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DIVERSE MUSIC

Diverse – a shop, a label and a mail-order business – proves Wales has plenty of room for more than one famous record-shop institution. Garth Cartwright heads to the ’port to find out how a small indie record store became a go-to vinyl destination

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NEWPORT, WALES

South Wales may be home to the world’s oldest record shop – Spillers of Cardiff – but Diverse Music in nearby Newport is also a truly legendary vinyl emporium. Initially opening in 1988, Diverse has gone through changes of ownership and location over its three-decade existence. Throughout, the retailer has maintained its position as not just a unique independent record shop, but also a vinyl hotspot. Co-owners Matt Jarrett and Paul Hawkins tell the story of a visionary independent record shop.

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