Where’s the vinyl? The hidden gems of Birmingham’s record shops

Birmingham has produced many legendary musical artists and bands such as Black Sabbath, UB40, Steve Winwood, Jamelia and Ocean Colour Scene for more than half a century.

The city also has some incredible record shops. Wherever you are in Birmingham, trawling through the record draws and CD shelves to search for a piece of music history is a day well spent for the ardent music fan.

Here’s some of the hidden record shop gems in Birmingham that are worth checking out.

The Diskery

Who knew that Birmingham houses the oldest record shop in England? The Diskery on Bromsgrove Street is the city’s most-loved independent record store. Since 1952, it has provided audiophiles with a range of rare second-hand vinyl LPs, CDs and cassette tapes across genres such as rock, jazz, reggae and so much more!

Emortal Records

Emortal Records is a record store that demands your attention. Tucked away on the entrance to Bournville Lane in Stirchley, Emortal Records has an interesting mix of old and new dance, metal and hip-hop records on their shelves that are not seen in other mainstream and independent record stores across the city.

Polar Bear Records

Polar Bear Records on the York Road in Kings Heath is situated right near the Hare & Hounds. Within Polar Bear it houses a vast array of rock, jazz, avant-garde and folk records on CD as well as vinyl LPs that will make your boombox or record player go completely supersonic!

Swordfish Records

Another Birmingham record shop staple, Swordfish Records has given joy to music fans since it first opened its doors in 1979 with its array of vinyl records and CDs. Dave Grohl, Neil Diamond, Franz Ferdinand and Jamie Cullum are a few famous faces to have paid a fleeting visit to Swordfish.

Café Artum

Coffee and vinyl, what more do you want? A stone’s throw away from Birmingham Magistrates Court lies one of the city’s new record shops, Café Artum. It recently opened in May 2018 and it combines music, art and coffee to create a relaxed, pleasant atmosphere for both music and coffee lovers.