Young people are driving a worldwide resurgence of vinyl LPs

“Vinyl has become hip and fashionable,” says Fresh Music MD and host of Solid Gold Benjy Mudie.

The discovery of “old-school” music by those in their teens and twenties is partly responsible for the resurgence of vinyl, according to Mudie. “A lot of young people are turning away from disposable pop music and embracing music made decades ago.”

Vinyl LP sales are skyrocketing in SA and all over the world

Mudie’s company, Vinyl Junky, has seen its sales increase hundredfold in the last year. In the UK sales have increased by about 200 000 to around 1-million units over the last 12 months. “We ascribe the boom to increasing numbers of young people buying vinyl.

“Vinyl is a very visceral thing,” continues Mudie. “Many people feel that digital is cold and disposable; especially, I find, very young people.”

Turntable sales are also booming

The quality of contemporary vinyl LPs have improved and companies are developing new turntables for the first time in decades.

“Many artists nowadays are recording on analogue equipment and releasing their music on vinyl,” says Mudie.

“Digital is here to stay, but vinyl never died. It won’t ever be what it was 30 years ago, but it’ll still be around decades from now.”

9 great places to find Vinyl LPs:

  1. Mabu Vinyl (Cape Town)

  2. Revolution Records (Cape Town) - 072 769 8362

  3. Voom Voom Vintage (Cape Town) - 082 580 4367

  4. Multi-Racial Records (Pretoria)

  5. iSalon Music Recordings (Pretoria) - 012 346 3474

  6. Record Mad (Johannesburg)

  7. Jazz Avenue (Johannesburg) - 011 053 7565

  8. Just CDs (Johannesburg) - 011 403 4000

  9. Deerhunter (Cape Town)

  10. Mabu Vinyl (Pretoria, Hatfield Market) - 082 556 8321

Can you add to this list? Please leave a comment below…

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Some of our listeners share their views and music guru Sean Brokensha discusses the history of vinyl:

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