There’s no denying that vinyl records have had a resurgence over the last few years. While CDs are still lining the shelves of record shops, our second city has become home to some of the best record shops in the country.
Whether you’re shopping for a collectable, or just want to browse through some of the greatest records of all time, we’ve rounded-up the hidden gems of Birmingham’s record store scene.
As Birmingham’s oldest record shops, The Diskery has been a treasure trove for vinyl collectors ever since it opened its doors in 1952. With a prime location on Bromsgrove Street, The Diskery is home to a huge and diverse collection of records, so make sure you leave plenty of time to explore. Click here to find out more.
If you love coffee as much as you love records, then you need to make a trip to Café Artum. With a prime spot on Corporation Street, this beautiful record store, come coffee shop, come art space also runs some pretty cool events including DJ workshops and even has a delicious food menu offering tasty grilled sandwiches. What’s not to love? Find out more here.
2019 saw HMV its biggest store right in the heart of Birmingham – and it’s a vinyl collectors dream! Whether you’re looking to pick up your favourite new record or a timeless classic, you’ll find it here. Alongside its extensive record collection, HMV Vault also hosts live performances and signings. Previous appearances include BRIT Award-winning acts, Stormzy and Foals. Click here for more info.
Having originally opened its doors in 1979 on Hurst Street, Swordfish Records can now be found on Dalton Street. As one of Birmingham’s most popular record stores, Swordfish has a really great collection of records and is also has a respectable list of high-end customers including Dave Grohl, John Peel, Jamie T and many more who have pursed its amazing range of classics and collectables. Find out more here.
Homing in on its love for house, dance and techno music, Emortal Records is also the place to hit up if you have a real passion for everything from indie to R&B beats that’ll get your speakers booming! There’s an extensive catalogue of vinyls to explore here, so it’s well worth the trip to Bournville for a little browse. Find out more here.
There’s more to Lower Trinity Street than the mighty Digbeth Dining Club. Housed above the mighty street food hub you’ll find Digbeth Records, which opened in conjunction with DDC in early 2019. So after you’ve indulged in food and drinks from some of the region’s finest street food traders, pop upstairs and browse the record collection until your heart’s content. Click here to find out more.