Who better than Kate Ceberano to take us on a music shop tour of Melbourne
? The city is said to have the most vinyl record stores in the world per capita around 50 of them and there is a self-guided tour you can take.
Diggin' Melbourne's guide map takes you to some of the world's best-kept vinyl secrets. Melburnians love their music and there are gigs, parties and events involving sound every night of the week. They even have ACDC Lane named in 2004 in honour of the legendary Australian rock band, AC/DC.
Chris Gill, owner of Northside Records, came up with the idea and his free, downloadable map allows record lovers to tour 31 independent music retailers still stocking vinyl records. They're in the CBD and suburbs, and along with the map, you receive a rundown of each shop including genres and other formats stocked, opening hours and contact details.
Many shops have their own specialties and if you are searching for something in particular, you can save loads of time and frustration with your Diggin' Melbourne information.
Northside focuses on soul, hip-hop, disco, jazz, funk and African music. As you sift through the records you will find funny and odd records and will probably regret throwing out your old turntable as a mistake. Could be time to invest in another! In fact, Chris can sell you one!
Kate found out there that while CDs and music downloads are easily accessible, there's more to music and its culture. Fanatics love the covers, the feel of the vinyl and swear the music sounds better.
Missing Link is one of Melbourne's oldest record stores. It's been in Bourke Street since 1971 and even has its own record label. Kate said if you are seeking that perfect album, there's every chance you will find it there. She even came across a heart-shaped vinyl! They also have rate and expensive records.
Licorice Pie is stocked with around 10,000 albums so you will need plenty of time to explore in there. Everyone agrees it's far more pleasurable flicking through albums than online searching. You could even come across a Kate Ceberano album on your visit. She did!
Record shops around Melbourne.
The average price of records from crates is $2 and prices rise for new and unusual collector items. The map is available from all participating record stores and is also available to download online at www.digginmelbourne.wordpress.com.
Virgin Australia has one-way flights to Melbourne from:
- Sydney and Adelaide $109
- Brisbane $145
- Perth $219
There are limited seats, which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at June 25, 2011, and are subject to change.
Mercure Melbourne Spring Street rooms start at $149 a night.
Prices correct at June 25, 2011.
For further information
Ph: 136 789
236 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy, Victoria 3065
Ph: (03) 9417 7557
Missing Link Records
405 Bourke Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Ph: (03) 9670 8208
Licorice Pie Records
249A High Street
Prahran, Victoria 3181
Ph: (03) 9510 4600
13 Spring Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Ph: (03) 9205 9999