When it comes to music, there are few cities in the North, or for the whole of England for that matter, that can match the output from the seven hills of Sheffield. The City of Steel has produced some unreal artists over the past couple of decades. Obviously, there’s Arctic Monkeys, one of Britain’s biggest exports in the 21st Century, but you also have huge names like Def Leppard, Pulp, The Human League, Bring Me The Horizon, While She Sleeps, Reverend and the Makers, and many more. If one thing is clear, it's that music holds a special place in the hearts of the people of the South Yorkshire capital.
So, it’ll come as no surprise that there is an absolute plethora of cracking record shops in Sheffield. From classic stores that have been there for decades, to newer cooler spots that have established their own communities through the records they stock, to everything in between.
With all this in mind, and with Record Store Day right around the corner, we wanted to let you in on what we here at Skiddle think are the best record shops in Sheffield. So what are you waiting for? Scroll down and check them out! who knows what you will find when sifting through their shelves?
Bear Tree Records
Where: Units 13-16, The Forum, 127 Devonshire Street, Sheffield S3 7SB
Specialises in: new vinyl
Since opening back in 2015, Bear Tree Records has made a real name for itself as a brilliant, welcoming shop. For one, they’re strictly against any snobbery, making it the perfect shop for any music fan who’s new to vinyl. They also provide a record-cleaning service to help you keep your records in tip-top condition. Lastly, customers can spin a wheel for a chance to win a tote bag or a discount. A top shop through and through, Bear Tree is a must-visit.
Where: 233 Fulwood Road, Sheffield, S10 3BA
Specialises in: second-hand vinyl
At over 40 years old, Record Collector is the beating heart of Sheffield’s record-collecting scene. A truly legendary shop, there are plenty of stories about it, including admiration from Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard), and the time Public Enemy almost missed their performance at the arena as they got caught up making an appearance at the shop. With over 50,000 records and 25,000 CDs spanning most genres, you could easily spend a day or two burrowing through their collection.
Where: 7 Earl Street, Sheffield S1 3FP
Specialises in: in-store performances
Record Junkee is another beloved record shop in Sheffield that also doubles up as a bar and venue with a capacity of around 150. The shop made a name for itself so rapidly that it had to relocate to bigger premises twice! We think that tells you enough already, but we’ll continue. At Record Junkee, you can find around 30,000 records covering most genres. A shop that’s clearly doing something right, Record Junkee has a devoted fanbase that even helped fund the move into the previous venue.
LP Record Store
Where: 137A Arundel St, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 2NU
Specialises in: dance, funk, indie and soul
Low on cash but still need to feed your vinyl addiction? With records going for as little as £3, LP Records is definitely one to check out. A cosy little hangout with a cracking selection of dance, funk, indie and soul, but also a bunch of other genres, LP Records is somewhat of a Sheffield institution. And if you’re a fan of rare records, they can help you out with that, too!
Where: Sheffield Antiques Emporium, 15 Clyde Rd, Sheffield S8 0YD
Specialises in: 80s and post-punk
This tiny, one-man operation in Sheffield's Antiques Emporium is a must for any fans of 80s and/or post-punk bangers. There are plenty of new and pre-loved records in Tonearm’s cosy little shop. Run by vinyl addict Scott McMullin, known for being super friendly and cheerful, we can’t think of a better place to spend a few hours getting elbow-deep in a crate of records!
Where: 107 to 109 Chesterfield Road, Meersbrook, Sheffield S8 0RN
Specialises in: local artists, putting on regular in-store performances
Here's one of the record shops in Sheffield that'll be going hard this Record Store Day! Spinning Discs is known for stocking a huge variety of genres by both music icons and local talent. Spinning Discs also loves a good gig, putting on performances regularly and even allowing people to blast some tunes on the decks this upcoming Record Store Day! A brilliant little hangout, Spinning Discs is 100% worth a visit.
So there you have it - the best record shops in Sheffield! As Record Store Day is right around the corner, we recommend finding out which are participating and heading down for a visit. The atmosphere is always fantastic, and it’s a great way to help these independent record shops that are essential to our communities.
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