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Updated 11 Oct. All guides written by Kate Youde
If you get inspired to shell out on some new tunes while you're in Nottingham check out our guide to the best shops in the city. And if you know of other good record shops tell us about it and you could win tickets here...
19-21 Market St
Nottingham hosts the only branch of this famous record store outside London. A Mecca for all music lovers, the shop boasts an extensive range that caters for every taste from French Disko to Folk, Hard House to Hip-Hop. In addition to CDs, there is a comprehensive collection of LPs that is sure to satisfy the most ardent vinyl junkie. Stocking new releases at lower than high street prices alongside older and more unusual pieces, 'Selectadisc' cannot fail to impress.
3 Market Street
Specialising in buying and selling second-hand CDs, 'Selectadisc's sister store 'Was…' is a somewhat hit and miss experience. It may be great for unloading all those misguided teenage purchases but as the rest of the population does the same, you'll need a keen eye. However, there are hidden gems to be found amongst the Test Card soundtrack compilations and discarded Lighthouse Family albums. Prices are always affordable, so it's definitely worth a look.
Royal Centre, Theatre Square
'Funky Monkey' is a compact shop tailored for the dance, house and hip-hop market, although there is a splattering of other genres. The staff are knowledgeable and always willing to advise or play potential purchases so even the inexperienced record buyer can feel at home. Budding DJs will be in vinyl heaven.
The Frontage Great Queen Street
Whilst the stock at this independent chain is pretty much the same as in any high street megastore, the prices are refreshingly different, with current chart albums priced from only £10. There are also great deals on older releases (£5 or £7) so you can stock up on those missed opportunities when you were either too broke or embarrassed to shell out at the original price. And with a 'suck it and see' policy (basically if you hate your choice, you can get a refund), you can't really go wrong.