A new vinyl record shop has opened in Peterborough this week. Marrs Plectrum Records, situated on Fulbridge Road in Walton, claims to be the smallest record shop in the UK.
The shop, which is situated in its owner Matthew Hawton’s garden, stocks several thousand seven-inches, 12-inches and LPs across all genres and years. Hawton, who said that the rise in vinyl sales had made it an exciting time for record collectors, wants his new store to cater to all tastes.
“For many of us, vinyl has never been away but its popularity is certainly on the rise,” he said. “So far this year 844,122 vinyl albums have been sold compared to 829,243 for the whole of 2013. It’s an exciting time for record collectors.”
“I think that it’s important that we satisfy all tastes. It’s not just about the records that your mum and dad played. New and relevant bands are all releasing their music on vinyl again. It’s at the point where the pressing plants can’t keep up with demand. That’s why we’re mixing new releases with the classics and collectables.”
Although vinyl accounts for only three per cent of physical album sales, vinyl sales are set to surpass the one million mark by the end of this year, recent figures from the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) revealed. Arctic Monkeys’ ‘AM’ is the biggest-selling vinyl album so far this year, ahead of Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’ and the reissue of Oasis’ 1994 debut ‘Definitely Maybe’.
“This is an extraordinary turnaround,” said ERA Director General Kim Beyley. “Independent retailers were first to identify the untapped potential for vinyl and made it the focus of Record Store Day. With record labels now making more vinyl available, this trend shows no sign of abating.”
“Many people believe in that beautiful, warm analogue sound that vinyl has,” Hawton said. “The little ritual you go through dusting the record, dropping the needle, examining the incredible artwork. Digital just doesn’t compete. More than that though, playing a vinyl record becomes the thing you do. It’s just you and the music. It’s so easy to get distracted by other things these days. Nothing beats it.”