For the first edition of Record Stores Of The World for 2019 I headed across the Tasman for a quick visit to see what the North Island of New Zealand had to offer. Taking in the cities of Auckland and Wellington alongside smaller stops in Hamilton, New Plymoth, Taupo and Raglan.
It's 11am on a Saturday and Berlin is just waking up, you can pretty much find whatever you need in this city so my first mission is finding decent coffee, which is not always an easy task in this country, luckily with some local help, I find a pretty good one, the Turkish breakfast that followed was a little more questionable. Food and coffee aside, I'm on my way to finding the first of the German capital's vast array of record shops with a mission in Kreuzberg. Holy's Hit Records First up I find the fantastically named Holy's Hit Records...
When I'm in the UK I always try and make an effort to make my way up to the north of the country and in particular to Manchester, it is a city with an amazining musical heritage and also home to plenty of great record stores.
The next part of the Record Stores of the World feature includes an unexpected stop in Surrey, a journey to the south west coast of England and then a trip to Boardmasters Festival in Newquay to see our mates Hockey Dad and West Thebarton make theur UK festival debuts.
After a week or so trekking across Spain and Portugal I find myself in Barcelona for the Primavera Sound Festival and the related Primavera Pro conference. I don't have a lot of time for checking out record stores but I manage to spend some hours fitting it into the schedule.