their Facebook page here - https://www.facebook.com/vinylfixxleeds/
This little spot opposite the Grand Theatre in Leeds city centre is pretty cool. It specialises in second hand, vintage and collectors’ records, meaning if you love to boogie to an old-fashioned tune this is the place for you! Relics caters for every genre, with music to suit any taste. They pride themselves on their knowledgeable staff – if you fancy a certain sound but have no idea where to begin, simply give them a shout and they’ll be happy to help you. You may need that help too, as they stock more than 25,000 vinyl gems. They also purchase vinyl if you have any going spare.
Located up in the Merrion Centre, just a stone’s throw away from our Rose Bowl building is Jumbo Records. This place is so much more than just a record store – it’s a legendary hub for the music lovers of Leeds, and it also happens to be the city’s longest running record shop. As well as selling a large array of vinyl (including new releases and old classics), it sells DVDs, CDs and other merch. It also sells tickets for a large array of Leeds’ independent gigs, and hosts record signings with up and coming artists. What’s more – they even have their very own music venue downstairs! The Key Club is a firm student favourite, and hosts many of the city’s best rock and alternative nights.
Noise is for heroes:
Tucked away on arguably one of Leeds’ coolest streets, Great George Street, is Noiseisforheroes. This independent record shop was founded by owner Chris, who has over 16 years’ worth of experience in the industry. As well as a huge array of vinyl (with a focus on punk, as that’s what Chris loves) you can also find other random gems in the shop, for example guitars, record players and skateboard decks. What’s even better is that after a spot of vinyl shopping, you can have a wander down Great George Street for some delicious coffee at the Union Coffee House, or some yummy fresh food at Fettle café.
Doghouse bar / Paula's Record Store:
This one’s an unusual one! Doghouse Bar on Kirkgate is a bar / coffee house / club and record store all rolled into one! Downstairs you can enjoy the cosy surroundings, funky events and excellent craft beer of Doghouse Bar. Escape up to the second floor and you’ll find Paula’s record store. There’s a small but varied selection of records on offer, including plenty of house and local Leeds artists, which is always exciting. On weekends you can often find techno, house and disco DJs taking over the decks in Paula’s, providing a truly unique night out.
Originally founded in 1995, Tribe has been a long-running favourite for Leeds’ music fans. With staff who are known for digging out the perfect record for you (once they understand your taste), be prepared to come away with more than you intended to here! However, with their student-friendly prices, we’re sure you won’t blow the budget too much. Tribe specialises in club music of a variety of genres, and you’ll often see a famous face or two in there from the Leeds club scene, so keep an eye out!
Charity Shops (especially in Headingley)
Not a record shop per se, but definitely one worthy of this list. Headingley is well-known for its well-stocked charity shops. They’re often full of students browsing for fancy dress costumes, second hand text books and other random bits and pieces. However, one thing that they are great for (which isn’t well-known) is vinyl. For example, Su Ryder sells second hand vinyl from just £2. Plus, when you get your records from here you know that you’re contributing towards a great cause. Win, win!