3rd Floor, Afflecks Palace, 52 Church Street, Northern Quarter Manchester M4
Opening Hours:Monday-Friday: 10:30-18:00 Saturday: 10:00-18:00 Bank holidays: 11:00-17:00
** Update! – Vinyl Resting Place has now expanded – still on the 3rd Floor near the previous stall but now with loads more space and loads more records! **
If you’re on a Northern Quarter Vinyl pilgrimage you’ll doubtless pass the iconic Afflecks Palace, epicentre of Manchester alternative culture for decades. This was a former department store re-purposed in the early 80s as an indoor marketplace of vintage clothes, head shops, vintage memorabilia, posters, skateboards and places to get yourself tatooed, pierced and your quiff blow-dried. There are also places to buy music and up on the 3rd floor you’ll find the cheekily named, Vinyl Resting Place.
The shop was previously squeezed into a very small space which, fab as it was, required some delicate manouvering to get past fellow customers – now thankfully VRP has moved just across the floor to a larger space with much more room to browse the very impressive range of stock and there are loads more crates and racks to browse. Make no mistake, this isn’t a little market stall it’s now a fully fledged Record Shop to rival any in the City Centre. You’ll find Main man Alistair at the controls here and his shop reflects his eclectic tastes and lack of musical snobbery so you never know what will turn up, but he’ll happily guide you through the vast range of stuff – the usual collectible classic rock of course but also plenty of Dance, Hip Hop, soul and plenty of bargain finds for the crate diggers. The prices are reasonable too and I don’t think I’ve left the shop without clutching some new finds.
Alistair is right on our wavelength when he says: “It’s a huge passion of mine and undoubtedly many others and I want to prolong that satisfaction of browsing through racks, finding inevitably a pile of records that people don’t know they want yet, and keep them coming back for more of ‘that’ fix!..I’ve stuff for the keen beginner or the seasoned connoisseur and there’s some bargain boxes too, My enclave is situated on the 3rd floor, come and pop in for a chat and a dig, I’d like to think that I am approachable without any of that usual record shop pretense.”
Well, you heard the man! Get yerself up there and have a dig and tell him we sent you!