Where to buy vinyl in Hackney

Record shops are popping up all over the borough to satisfy our seemingly insatiable love of vinyl

THINGS have come full circle, if you’ll excuse the pun, for record sales. Not long ago, vinyl was deemed to be a thing of the past. Now, with sales accounting for an astonishing £20million of the music industry’s revenues, shops devoted to vinyl are popping up all over Hackney.

Mark Farhall, founder of Hackney Record Fair, said: “The idea was to create a place were vinyl lovers like myself could hunt for rare records, discover new independent labels, the local DIY music, and buy some quality vintage hi-fi.”

The market will be held every two months at Epic events hall in Dalston, with the next event set to take place on 5 June. Entry is free, and if you fancy dusting off your own collection, a 7ft table from which to sell your records, will only set you back £30.

With DJs, a bakery and craft beer onsite too, it will be, as Farhall says, 'a paradise for all lovers of vinyl and hi fi.' And it appears that these lovers are great in number. In 2013, 780,000 vinyl records were sold in the UK. Estimates for the number sold last year hover around 1.2million.

In 2014, four new record shops opened in East London: Sister Ray Records and Love Vinyl, both in Shoreditch; Flashback Records in Bethnal Green; and Pictogramme on Lauriston Road, Victoria Park.

Now, Hackney even boasts a floating record shop, cruising the canals of the borough in the form of the Record Deck – a narrowboat that will be moored at the Crate Brewery in Hackney Wick, on 16 and 17 April. Now that’s something we can get on board with.