9 of the best independent record stores in Gloucestershire

Whether you're just discovering the joy of the crisp sounds of a vinyl record or you're a seasoned LP collector, SoGlos rounds up the best independent record stores in Gloucestershire.

By Kaleigh Pritchard  |  Published
Celebrate Record Store Day 2023 the right way at the best record shops in Gloucestershire.

Turn up the music on Saturday 22 April 2023 for Record Store Day, with Gloucestershire record shops armed and ready with cool collections of rare and classic vinyl waiting to go under the needle or take pride of place on display.

From well-known and well-loved havens to secret musical treasure-troves, you'll be sure to find a harmonious haunt near you in SoGlos's magical musical round-up.

Badlands in Cheltenham

A vinyl hot spot in Cheltenham town centre, Badlands Records is a great option for new releases as well as classic presses. The award-winning store is jam-packed with every genre and artist, from Taylor Swift to Bob Dylan.

If the name itself didn't give it away, the store is somewhat of a tribute to musical icon, Bruce Springsteen - it even has its own unofficial fan club! Members receive exclusive monthly e-newsletters, special offers and have the opportunity to tag along on trips to see the man himself in concert.

Sport the unique Badlands merchandise available and show your support for this Cheltenham music institution this Record Store Day.

Trading Post Records in Stroud

Stocking more than 50,000 LPs, vinyl enthusiasts are sure to find what they're looking for at Trading Post Records in Stroud. Owner, Simon Vincent is sure to give you some expert recommendations, too.

Open since 1977, the shop is a staple of Stroud High Street and with rare second-hand gems to be found, an afternoon spent browsing its collection is time well spent.

Keep your eyes peeled for exclusive Record Store Day releases and snap them up on the day.

Forest Vinyl in the Forest of Dean

With Monmouth's legendary Rockfield Studios, recording home of Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody', just a stone's throw away, the Forest of Dean was bound to have a great record store. Forest Vinyl sits within Cinderford Industrial Estate and attracts visitors from all over the district.

For those looking to bulk up their collection, its discount boxes are packed full of records ready to pick up for just £1 each! Plus, 12-inch records are often three for the price of two.

Why not head on over, take advantage of the free Gloucestershire-roasted Greenhills coffee the store offers all shoppers and find yourself a bargain.

Vinyl Vital Signs in Gloucester

Are your walls full of band posters and music memorabilia? Just need one or ten more to satisfy the collector hunger within? 

Not only selling quality vinyl to Gloucester enthusiasts far and wide from Eastgate Shopping Centre, Vinyl Vital Signs has the extensive range of memorabilia you've been dreaming of.

Catering to every musical need, this store also stocks top grade Hi-Fi sound systems and equipment to play your new purchases on, too - an excellent opportunity for those just starting their journey into the world of vinyl collecting.

The Independent Record Shop in Cheltenham

Hidden on the bustling Bath Road in Cheltenham, the Independent Record Shop is more than meets the eye.

Established in 2008 and modeled on the dreamy vinyl store aesthetic of London's nostalgic outlets, the shop sources its stock from across the UK and will always work to find something for your particular interest - you can even book a personalised appointment with the team.

The store also organises record sale events in-store as well as at record fairs and auctions across the UK with some albums priced at only 50p!

Sound Records in Stroud

Stocking records of every genre, you can browse the day away at Sound Records in Stroud - fuelled by the freshly brewed, locally sourced coffee available at the store.

A somewhat specialist of world music, the team put passion into collecting music from Africa and Latin America and source it directly from the native countries.

Taking great pride in the Stroud music scene, Sound Records also pressed its first record under its own label; a collection of Stroud-based Electronica, with sales going toward fundraising for local music champion The Prince Albert pub which was hit hard through the pandemic.

To Have and To Hold Records in Tewkesbury

Nestled within the historic walls of a Tudor-style building in Tewkesbury is To Have and To Hold Records, born in the pandemic times of 2020 with a love of the magic of music at its heart.

Be sure to check its brilliant bookshelf, regularly refreshed with a mix of new and vintage biographies and autobiographies, so you can learn all about the lates and greats of the music industry.

Self-confessed 'vinyl junkie' and owner Melvin Hardy also presents live music nights at the store dedicated to favourite genres from BritPop to Alternative. It counts dogs as dedicated fans, too!

Vinyl Vault in Cheltenham

For super second-hand finds, Vinyl Vault in Cheltenham is a prime location. Its stock rotates on a daily basis as the store takes on records from those looking to sell their beloved records for others to love and enjoy.

Strictly adhering to the Record Collector magazine guide to vinyl grading - with a quality range between mint condition to bad condition - the team analyses every incoming record and strives to offer the best stock possible for its customers.

The store carries an amazing range of sought-after original pressings from bands including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin.

Black Pearl Vinyl in Gloucester

Located in Gloucester Antique Centre on Gloucester's busy Westgate Street, Black Pearl Vinyl offers Gloucestershire's largest record collection under one roof.

In pursuit of that one vinyl record that will complete your collection? This store offers a helpful finding service, so its knowledgeable staff are sure to be able to point you in the right direction.

All records are cleaned and serviced to ensure a seamless play - you'll leave this shop with a classic gem!

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