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The trip Cardiff

In the final episode of The Trip, our intrepid vinyl hunter Mark Elliott makes his way to the Welsh capital via Newport
Illustration Ben Talon

Finally reaching Wales, this trip, the last in the series, marks the fourThkingdom in our united isles I’ve visited over the many months since the first issue of Long Live Vinyl and proved to be a fittingly strong conclusion to the run. Cardiff is one of those cities that you immediately feel at home in. I’ve been many times over the years and the renaissance of Cardiff Bay seems indicative of the Welsh capital’s warm but restless appetite for reinvention, while retaining its respect for everything that has gone before. It seems entirely appropriate that Spillers Records, known as the oldest record shop in the world, can be found here, although its 1894 opening was in Queens Arcade and it’s now in the upmarket Morgan Arcade.

A full-circle story, perhaps, but it’s been touch-and-go over the decades, wiTha notable high-profile campaign to save the store around 13 years ago during one of its stickier moments. And it’s not the only long-term survivor in the city, Kellys in the market celebrates its 50Thanniversary this year.

Spillers and Kellys are in the compact Cardiftcentre and there are two very good shops near the university campuses in the north-east of the city.

Newport is a handy neighbouring town to extend the visit and is a short 12-minute journey from Cardiftby train, but you can easily fill a day in Cardiftalone if you are going to really get digging. You could spend a good few hours in D’Vinyl alone!

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About Long Live Vinyl

In issue 26 of Long Live Vinyl we’ve enlisted an all-star cast to tell the inside story of 2 Tone, the label and scene that gave hope to a generation. Jerry Dammers and his former Specials bandmates join members of The Beat and The Selecter to talk us through the history of one of the great British musical movements in a series of exclusive interviews you won’t want to miss. Elsewhere this issue, we speak to Foals and Sleaford Mods about their brilliant new albums, and The Antlers reflect on the 10th anniversary reissue of their cult classic Hospice. We also revisit Pixies’ timeless second album Doolittle on its 30th birthday, meet legendary Buzzcocks designer Malcolm Garrett and visit the best record shops in South Wales. If all that’s not enough, you’ll find reviews of new releases and reissues by the likes of New Order, The Chemical Brothers, The Fall, Gang Of Four and Kevin Morby, plus the latest new turntables, amps and speakers. Enjoy the issue!