Dust off those record players, the vinyl revival is here…
Sales of vinyls are at a 25-year high, Record Store Day is a widely anticipated annual event – people of all ages are once again embracing analogue music. Here are the top 5 record stores in the area to satisfy your musical cravings.
1. Boiler Room Records
Not only has Boiler Room Records recently undergone a refurbishment, it has also had a change in ownership. Now proudly in the hands of a father-son duo, Mark and Ren Northey, this record shop is a collector’s dream. The store sells mainly second hand records, including rare and collectable pressings, but also is embellished with various music memorabilia, also available for purchase. The passion, and musical knowledge, of Mark and Ren is evident to all who stop by the store. This, coupled with the consistently friendly and laid back atmosphere, truly makes Boiler Room Records a pleasure to visit.
Address: 27 High Street, Poole, BH15 1AB, 01202 660618
2. Comix Books, Posters & DVDs
Simply walking into Comix is an experience of its own. The piles of records, CDs, and books have often towered over even the tallest shoppers, and almost all the countless memorabilia adorning the walls and shelves are available for purchase. The nook designated for largely original music and movie posters really cements this shop as a collector’s paradise. Perhaps most impressive, however, is the almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the owner about a wide range of media and music. Be ready to spend hours, maybe even the whole day, in here.
Address: 11 Queens Road, Westbourne, BH2 6BA, 01202 768706
3. The Vault
Boasting shops in not just one, but two locations in the area – Christchurch and Bournemouth town centre – The Vault, established in 2014, has quickly become a firm favourite amongst locals. Although there are some sections of second-hand records, The Vault has made its name by selling the widest genre range of new records in Dorset. Want the hottest new reggae record? The Vault has it – and more. The immense variety of records available, coupled with the easily accessible browsing and always friendly staff, really does make The Vault one of the most enjoyable shops to be in.
Bournemouth Address: 88 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1LR, 01202 559511; Christchurch Address: 1 Castle Street, Christchurch, BH23 1DP, 01202 482134
4. Square Records
Trading since 1974, Square Records has always proudly been a family-run independent store. In 2018, the Angel family, who already owns Gulliver’s Bookshop and Westbourne Bookshop, welcomed Square Records into their handful of indie businesses in the area. This store stocks records and CDs of every genre, as well as a range of music-themed books, and the fact that they deal with all major record labels means they are able to order any request into shop. The modern-looking, classy layout of the store, including an eye-catching illustration of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine logo, makes browsing an absolute joy.
Address: 73 High Street, Wimborne, BH21 1HS, 01202 883203
5. Rose Red Records
Selling more than just vinyls, Rose Red Records is a well-established store in Boscombe. The range of records available is massive. New, second-hand, and rare titles are all to be found here, neatly organised into an ample 45 sections, making finding what you want an absolute breeze. Complementing this extensive range, Rose Red Records also sells turntables and provides an in-store record cleaning service, giving even your most loved records that extra bit of TLC. You will not be disappointed when visiting this store.