Celebration time for Pie & Vinyl

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Southsea record-store-cum-café Pie & Vinyl is celebrating a triple whammy.

It’s their first birthday, their second Record Store Day and this week they were named the UK’s best independent record shop.

On Saturday successful Southampton group Band of Skulls will be dropping by to play live, Phil Jupitus will be doing a bit of shift work and they’ll also be showing the premiere of the film Last Shop Standing.

On top of that, Pie & Vinyl are inviting people to bring their favourite LPs, 12in, 10in and 7in discs for a vinyl-only DJ set.

It’s all taking place tomorrow, Record Store Day, when hundreds of the UK’s independently-owned record stores come together to celebrate the art of music.

As part of the celebrations, international audio technology brand Audio-Technica invited music lovers to nominate their favourite record stores.

Thousands of votes were cast and Pie & Vinyl came out on top, winning £1,000.

Owner Steve Roger Courtnell has pledged to spend the prize money on the first birthday party and free pie and record giveaways.

He says: ‘We are absolutely delighted to win this award in our first year of trading.

‘We feel so humbled that people enjoy our quirky little shop with big ideas and feel privileged to help put Southsea on the map!

‘Together we have proved that records are alive and well, and we have the ultimate chance to thank you all with our first birthday party!’