Record revival…the return of vinyl this Christmas.

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Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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It’s expected to be a record (pardon the pun) year for vinyl sales, which have reached a 20-year high.

So far in 2014, over 1 million albums have been sold in the format once thought extinct.

In the era of digital music, vinyl is likely to grow further as popular bands like The Killers, Artic Monkeys and Pink Floyd keep releasing music on record.

Bands like Pink Floyd, Arctic Monkeys and The Killers are making Vinyl cool again.

Bands like Pink Floyd, Arctic Monkeys and The Killers are making Vinyl cool again.

Martin Talbot from the Official Charts Company told BBC’s 5 live “It’s remarkable. We’re seeing vinyl come back as a significant earner for the music industry.

“Only 5 years ago this business was worth £3 million a year. This year it’s going to be worth £20 million.”

Minster Records in Beverley is a Vinyl Heaven

Minster Records in Beverley is a Vinyl Heaven

Retailers have been quick to react to a World where the LP is back as part of the UK music scene.

HMV stopped selling vinyl in 1996, but all stores now dedicate shelf space to the format.

In May this year, local businessman Simon Cawkwell opened Beverley’s first record store in over a decade.

Simon told HEYToday.co.uk that sales have grown rapidly since he started, with people opting for vinyl because “it has soul.”

“People come to Minster Records on Eastgate to browse and discover new music in a format they can touch and feel.

“We’ve had a busy Christmas so far. People buy vinyl as a gift because it comes with artwork and sleeve notes, which you don’t get with streaming,” said Simon.

We spoke to one shopper who said “I come to Minster Records on a weekend and love flicking through albums, some of which you can’t even download, it’s a great experience.”

According to Simon, the popularity of the old style format isn’t just limited to the over 30’s seeking a nostalgia kick.

“Young people are getting turntables and buying records as an antidote to digital, when you essentially own nothing.

“It’s people who are serious about music, and understand that for some genres like soul, rock and even punk, vinyl offers a deeper and richer experience”.

Of course, 1 million sales are impressive, but last month pop group One Direction celebrated their 1 billionth stream on music platform Spotify. Yep, 1 billion!

Martin Talbot from the Official Charts Company acknowledges that vinyl is likely to remain a niche player in comparison to digital music.

That said, shops like Minster Records are growing in popularity as music lovers seek new ways to enjoy listening, and bands continue to release their work on vinyl record.

 Are you into it?

Of the folks we talked to, people like records for different reasons. Some like the feel, some even like the smell.

One of our more meticulous writers in the HEYToday.co.uk office enjoys the process of taking the shiny record out of the sleeve, pausing to give it a quick blow, (removing any unlikely dust spots) and then carefully placing it on the turntable.

If you’re into vinyl, or a digital devotee, let us know by commenting below.

Published: Wednesday 24th December 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

Comments (3)
  • wilson

    Slow, and appreciation is what is missing from too much choice,vinyl encourages selection. To listen ,hear and think about the sound and not skipping some tracks has its place. If we embrace slowness ,self-creativity will follow. ps ; More ‘arty-farty ‘ columns please Paul Nickerson.

  • An increasing amount of people like myself, own a Vinyl Jukebox, so are we going to be catered for with this revival of Vinyl? ie. 7″ 45’s

  • Stephen Roe

    What people don’t mention is that with most new releases on vinyl you get a free download code so you can put your latest purchase on your laptop tablet etc .You even get the cd in
    some cases .So you get all three formats in one vinyl hit.Whats not to like.

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