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 pilgrimage you’ll doubtless pass the iconic Afflecks Palace, epicentre of Manchester alternative culture for decades. This was the former Affleck & Brown 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 tattooed, 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. Thankfully VRP has expanded twice and is now just across the floor in a huge space with it’s own front door and much more room to browse the expanded and impressive range of records. Make no mistake, this is now a fully fledged Record Shop to rival any in the City Centre. You’ll find the 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. This is a real diggers paradise, it’s almost all 2nd hand stuff Al has sourced rather than reissues. There is plenty of classic rock of course but also plenty of Indie, Dance, Hip Hop, Soul, Funk, Folk, Prog, Reggae, Soundtracks and loads of bargain finds for those of you who like to go deep into the crates. There’s a very good CD selection too as well as books. 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. 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!