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
If you’re on a Northern Quarter Vinyl pilgramage you’ll doubtless pass the iconic Afflecks Palace, epicentre of Manchester alternative culture. This was a former department store repurposed in the early 80s as an indoor marketplace of vintage clothes, head shops, skateboards and places to get yourself tatooed, pierced, hair-extended or whatever else floats your boat. There are also places to buy music and a recent addition is the, cheekily titled, Vinyl Resting Place.
Main man Alistair is right on our wavelength when he says: “We want to be on the cusp of the new wave of record shops opening rather than the doom and gloom of hearing about long-established places unfortunately biting the dust. I’ve noticed over the years, as a keen record collector, quite a few shops that refuse to adapt with the times, with either crammed or sparse racks stagnating under layers of dust. Sometimes after chatting to some of the owners, it’s clear they’ve become disillusioned and therefore give up for good, sadly, but with a new generation of kids actually appreciating records I’m hoping it’s a good time to open and show there is life in the format (The longest lingering death of anything known to man!). 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!”
There is a whole load of music crammed into a relatively small space. At busier times you’ll need to politely squeeze past fellow music lovers, or get down on the floor to access the crates but it’s worth it as there’s a great selection of stuff packed into this corner of Afflecks.
Alistair says “I’ve stuff for the keen beginner or the seasoned connoisseur. There’s a couple of bargain boxes too, but stock range will expand in time. My enclave is situated on the 3rd floor, right next to the cafe, 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!