21st May, 2019

MUSIC MATTERS: Keeping vinyl records alive in Coventry

Music Matters

New record shop

It’s with personal excitement to learn of a new record shop in Coventry.

Alan Roberts at Just Dropped In is based at Fargo Village (container 5, to be exact). It caters for all tastes – jazz, rock, electro, pop, retro – you name it and I reckon he will have the genre covered.

He certainly knows how to use all his space wisely, and there’s a great vibe to the place. Little wonder the place was Store of The Month in Mojo magazine.

Great news that Coventry’s HMV will be saved, and don’t forget the record stall Vinyl Destination in Coventry Market and Frank Harvey’s in Spon Street.

In Warwickshire we have The Leamington Record Store, Head and Seismic Records in Leamington, Just For The Record in Rugby and S.J. Records in Stratford. Sorry if I have missed any out.

Let’s keep vinyl records alive.

The Sixties Invasion

If 60s music is your bag, then it’s The Albany Theatre you need to head to tomorrow night (Fri March 1). There is a superb line up waiting to transport you back to the days when phones were secured to the wall and music came on flat pieces of circular plastic.

The Sixties Invasion is headed by Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich with classics that include Hold Tight, The legend of Xanadu and Bend It.

Also on the bill is the superb Cupids Inspiration who originally charted in 1968 with Yesterday Has Gone.

If that’s not enough, enter The legendary Joe Meek band The Tornados who hit number one both sides of The Atlantic in 1962 with the iconic Telstar. It became the first American number one by a UK band.

It really is a night not to be missed. It begins at 7.30pm. To book, go online, drop in to the box office or call 02476 99 89 64.


The Coventry Music Museum continues to showcase local musical talent with its Artist of The Month initative.

On Saturday March 2 at 12 noon, Hatstand will be the chosen band and I get a chance to interview them. As it’s the 40th Anniversary of 2-Tone, the band are promising a 2-Tone classic played live in their very own style.

This Rugby duo of course are a million miles from Ska – theirs is a folky blues driven sound Keith and Kate call ‘dark Americana’.

Upright bass and guitar blend perfectly with their superb harmonies, creating something very special and guaranteed to hold the audience’s attention. We are proud to make them our Artist Of The Month.

Pete Chambers BEM

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