Record Store Day draws ever nearer, as thousands of music fans will be lining the streets on Saturday 19 April to queue outside their favourite record stores to grab this year's exclusive releases. But let's not forget what it's all about - amazing independent and smaller record stores. Here are 17 of the UK's best.
There's much more to running a record store than just leaving some CDs and vinyl out in crates and letting folk hand over cash - it's about offering an experience. That experience is one of community, celebration, knowledge and atmosphere. That's what all of these record stores have in abundance.
Some have been around for generations and gone down in rock n' roll history, others are relatively new but still showing the world how it's done. Of course we can't list them all, but here are 17 of the UK's most brilliant and renowned record stores. Happy Record Store Day, long live record stores.