ONCE meccas for music snobs, a new breed of fan helped Sunderland’s independent music shops celebrate Record Store Day.
Pop Recs Ltd in Fawcett Street and Hot Rats in Stockton Road welcomed hundreds of visitors during the course of Saturday as part of the international event.
It was the first Record Store Day for Pop Recs Ltd, which was started last June by Frankie & the Heartstrings.
By early on Saturday the shop was packed with customers enjoying the free music along with their morning coffee.
Dave Harper, drummer with Frankie & the Heartstrings, said: “Today has been all about putting the focus back on independent record shops.
“We have been here nine months and it’s been incredible.
“But there is a lot of hard work involved; you can’t just be a record shop alone, you have to diversify and that’s why people can come here, buy a cup of coffee, take a look around and enjoy the free music.”
Among those performing on Saturday were critically-acclaimed Public Service Broadcasting; The Crooks and The Sons of Bido Lito, as well as DJ sets from Ward 10 and DJ Search Warrant.
James Mace, 20, a student, called into the shop to get a taste of the free music on offer.
He said: “I’m originally from Leeds and there’s a lot more independent record shops in the city, four or five of them.
“I just wanted to come along and take advantage of everything that was going on.
“iTunes is killing independent record stores so we should support these shops as much as possible.”