At the hotels we all love our local vinyl record shops. Did you know all three of our Concierges own turntables and have substantial vinyl record collections? This month gives us the perfect excuse to go record shopping on Saturday April 22nd, the International Record Store Day. It’s the 10th anniversary of this fabulous day where special limited edition releases flood into record stores and bands play in or outside the shops.
This year our choice of venue is only a few minutes’ walk from our hotels and being only 9 months old it’s one of Melbourne’s newest record shops. Situated in the gorgeous art deco Mitchell House (358 Lonsdale Street), Rock Steady Records is a really cool shop owned by Pat who is fresh from a short stint (14 years) working at Basement Discs and before that the much loved (and much missed) Au gogo Records.
Pat seems to be relishing finally owning his own place and his enthusiasm is evident even before you walk into the shop when you see the amazing large neon sign he had constructed for his first floor window. Inside the shop you’ll find and eclectic mix of all types of good music on either new or second-hand vinyl as well as books, artworks and even turntables.
It’s a vinyl lovers paradise open every day except Sundays, but make sure you check it out on International Record Shop Day when a huge line up of live musicians will get a Rock Steady party vibe happening from about midday. Come along and buy our Concierges a beer or three!