Record Store Day:

Is Vinyl Revival Still Alive?

By Lewis Catlow


Manchester’s Piccadilly Records is one of the country’s most renowned record shops where people were queuing from 7pm the day prior to RSD

Apple Music, Spotify, SoundCloud and Tidal, the list goes on for music listening platforms available to the world from their chosen devises at the touch of a finger. Surely that’s the only way to listen to music in 2016, right? The likes of Tidal and Apple Music having exclusive released from some of the worlds biggest artists such as ‘Yeezy’ himself, it seems the digital side of the industry are trying to control our way of listening.

With millions of albums available for free on Spotify, it’s hard to argue against it, especially with some of the features, such as the ‘Discover Weekly’ which gives the listener 30 songs weekly from artists that they may not of previously heard, based on their current most played artists. It’s almost effortless for the listener to widen their musical taste.

Digital music revenues have overtaken that of traditional musical formats for the first time ever. But people are still choosing vinyl year after year, as it’s been announced that record sales via vinyl are at a 28 year high, reaching sales of almost half a billion dollars in 2015. At first, when vinyl started selling again, people thought it was just a fad for the twenty-something’s who wanted something old-school to show off on Instagram.

But more and more people are leaning towards the old crackle, the hisses and pops, and all the flaws that add depth and warmth to the music on vinyl, none of which can be heard on a super-crisp digital recording. Maybe it’s because people feel nothing towards their MP3’s, or their Spotify playlists, but do towards a record collection. Is it because of this or is it that people want vinyl as a tangible item?

According to a poll by ICM, almost half the people who bought vinyl in the past month have yet to play their records. Are people buying records to hang them in a frame, to look more cultured? Maybe vinyl is the subject of being a status symbol, something to show off to the world. Surely music fans the world over  would be more impressed with an artists entire music catalogue on vinyl than on iTunes downloads.

But who cares, because vinyl has broken into the mainstream, with Adele’s ’25’ being the highest selling vinyl of last year. What used to be niche and cult bands releasing/re-releasing classic records or live performances for Record Store Day, is joined now also by the likes of Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, who both have exclusive RSD releases, alongside the likes of The Grateful Dead, and the late David Bowie. It’s getting bigger and bigger every year, which can only be a good thing for the independent record stores up and down the country.

With Record Store day behind us until next year, I spoke to various music insiders and fans about what Record Store Day means to them, and about their opinions about whether vinyl is a sustainable way of experiencing music or whether or not its just a current hipster trend, plus many more questions about the current state of the music industry.


Is Tinder Killing Romance? (Audio)

Dating app encouraging ‘one night stand’ culture

Senior Sociology lecturer at Manchester Met, Dr Jenny van Hooff carried out a recent study into how men in Manchester and Cheshire use Tinder. The study included only male heterosexual Tinder uses and found that users believed that they have a ‘licence to use women as they see fit’ if their date’s appearance is less attractive than their profile photos.

The study also revealed that users found that Tinder and other dating apps sped up the intimacy in relationships, most users often almost expecting an one night stand from their dates. As Tinder grows, does romance die?

I asked a female Tinder user about what they thought on the issue.

Interview with ex-sociology student Bethany Peel.






Live Blog: Arsenal v West Brom at The Emirates Stadium

Full Time: Arsenal 2-0 West Brom

Arsenal played some great football and deserved the 3 points after dominating the game with over 70% possession and 700 passes. Sanchez scored a great two goals tonight. West Brom just couldn’t keep up.

90 +1 Giroud caught offside.

90′ Monreal gives West Brom a free kick in their half.

90′ Arsenal chasing a third goal but West Brom remain solid.

88′ Giroud almost grabs the third for Arsenal but hits the ball straight at Foster’s face.

86′ Attempt by Campbell to the right side of the goal misses, just wide.

85′ Arsenal double substitution. Walcott and Campbell replace Sanchez and Ozil, who were both exceptional tonight.

83′ Arsenal dominating possession. Over 600 passes to West Broms 250.

82′ Iwobi is replaced by Coquelin. Fantastic game for the teenager.

78′ Foul by Kosnielny.

76′ The pace has slowed down for the Gunners. West Brom have massively improved in the second half so far but haven’t passed the ball well enough to break through arsenal’s back four.

75′ Game continues after Elneny (Arsenal) goes down injured.

73′ Rondon misses an open net from two yards as Cech misses the ball after a West Brom corner.

72′ Naughty nutmeg by Bellerin.

70′ Great dummy by Sanchez allows Ramsey to run through who tries the chip but sends it over the bar. Arsenal looking more and more lively going into the last 20 mins.

68′ Iwobi plays in Ozil, who’s close range effort is blocked by Olsson.

68′ Foster forced to make fine save from Ozil.

65′ West Brom last substitution used on Craig Gardner replacing James McClean.

64′ Giroud gives West Brom a free kick in their box.

64′ Arsenal have first corner.

62′ Arsenal appeal for another penalty. Elneny takes a stumble after being possibly fouled outside the box. Tough call.

60′ Foul by Rondon on Monreal.

59′ Arsenal appeal for penalty. Iwobi goes down in the box, but not given by referee Jon Moss.

58′ Foul by Monreal.

56′ Ramsey wins a free kick in the Arsenal half.

54′ West Brom win free-kick in the defensive half. Foul by Monreal.

51′ Good long-range headed effort from McClean, crossed by Dawson (West Brom). Saved by Cech.

50′ Foul by Koscielny.

49′ Corner for West Brom cleared by Cech.

48′ Giroud spins then shoots from the outside-left of the box. Foster comfortably saves.

46′ West Brom kick off the second half. Subs for West Brom: Rondon and Olsson replace Sandro and Chester.

Half Time: Arsenal 2-0 West Brom


45’+1 Foul by Ozil. Yacob wins West Brom a free kick.

43′ Lovely play by Arsenal. Ozil comes very close to picking out Monreal in the box.

42′ Booking for McAuley.

38′ GOAL! Sanchez scores a fine right footed free-kick from outside the box. 2-0 to the Gunners.


38′ Ramsey fouled after a clever run through the centre of the field. Free kick on the edge of the box.

36′ Arsenal are pushing high up the field.

33′ Ozil shoot from 20 yards. Foster is heated but Dawson clears off the line.

31′ Bellerin cuts in, plays a one-two with Giroud then fire high and wide to the right.

29′ McAuley hits the bar with a glancing header. Would of beat Cech (Arsenal) if it was on target.

27′ Corner conceded by Arsenal. Sanchez mis-controls the ball towards his own arm, West Brom want a penalty.

27′ West Brom come close. Fletcher’s first time shot is their best attack so far.

25′ Berahino wins a free kick in the Arsenal half.

24′ Bellerin almost hits the top right corner with his right footed shot. Assisted by Sanchez with a lovely weighted back-heel pass.

20′ Ramsey fouls Sandro who had a good run into Arsenal’s half.

18′ Foul by McClean on Bellerin in Arsenal’s defensive half. (West Brom)

16′ Giroud’s contact lens appears to of fallen out. All drama at The Emirates.

13′ Arsenal controlling the game.

10′ Ramsey shot just misses. Assisted by Iwobi.

9′ Ozil comes close. Good defending by McAuley (West Brom) to clear the ball away.

8′ Ozil (Arsenal) wins the free kick in his own half. Foul by Craig Dawson (West Brom)

Goal Assisted by Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal). Firm, hard right-footed shot from outside of the box by Sanchez after he turned Sandro.

5′ GOAL by Sanchez (Arsenal)!


3′ Koscielny (Arsenal), fouled by Berahino (West Brom), wins a free kick inside his own half.

Kick Off: And we’re off, first half begins.

Arsenal Team News, Starting XI: Cech, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Elneny, Ramsey, Sanchez, Özil, Iwobi, Giroud.

Subs: Gabriel, Ospina, Walcott, Chambers, Welbeck, Campbell, Coquelin.

West Brom Team News, Starting XI: Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Evans, Chester, Fletcher, Sandro, Yacob, Sessegnon, Berahino, McLean.

Subs: Olsson, Gardner, Anichebe, Myhill, McManaman, Rondón, Leko.

Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion: Kick Off 19:45