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The Vinyl Lover’s Guide to Leeds

Jumbo Records in Leeds' The Merrion Centre
Image © Jumbo Records via Facebook

Celebrate the vinyl revival whilst also supporting small, independent businesses. With record shops to vinyl spinning bars and club nights, check out our vinyl lover's guide to Leeds.

Jumbo Records
Established in 1971, Jumbo Records is a staple part of Leeds’ music history. Hopping between the Queens Arcade, the Merrion centre, and the St Johns Centre, Jumbo has established itself as a vital cog in the independent music scene in Leeds. Selling not only records but also magazines, accessories and local gig tickets, it’s your one-stop shop for Record Store Day. Their shop prides itself in being all about inclusivity, meaning they make an effort to stock as many genres as possible – not just indie and rock – in both CD and Vinyl. Like last year, they’re putting on a few rather special bands both in-store and over the road at The Social during RSD. There are also rumours of a special beer, a new totebag, and various other surprises. The shop is deeply personal, being only staffed by true music fans that are no doubt prepared for a busy day of vinyl trading and talking about music they love. 


Image credit: Jumbo Records via Facebook 

Crash Records
Crash Records kicked off on Woodhouse Lane in 1985, and after moving in 1987 they have resided at 35 The Headrow ever since. With the landscape of the city changing around them, including seeing venue Headrow House pop up just down the road, Crash has remained a strong presence for music in Leeds for over 30 years. Their walls are lined with a range of band t-shirts, vinyl (obviously), posters and patches. They hold in-store events in their shop basement and at Headrow House, as well as album signing events for those extra special records. On RSD Crash often see people queuing from very early in the morning, so to bag your perfect RSD haul then get down early. 


Image credit: Crash Records via Facebook 

Wah Wah Records
A stone’s throw (well, a 12-minute train journey) away from Leeds is the wonderful little city of Wakefield, and a nugget of vinyl resurgence exists here in Wah Wah Records. Opened only in 2014, it’s a much newer kid on the block, however, it is just as passionate about the West Yorkshire music scene. In contrast to Jumbo and Crash, Wah Wah sells a mixture of used and new vinyl, offering you pre-loved records as well as brand new. They also sell CDs and cassettes. Wakefield, of course, has a much smaller footfall than Leeds, so feel free to show a bit of extra love Wah Wah this RSD.


Image credit: Wah Wah Records via Facebook 

The Hifi Club
Not a record store, but The Hifi Club is flying the flag for vinyl resurgence with its weekly club nights, MoveOnUp. Every Wednesday night this central Leeds bar becomes a hotbed of funk, soul, and disco, with DJs spinning records for a true retro experience. Sixties soul until 3am, this midweek treat is worth the Thursday hangover for. If you’re in Leeds for RSD 2019 then be sure to extend your trip a few days and stay for this. 


Image credit: Hifi Club Leeds via Facebook 

Wax Bar and Juke Joint
Better known as just Wax Bar, this narrow vintage bar at the top of town is an important stop-off point for any music fan. It’s purely retro, equipped with boombox shelving and cassette tape wall art. The bar is devoted to playing only records, with albums at the end of the bar free for you to flip through and ask the DJ to play, as well as a genuine 1970s 45 singles jukebox (that’s free to use). Whilst the bar is small, and seating is difficult to come by, the bar stocks beautiful seasonal cocktails and boasts good old-fashioned friendly service. Incidentally, Wax Bar lies conveniently between Crash Records and Jumbo, so be sure to bob in for a drink on your Record Store Day out. 


Image credit: Wax Bar Leeds via Facebook 
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