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Whether you’re a seasoned vinyl nut, or you’re just building up your collection for the first time, Glasgow has a treasure trove of quirky and high quality record shops just waiting to be discovered.
Here are five of the city’s essential record shops that we recommend visiting. If you’re not already obsessed, you’ll be hooked after five minutes of flicking through the gems these establishments have to offer.
Mixed Up Records
Located at the heart of Glasgow’s West End (in the Hillhead area), Mixed Up Records is a second hand record shop that’s been around since 1998. They sell and buy high quality used vinyl and listening equipment.
This place has thousands of LPs for sale, as well as 45s and 12 inch singles, and their stock is constantly being refreshed. You’re encouraged to visit, chat to the friendly staff and browse, but if you’re looking for something in particular, they can help with that too. No budget is too small for a trip to Mixed Up Records – you’re highly unlikely to leave empty handed.
18 Otago Lane, G12 8PB – mixeduprecords.com
Attached to much-loved bar, vegan-friendly restaurant and live music venue, Mono, you’ll find Monorail Music in the Trongate. The small but painstakingly thought out shop has been around for 14 years now. The owners have a strong relationship with lots of local acts and smaller labels – from Belle and Sebastian to Chemikal Underground – and it shows in their wares, which range from homegrown new releases to fresh work from cool international artists you’ve almost definitely never heard of. If you’re clued up on new and obscure music, this is the perfect fit for you and your record collection.
97 King Street, 12 Kings Court, G1 5RB – monorailmusic.com
A popular stomping ground for Glaswegian DJs, Rubadub is the place to go for all things electronic. From the latest in underground house and techno releases, to studio equipment, recording software and DJ decks – this shop is a high-tech haven. The family-owned, city centre store opened in 1992, and its staff have been offering useful advice on everything from synths to singles ever since. If you love listening to music, but are also really keen to create some tunes of your own, Rubadub is basically a one stop shop.
35 Howard Street, G1 4BA – rubadub.co.uk
Once known as Avalanche, Love Music (just behind Queen Street Station) will celebrate its 20th birthday this November. In those two decades, the place has become an integral part of Glasgow’s vinyl scene, selling both new and second hand records, as well as hosting some special in-store performances. Crowds of music lovers have been known to spill out onto the street outside during many of these popular live shows in the petite and packed shop. The shop usually has some local releases that you’ll struggle to get your hands on anywhere else, and the staff are always game for a chat, as well as offering great advice.
34 Dundas Street, G1 2AQ – lovemusicglasgow.com
A little bit of a hidden gem for those who don’t know it’s there, Missing Records is camouflaged in among a row of identically fronted shops underneath Central Station. Don’t bother trying to sound it out online first, as this place doesn’t have a website, a Facebook page or any other online presence – it’s properly old school. Ideal for those who like to dig for previously enjoyed treasure, Missing has a regularly re-stocked collection of everything from jazz to EDM. If you’re after the pre-internet era vinyl shopping experience, this is it for Glasgow record shoppers.
247 Argyle Street, G2 8DL
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