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Vinyl music: Record Store Day 2017 in Kent

By Angela Cole

It’s nostalgia and great music that are in the mix this weekend to mark Record Store Day.

The resurgence of vinyl nationally has been reflected across the county with record shops springing up, second hand shops giving over growing sections to records and regular record sales being staged.

The music industry made £2.4m from vinyl sales in one week in the run up to last Christmas, compared to £2.1m for downloads, according to the Entertainment Retailers Association.

In Kent, towns touched by the revolution, include Tunbridge Wells, where Vinyl Revolution opened last year, Cliftonville where Transmission records opened a year ago and Ashford where father and daughter Vincent and Tahlula Monticelli opened the Record Store in Park Mall, which is taking part in Record Store Day.

Vinyl has seen a resurgence
Vinyl has seen a resurgence

Nick Pygott, Dover Castle’s former commercial manager, opened Vinylstore Jr in Castle Street, Canterbury.

“There is something quite evocative about being in a record shop,” he said.

“There is something satisfying about flicking through racks of records. A lot of people come in because they like the atmosphere.”

This weekend, among the Record Store Day events will be the regular record and CD fair at the Astor Theatre in Deal.

Nick Pygott in his record shop in Castle Street, Canterbury
Nick Pygott in his record shop in Castle Street, Canterbury

The fair, featuring music and memorabilia from days gone by up to the present day will be packed with retailers from across east Kent.

It is on Sunday, April 23, between 9.30am and 3.30pm with free entry.

The next event will be on Sunday, June 25.

More info on Record Store Day here

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