Vinyl revival ‘boosted by artwork’

Alan Nutton pictured at Wah Wah Records, in Wakefield.
Alan Nutton pictured at Wah Wah Records, in Wakefield.
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THE vinyl revival may be powered by more than nostalgia and good music, it seems.

As music lovers prepare to descend on record shops across Yorkshire today for Record Store Day, a survey suggests that some buyers may not actually be playing their purchases.

Research by ICM Unlimited revealed that 34 per cent of buyers either don’t own or don’t use a turntable and 40 per cent described themselves simply as “collectors”.

The poll revealed that 18 to 24-year-olds are still driving the revival.

Seven per cent of those questioned bought vinyl in the last month, up two per cent from 2013.

One fifth of 18 to 24-year-olds bought vinyl in the last month, up 14 per cent.

Overall UK sales of new vinyl records have risen more than 60 in 12 months, according industry figures.

Record stores believe some buyers may be buying vinyl just for the artwork or as an investment.

Alan Nutton, 34, of Wah Wah Records in Wakefield, said some younger buyers were definitely buying vinyl for the artwork, while older ones wanted to replace records they had previously got rid of.

John-Paul Craven, 34, of Huddersfield shop Vinyl Tap, said the store was hosting several acts, with the doors opening at 7am.

He said buyers were snapping up new vinyl from bands such as Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys, with The Beatles ever popular in the used vinyl section.

The charity PDSA, which cares for sick pets, is toasting the surge in popularity of vinyl, with shop sales up to £50,000 a year.