17th Feb, 2020

Redditch's only independent record shop to mark UK Cassette Store Day

Ross Crawford 10th Oct, 2019

RETRO music fans can start reelin’ in the years in Redditch as the town’s indie shop marks UK Cassette Store Day and Album Day this Saturday, October 12.

Not to be outdone by the vinyl revival, the humble cassette tape has begun to emulate the resurgence in retro music media.

Nearly 35,000 new cassettes have been sold in the UK for the first half of 2019, according to the music industry – almost double the amount sold over the same period in 2018.

As Redditch’s only independent record shop, Vintage Trax on Birchfield Road will be joining the celebration from 10.30am to 4pm at its Headless Cross home.

The shop which specialises in quality, preloved records, cassette tapes, CDs, music T-Shirts and books, has delved into the archives to replenish its cassette tape offer – and has a number of rare and collectable titles.

“Although vinyl records are our most popular selling music media, we are selling more and more cassette tapes each year,” said Vintage Trax owner Ros Sidaway.

“At festivals, tapes are popular amongst VW Camper Van owners who still have radio cassette players in their vehicles, as do many classic car owners.

“Often times the cassette version of an album would include bonus tracks, due to having longer playing time than vinyl records, which makes cassettes very collectable.”

As well as tapes, Vintage Trax will also have original pre-loved cassette tape players for sale.

Visit www.VintageTrax.co.uk for more details.

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