10 Meahouse Brow, Stockport SK1 1JP
Opening Hours:Thursday to Saturday 11.00 - 19.00
All Night Flight Records is located just off the main market place in Stockport which is now home to some new bars, eateries and some really interesting little shops emerging as Stockport tries to reinvent itself from a poorly planned 1970s town centre struggling to compete with what I’ll politely call “changing shopping habits” into a an alternative retail, food&drink and cultural destination. All Night Flight joins SK1 Records as one of the most imaginative and intriguing record shopping destinations in the North and compliments SK1 very well. Both shops are taking advantage of being off the beaten track but easily reached from the city centre by offering something a bit special and a bit more considered and curated than your average Record Shop. The layout of the shop is kind of austere, wooden crates propped up on breeze blocks and minimalist decor. This isn’t a place for wading through bins full of cheap stock, and if you’re looking for the usual Classic rock & pop look elsewhere (you’re well catered for!) but the shop excels in the more experimental, electronic and global side of things. The stock is a mix of 2nd hand spanning the more interesting end of Post Punk, Jazz, Electronics, Dance and some newer hand-picked selections from ANF’s choice of DiY labels and artists. The nearest comparison I can make is the stuff you could find in Rare & Racy in Sheffield (before the wrecking ball saw it off). It’s not long before my pulse is racing and I spy an LP which has long been on my wants list (Camino Del Sol by Antena on Les Disques du Crépuscule if you must know) which main man Tom fetches down for me and kindly recommends another gem of a similar vintage. There’s a listening deck too, which is always welcome so you can needle drop things of interest. The shop hosts live events too so keep an eye their social media and sign up for the newsletter. So if you’re a bit jaded by the usual stuff on offer in Manchester record shops, I’m saying head to Stockport where inspiration awaits!