It’s no secret that vinyl is firmly back in fashion with the nation’s music lovers, a trend Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl record store has been spearheading.
Keen to find out more about the vinyl revival and the ethos behind the store, we spoke to co-owner Steven Courtnell about his decision to fuse good old fashioned comfort food with classic music along with friend and co-owner, Rob Litchfield.
1. It’s not just a record store
— Pie & Vinyl (@PieandVinyl) October 24, 2015
Stocking 180g heavyweight pressed brand new vinyl in trendy vintage trunks, they come complete with download codes or CDs as standard. From limited editions from new bands like One Direction to classic Beatles albums, all genres are covered. Browse and lose yourself in searching for that much wanted record.
2. …that also sells tasty locally sourced pie & mash
— Pie & Vinyl (@PieandVinyl) November 15, 2015
For those that prefer more traditional pies try Buckwell’s Steak & Ale, or perhaps the imaginative titled Matador Pie with steak and chorizo. Also locally made are gluten free Pie & Vinyl creations like Let it Bean pies comprising bean vegetable chilli with sweet potato and chickpeas. All pies are served with creamy mash, peas, and their own special pie liquor.
3. They have a record label which champions new artists
Pie & Vinyl are keen investors in new talent and currently have five local artists signed to their label including local garage pop band, The boy I used to be, and Gosport singer/songwriter, Sacha. They support them through physical format releases of their vinyl and cassettes in store, and love to see a local band break through nationally.
4. It’s a live music hub
— Pie & Vinyl (@PieandVinyl) October 1, 2015
Impressively, the store has hosted over 50 gigs, including Pie & Vinyl Present nights; a good early example is North London band Wolf Alice, who played in 2013 and have gone on to be nominated for a Grammy.
5. The cafe is a supporter of Record Store Day
— Pie & Vinyl (@PieandVinyl) April 14, 2015
A national event for all record stores in the country is usually the third Saturday in April, and it’s been well supported by Pie & Vinyl over the years. It’s a big event for store; queues are known to start forming early the night before, with a big clamour for limited edition record releases only sold on that day once doors opened.
6. They also sell and repair record players
A few doors down from the main store, you can discover sister shop Pie & Hi-Fi which caters for all your record player needs. They offer an exclusive service selling turntables, reconditioned separates, and styluses. Alternatively there’s a repair facility for all existing stereos.
7. Did we mention they did seasonal pie specials?
Good Tidings Southsea. Today's Sunday Best roast dinner in a pie is lamb & mint sauce. Veggie options too! pic.twitter.com/guqfrVWT2W
— Pie & Vinyl (@PieandVinyl) December 13, 2015
If the main menu doesn’t whet your appetite (and if not why not!) then the Christmas special menu will definitely get you in the spirit, with festive offerings like Three Kings (Turkey) or Deer Santa (Venison, Bacon, Wine & Lentil) perhaps washed down with a Spiced Pear & Plum Cordial.
8. Really cool merchandise is available
Stuck for Christmas gifts this year? Find the perfect pressie for your loved one in store now! pic.twitter.com/3pAOSeuOsB
— Pie & Vinyl (@PieandVinyl) December 7, 2015
A good business is nothing without a strong brand and Pie & Vinyl have developed one for their merchandise. Fusing the gramophone imagery with a quirky take on the pie as the record, you’ll be clamouring to buy the hoodies, tee-shirts and beanies to wear at the next festival.
9. They’ll take you on a Record Adventure
The Pie & Vinyl Record Adventure is an annual £100 record subscription for die-hard record fans. Pie & Vinyl will chose four records per year to be sent out each quarter in a gift pack with a recommended record, including special gifts, priority entry to gigs, and 10% off chosen weekends. This could be an ideal Christmas gift perhaps for that music loving hard to buy for brother?
10. Expect to savour a brand new experience
— Pie & Vinyl (@PieandVinyl) November 27, 2015
Come for the limited edition vinyl, the local live performances or maybe just to sample the unique pie and mash, but linger a little longer for the eclectic backdrop, retro tea cosies, vintage posters, quirky culture references and the welcoming approachable staff.
After all, good music and pies should not be enjoyed alone!
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