Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Old Vinyl Attracts Record Interest

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Old Vinyl Attracts Record Interest

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Byline: Natasha christian

IT was only a few years ago that record stores were dropping off like flies as customers became as rare as some of the collectables on offer.

But the vinyl comeback is a story that just keeps on spinning with 277,767 records sold in Australia last year, a number which keeps on rising.

The sales boost has sparked confidence in the Coast's hardworking independent record stores, who struggled to stay afloat in recent times.

It's also given them a bigger reason to celebrate International Record Store Day, which rocked the Coast yesterday.

The Sunshine Coast's oldest record store, Nambour's BackBeat Records, opened up its doors to crowds eager to snag a few gems for their collections.

For owner Lee Hillman, it wasn't only about a celebration of music, it was time to recognise a triumph of an industry that was considered unlikely to survive.

"I've been open 18 years now and it's finally come of age again," Mr Hillman said. …

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