Exciting times for music lovers in Twickenham! The resurgence of vinyl records (what do you mean you hadn’t heard! Come ON people!) is even reaching the mean streets of downtown ‘Nam. On Church Street, the former Langtons book store turned short-lived Food Hall is being transformed into a new record store. Under the banner of Eel Pie Records the new business brings something a little bit different to Twickenham whilst also referencing the town’s rich musical heritage. Sounds like a good combination eh?
Co-founder Kevin Jones told twickerati, “We will be full of brand new and quality second hand vinyl and CDs. And damn fine coffee. We’re planning various events like classic album nights, launching new releases, live performances”. Shop staff will also be able to help punters get themselves set up with a new turntable to enjoy that old vinyl magic or just advise on what’s hot. Shoppers, browsers, coffee drinkers and anyone just looking to soak up the atmosphere is welcome to drop by. They might even be interested in your old vinyl if it’s in good nick, although your collection of “Now That’s What I Call Music” compilations might not be what they’re looking for.
Kevin and fellow co-founder Phil Penman aren’t new to the local music scene, they’ve been putting on live music events in Twickenham for a few years under the Drumfire Live banner but setting up a record shop has always been an ambition. And now it’s finally happening. Good luck to ’em.
The former bookstore store will also be home to Ricardo’s Cellar, a project of Last Try Wines head honcho Ricardo Garcia and a Limpopo biltong store.
Eel Pie Records opens on Thursday June 8th. It’s going to be a big day. Why not vote with your feet and get down there to support all of these new ventures. We’ll namecheck them all again soon in our next High Street Update so look out for that.