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Banquet Records

Featured Store: Banquet Records

Kingston upon Thames has many music connections being the birthplace of musicians John Martyn, Steven Wilson, Dave Swarbrick, Rat Scabies, drummer with the Damned, Peter Cox from Go West and Richard Butler singer with the Psychedelic Furs. These days the towns musical connection is to be home for one of the UK’s most innovative record […]

Sounds of the Universe

Featured Store: Sounds of the Universe

Walking in to this well-located shop the first thing you notice is the washing line hanging above the racks displaying the shops iconic T-Shirts. The shop is owned by Stuart Baker who also owns the legendary London label Soul Jazz Records. Starting off from a market stall 25 years ago, it is now one of […]

Vinylstore Jr

Featured Store: Vinylstore Jr

Vinylstore Jr, has a distinct focus on the new and exciting, new releases, limited editions, willfully obscure psychedelia from places as far flung as Russia, Scandinavia, and South America. Basically, the kind of things you’re not likely to find in HMV. Owner Nick Pygott had wanted to run a record shop pretty much most of […]

Songlines Music Awards 2017

Songlines Music Awards 2017 – The Winners

Congratulations to all the winners of this years Songlines Music Awards which include the Proper distributed artists/acts Baaba Maal (Best Artist), Afro Celt Sound System (Best Group), Kefaya (Newcomer) and Anda Union (Asia & South Pacific). The awards, which are now in their ninth year, are voted for by Songlines contributors, readers and the general […]