Sad news, sorry to to report that after 33 years Vibes Records in Bury has closed down.
This is where most of my pocket money went in the late 80s. I shall fondly remember browsing the new releases rack and the legendary 99p box, and rushing in to get the new Happy Mondays or New Order 12″. I’ve still got ’em!
The notice on their website reads:
“It is with great regret that vibes recods has had to close it’s doors after 33 years of trading. This has been a very difficult decision and has been brought on by extreme financial difficulties and restrictions which have made it impossible to continue. We would like to thank all our regular customers for the continued support in these difficult times, especially those who have supported independent music stores for all of the 33 years of our trading. Many of you would of noticed over the last 12 months how difficult it has been for us to compete in a shrinking yet more competitive market and buying restrictions and continually rising rates have compounded in it becoming impossible to carry on. Please support other independent record stores and use them because if you don’t you will lose them all!
It’s been a great journey, we only wish it could of continued, thank you for all your support. Gordon, Paul Vibes Records”
Good luck chaps and I’m sure the folk in Bury will miss having their own independent record store.
Here’s a pic of Vibes in happier times, rammed to the rafters at an in-store gig. Our page on Vibes is still there if you want to read and see some more pics.