Browse through 4 of Cardiff's favourite record shops
Scattered across the capital are some fantastic record shops for you to hunt down your favourite collectables, rummage through piles of vintage tunes, or simply hang out and chat with your favourite curators of delicious vinyl.
This second hand vinyl shop perched at a busy crossroads in Roath, has been feeding the need for newly discovered music for many a year. With piles of records, music scores and gig memorabilia stacked to the ceiling, even the aged smell of the place is a thrill. Unhurried browsing is encouraged, as is trading in your unwanted CDs and vinyl for either a good price or a discount. Pop into Milgi on the way back into town for a cocktail or coffee.
2. Kelly’s Records
From its lofty position on Cardiff Market’s balcony, Kelly’s is the biggest vinyl shop in Wales with a stock of more than 100,000 collectables to shout about. They also have a supplementary online shop, and there are plenty of rare vinyls, CDs and even a few discs that spin at 78rpm to choose from. Known throughout the world, Kelly’s is a pilgrimage to many regular overseas visitors who come to shop ‘til they drop.
3. Catapult Records
Helping to fuel the local passion for rave, drum ‘n’ bass and hardcore over its 20 years, Catapult is a specialist record and DJ equipment shop that carries CDs, vinyl and clothing. It’s a great place to hang out and hear rare tracks. If you catch something big in a club on Friday, it’s pretty sure Catapult can dig it out for you on a Saturday. Check out their vast mail order website, and see if you can spot them popping up in cult Cardiff 90s movie ‘Human Traffic’.
Universally known as the world’s oldest record shop (open since 1894, no less), Spillers still has the comfy feel of a student bedsit, despite recently moving from the store’s long time home on The Hayes. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and as well as housing plenty of Indie treasures, they cater for fans of jazz, easy listening, American roots, metal, goth and even comedy and spoken word. You can pick up gig tickets here and they also host their own occasional in-store shows.