Bringing vinyl back to Durham

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“We want to bring vinyl back to Durham” - say the organisers of pop-up fair.

Music website Gigiti will be taking over a quirky arts space in Durham City so that music lovers can purchase real records.

Entitled Wax in the Attic, the event will take place on May 31 at the Empty Shop on Framwellgate Bridge.

Organiser Luke Stuart-Smith, from Gigiti, said: “There isn’t any record shops in Durham. The only place that sells records is Oxfam and the selection is quite small.

“We’re bringing vinyl back to Durham for a one-off event to give record collectors the chance to purchase music without having to trek to places like Newcastle.”

Luke says there’s been a resurgence in the popularity of vinyl in recent years.

“There’s a lot more interest in vinyl now and I think that’s a reaction to MP3 and it not being a very good format,” he explained. “People enjoy the feeling of a record and the process of putting it on and appreciating the music.”

Set up in a derelict shop in 2008, The Empty Shop is a multipurpose creative arts venue.

Luke said: “I’m a massive fan of Empty Shop, which is why I chose to hold it there. They are really supportive of creative arts in Durham. They do all sorts of events, theatre, arts, music, it’s a great space.”

Throughout the day, vinyl sellers will be selling records of all genres. The event will also feature performances from a number of vinyl DJs including Stuart Swift of Ears Not Eyes.

l Wax in the Attic takes place on Sunday, May 31, at Empty Shop, on Framwellgate Bridge, from 11am to 5pm. Entry is £2 on the door.