Music fans flock to support Southsea record shop

LIVE MUSIC Band of Skulls performing at Pie and Vinyl to celebrate National Record Store Day. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131091-214)
LIVE MUSIC Band of Skulls performing at Pie and Vinyl to celebrate National Record Store Day. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131091-214)
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SCORES of revellers packed into a Southsea vinyl store to get a slice of musical action – and pie.

Pie & Vinyl, which last week was named the best record store in the country, took part in National Record Store Day at the weekend.

The day first came about seven years ago when US independent record stores came together to celebrate their businesses.

The UK joined in soon after, with this being the sixth of the annual celebration.

To celebrate, the shop in Castle Road, Southsea, opened its doors at 8am.

The first 40 customers to buy a record were also given a ticket to see Band of Skulls play for around 30 minutes at the intimate venue.

And the owners of the store officially launched its own record label – Pie & Vinyl Records.

Co-owner Steve Courtnell said: ‘It was absolutely relentless in the store.

‘We had the first person queuing up from 3.45am, and from when we opened the doors it was non-stop.

‘It was great to see the people of Portsmouth and Southsea come out and celebrate and support this record shop.

‘Band of Skulls were brilliant – it was incredible in here.

‘The band were really supportive of the store.’

Later, Southsea group The B of the Bang, which is the first to be signed on the new record label, also performed.

‘There’s a growing interest in records, and it was an idea we had to create our own record label,’ added Steve.

‘We are keen to support local artists and hope they can break through nationally.’

Record-lover Daniel Baybutt is a fan of the shop.

The 33-year-old computer animation student, of Elphinstone Road, Southsea, said: ‘I love how record shops were a dying format, but because there is such a great love for them, they are increasing in popularity.

‘For me, I like browsing in record stores, so I can see and feel records.

‘I have lived in London, and can say I’ve never seen a shop as unique as this. The staff are friendly too.’