Salford Lads’ Club played host to a record fair last Saturday, with sellers from across the UK coming together to display their vinyl records to Salford locals.  

The building itself has been open since 1903 and is an iconic music location, having links to The Smiths, being featured on the inside cover of their album ‘The Queen Is Dead’. 

The fair showcased a variety of records, with sellers such as Five Rise Records, a Bingley based record shop, bringing the best of their vinyls to offerFive Rise Records came together with The Brudenell Record Fair to open a physical shop in June this year and organise these record fairs together across the north. 

John-Paul Craven, who, alongside Aidy Dibb, helps to run Five Rise records and organise the fairs, explained: “The fair will see sellers from all over the north bringing their records to Salford Lads Club. 

“We worked on a Fair last year with Tim Burgess of The Charlatans and the people behind Bands FC, and the club were keen for us to come back.” 

The club hosted a similar event last year, which raised over £1500 for Salford Lads Club, and saw Tim Burgess, front man of The Charlatans, perform a live DJ set and host a stall for his record label. 

However, this year’s fair took a step up from the previous year, showcasing, for the first time, a montage of rare Happy Mondays video recordings that were donated to the club’s archive by the late Derek Ryder, the father of band members Shaun and Paul.  

SK1 stall at the record fair – Credit: Gareth Kenyon, SK1 Facebook Page

SK1 records is a Stockport based record store, which also set up a stall at the record fair. Co-owner, Mr Gareth Kenyon said: “At the fair this Saturday we took a little slice of what people can find in the shop racks, lots of mixed genre stuff from rock & pop, to electronica and even library records.” 

Record fairs are becoming increasingly popular again, with Vinyl record sales being drastically higher now than they were 10 years ago. SK1 is often appearing at various record fairs, with Mr Kenyon adding: “We’re currently at a new monthly event in Macclesfield, a pop up with 3 other record shops. 

“We’re always out and about spreading the good SK1 word. It’s half the fun of being a record shop.” 

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