Hull’s HMV will remain open after the stricken music chain was bought by Canadian firm Sunrise Records. The business, which has a store in Whitefriargate, plunged into administration in December, putting jobs in Hull at risk. It was announced earlier today that HMV had been bought, but almost 30 stores would still be axed. The full list has now been revealed, and Hull’s city centre store is safe. Among those to close are Meadowhall’s store in Sheffield, two HMV branches in Manchester, and the chain’s flagship home in Oxford Street. HMV’s new owner, Sunrise’s Doug Putman, said: "We are delighted to acquire the most iconic music and entertainment business in the UK and add nearly 1,500 employees to our growing team. "By catering to music and entertainment lovers, we are incredibly excited about the opportunity to engage customers with a diverse range of physical format content and replicate our success in Canada. "We know the physical media business … [Read more...] about Hull’s HMV saved as chain shuts 27 stores across UK
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By Graham Chalmers A music fan started queuing outside a Harrogate shop at 5.40am on Record Store Day at the weekend.The mystery man was wrapped in a blanket on Saturday morning outside P&C shop, formerly Pomp & Circumstance, in the hope of being first to take advantage of the limited edition vinyl releases on offer.The shop’s owner, Peter Robinson, hailed the annual celebration of independent, local record shops as the single busiest-ever day for his store.Peter said: “Record Store Day is always amazing. The queue just kept on growing. When I arrived with my wife Lise and our daughter Laura at about 7.30am it was some way up the road. “We weren’t due to open until 8am but we gave a free hot drink and croissant served by Lilly’s Cafe to the first 30 people in the queue. The banter was very good-humoured during the wait for us to open.”In total more than 200 people crowded into Peter’s small shop on Commercial Street which also … [Read more...] about Record Store Day: Vinyl mania at P&C in Harrogate
An independent record store ‘turning’ five this year is marking the milestone with the launch of its own music label which will attract and recognise talented Chesterfield artists. Tallbird Records, based on Soresby Street, has become a hub for music fans and musicians in the area since its launch in 2013- and hopes to further its success with the Tallbird record label. Owner Marie Harris says a loyal customer base, personable service and a generous loyalty card scheme is what has kept the indie thriving in a digital age- and she now hopes to give something back by investing in the town’s undiscovered artists. The first artist to sign with the label is Lewis Young, an indie folk musician who makes music under the name My Pleasure. Marie said: “We’re proud of the town and keen to promote artists from Chesterfield and the surrounding area who’d like to advertise under our banner. “We continue to bring great music to Chesterfield in a variety of … [Read more...] about Chesterfield record shop celebrates fifth birthday- and launch of its own music label
PUBLISHED: 17:25 28 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:34 28 September 2018 Nick Richards Andrew Worsdale, owner of Holt Vinyl Vault pictured when he was still also functioning as a Post Office Archant Norfolk 2016 A decade ago record shops were on their last legs but now they’re reappearing on the high street. Nick Richards spoke to author Graham Jones about how we fell in love with vinyl again. A thriving Soundclash in St Benedict's Street, Norwich on Record Store DayOn the first Saturday of the school summer holidays in July 1983 I purchased my first record, paying £1.10 for a copy of The Police’s Wrapped Around Your Finger.As I sat in a café afterwards eating a flapjack and drinking a glass milk mulling over the fact I’d chosen it instead of Depeche Mode’s Everything Counts, I had unwittingly made my first purchase from an independent record shop. I was off and running at the age of eight.It came from Andy’s Records in … [Read more...] about Vinyl’s resurrection: Why record shops are returning to East Anglia
Northern Ireland has marked 589 days without a fully functioning, elected government, surpassing Belgium’s record. Protestors using the hashtag #WeDeserveBetter have demanded restoration of the power-sharing executive. How did Northern Ireland get here? The power-sharing executive in Stormont imploded in January 2017 after the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) and Sinn Féin quarrelled over a bungled renewable energy scheme, the Irish language, marriage equality and other issues. Neither side has blinked so the impasse continues, dragging on past the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday agreement in April and now the unhappy record set by Belgium in 2010-11, still without any sign of compromise. Who is running Northern Ireland? The Northern Ireland secretary, Karen Bradley, and civil servants are keeping government departments operational – a far cry from the devolution and power-sharing between nationalists and unionists envisaged in the Good Friday agreement. What is the … [Read more...] about Q&A: What next for Northern Ireland after a record 589 days adrift?