Posted By admin on April 19th, 2013

A guide to Sydney’s indie record stores by Sydney’s indie record stores. You can download the map, complete with walking tour route suggestions, or find printed versions in all the listed stores and surrounding shops and cafes. Of course, the experience doesn’t  just stop at the boundaries of our map, so use this guide as a place to start and then keep hunting off the beaten path, because that’s where all the action happens.


Store Guide 2019

Welcome to Sydney’s record stores. Touring vinyl emporia is a great way to see a city, this guide is put together with that in mind and uses the Sydney’s CBD as a starting point. You’ll also find some useful transport tips because for shops further afield, over-nighters could be a fun idea. The stores listed below are split into zones for ease of navigation. 

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Every tour has to start sonewhere, so it makes sense to start in the middle of Sydney’s CBD. Just next to Town Hall you’ll find Sydney stallwarts, Red Eye Records nestled downstairs behind the Queen Victoria Building. Just a short walk south from here gets you to Utopia, home of punk and hard rock.

Head north of Town hall and you’ll get to Birdland and Mojo Record Bar. This will place you in the vicinity of Circular Quay, from where you can take ferries to all sorts of great places around greater Sydney, including the stunning journey out to Parramatta’s Beatdisc, and Manly’s Desire.

George Street is Sydney’s North-South spine, orient yourself to this and everything else should make sense! Access Sydney Ferries, from Circular Quay, which is on the City Circle train line




Lower Ground Flr, 511 Kent St, (entrance on Bathurst St), Sydney 2000 
(02) 9571 6662 | contact @ utopia.com.au
www.utopia.com.au | facebook.com/UtopiaRecordsOfficial | instagram : utopiarecords
Mon-Sat: 9am-6pm | Thur: 9am-8pm | Sun: 12pm-4pm
Est. 1978 – Family owned independent record store specialising in Metal, Rock, Punk plus Rare & Collectable pressings as well as Bargain Bins. Over 5,000 New & Used vinyl in stock. Heaps of USA, UK, Euro & Japanese pressings. New stock arriving several times a week. We pay top dollar for your Vinyl & CD collections large and small.
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143 York St, Sydney
(02) 9267 7440
mail @ redeye.com.au | 
facebook.com/redeyeaustralia | @redeyerecords | instagram : redeyerecords
Mon-Wed: 9am-6pm | Thur: 9am-9pm | Fri-Sat: 9am-6pm | Sun: 10pm-5pm
Australia’s largest independent record store, established 1981, and now centrally located near Sydney Town Hall, opposite the QVB. Massive range of new and used vinyl, CDs, DVDs etc, and special order department second to none. Old-school shop ambience with friendly, helpful staff.
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Basement Level, 73 York Street, Sydney
(02) 9262 4999 | dan @ mojorecordbar.com
www.mojorecordbar.com | facebook.com/MojoMusicSydney | @mojorecordbar
Tue-Wed: 12pm-6pm | Thurs-Fri: 12pm-9pm
Mojo Record Bar – Vinyl specialists. We buy and trade for collections large and small. A record store in the front and a bar out back. We stock a good mix of new release, reissue and secondhand vinyl of all genres. People can grab a drink from the bar and bring it into the store to flick through the racks or just hang out.
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#3, Level 4, 428 George Street (Dymocks Bldg)
(02) 9231 1188 | orders @ birdland.com.au
www.birdland.com.au | facebook: birdland.sydneyaustralia
instagram : @birdland.records
Tue-Fri: 10am-5:30pm | Sat: 9:30am-4:30pm.
28 years old and still going strong.  Birdland Records opened in October 1991. We stock a vast range of jazz (including just about every Australian jazz release), blues, soul and world titles on CD, SACD, Blu-spec CD and Vinyl LP, from labels like ECM, Blue Note, Tzadik, ACT, Winter&Winter, Sunnyside, Cuneiform etc.  Twice weekly imports from the US, Japan, and Europe. We stock new audiophile Vinyl LPs from Analogue Productions, Mobile Fidelity, Blue Note, Verve etc. We also stock secondhand Vinyl LPs and cds. We’ve released a number of jazz albums, 2 of which won ARIAs for the best Jazz Album.
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Just to the east of the CBD – across Hyde Park – is Sydney’s Eastside, which is  where you’ll find independent retail, creatives, lots of great food and Sydney’s finest clubs. You can get there across either Hyde Park or the Domain or up the hill from China Town. This ridgeline overlooks the city and is a 4k long trail of indie retail, food, drink, night spots and boutique hotels.

From the CBD, Eastside is only a few minutes walk away. Heading due East from Town Hall Station along Park Street, then William Street will get you to the Coke Sign in King’s Cross. Other ways into East Sydney are: across the Domain (past the Art Gallery NSW) to Wooloomooloo steps, up Oxford St from Hyde Park South, under the train viaducts from Haymarket to Surry Hills or from Central Station South into Strawberry Hills. Just some of the buses to oxford Street are: 373, 380, 394, L94, M10, M40. King’s Cross has a train station on the Eastern Suburbs line.



134A Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst
(02) 8094 8520 | radiofreealice @ gmail.com
www.radiofreealice.comfacebook.com/radiofreealice/ instagram.com/radiofreealice/
Mon-Wed: 11am-7pm | Thurs 11am-8pm | Fri: 11am-7pm | Sat 11am-6pm | Sun 2pm-6pm
Radio Free Alice. Specialist in vinyl releases across all genres. We also stock imported CDs, DVDs and books.
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34/277 Crown Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9380 8223| counter @ recordstore.com.au
www.recordstore.com.au | facebook.com/recordstoresydney | instagram : recordstoresyd

Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat: 10am-6pm | Thurs 10am-7pm | Sun 12pm-5pm
NOTE THE NEW ADDRESS. We buy, sell and trade. Since 2003. Specialists in Aussie electronic music, we regularly import 12″s and have loads of pre-loved $10 singles from private collections. We carry an obscurely curated selection of new and vintage Rock, Indie, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Blues & Reggae LPs as well as loads of $10 second hand records. We stock turntables, needles, headphones & accessories. We also de-warp & deep clean vinyl and record vinyl to digital. 
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Sydney’s North is loosely divided by Middle Harbour into the North Shore and the Northern Beaches. The Northern Beaches are a little tricky to get to seeing as how there is no train line and so a bus or ferry you’ll have to take or the traffic you’ll have to brave. This is, however, an excellent day trip and buses and ferry’s are frequent; then again you could always book an overnight stay up that way because the Northern Beaches are one of Sydney’s beautiful natural wonders.

Crows Nest: There’s a bus stand behind the QVB on York St. (next to Town Hall) Routes 252, 254, 286, 290. Northern Beaches: Buses leave regularly from the park at Wynyard Station or hire a car and tour the beaches.



3 Whistler St, Manly 

(02) 9977 0888 | info @ pigeonground.com
www.pigeonground.com | facebook.com/pigeonground | Instagram : @pigeongroundrecords
OPEN 6 days: 10am-5pm | Closed Tuesdays
With fresh stock added every week, we stock quality 2nd hand and new vinyl with a focus on LPs and 12″ from the “vinyl years” of the 20th century from blues and jazz to classic rock, funk and disco to experimental, the esoteric and everything in between. Previously trading as Pigeon Ground Records in Camperdown, we’ve teamed up with a 2nd hand bookshop in Manly now, which is just a short (and pleasant) ferry ride from Sydney’s CBD.
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870 Pittwater Road, Dee Why
02 9982 7353 | sandysmusic @ hotmail.com
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5.30pm | Sat: 9am-4pm
Sandys Music started selling vinyl on the Northern Beaches 44 years ago in in 1973 as a family business & we are still doing it today .We cover all genres of music in both vinyl and cd and have new stock arriving daily.
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Only a couple of train stops from the Sydney CBD and just beyond the University of Sydney is Newtown, the gateway to Sydney’s Bohemian heart: the Inner West. Newtown’s main drag, King Street, has a fantastic cluster of record shops around the station – you can walk in almost any direction and find yourself a vinyl retailer!
The area is replete with antique, fashion and eccentric retail shops along with many, many food options. With tonnes of small bars annd music venues, it’s also fast becoming Sydney’s vinyl hub, so no tour of this city is complete without a day spent on King and Enmore Streets

Parking in Newtown is notoriously hard to find… so bus or train are your best bets.
Train: Platform 19 from Central or Platform 1 from Town Hall.
Bus: Railway Square, Stand C, 422, 423, 426, 428, M30.



567 King Street, Newtown
(02) 9517 3324 | 567king @ gmail.com
www.567king.comfacebook.com/567king | instagram : 567king
Mon-Wed: 11am-6pm | Thurs: 11am-8pm | Fri: 11am-8pm | Sat: 10am-5pm | Sun: 11am-4pm
567 King are the Sydney Hip Hop Specialists. We sell a wide range of local and international Hip Hop on vinyl and CD, plus a selection of funk, breaks, soul and reggae on wax. We also have an extensive range of graffiti art supplies, books, clothing and more!
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550 King Street, Newtown
(02) 9557 7440 | info @ classic-hifi.net
Tue-Sun: 10am-6pm
Hundreds of LPs in stock – Our main offering is what’s needed to play vinyl on – specialising in vintage turntables, amplifiers, speakers, about 150 at any one time, all from the 70s & 80s, fully serviced, all with our warranty.

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413 King St, Newtown
(02) 9557 6237 | info @ repressedrecords.com
www.repressedrecords.com | Instagram.com/repressedrecords
Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm | Sunday: 11am-5pm
Specialist in new Australian and independent vinyl releases. Also stocking a wide variety of secondhand records. Punk, Metal, Hip Hop, Experimental, Electronic, Jazz, Rock, Pop and more! We also have a decent secondhand book section (presented by Steady Books) with an emphasis on the arts: music, film, fashion, art and design.
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3 Wilson Street, Newtown
(02) 9550 6056 | info @ eggrecords.com
www.eggrecords.com | facebook.com/Egg-Records-162119267137836
Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat: 10am-6pm | Thurs: 10am-7pm | Sun: 11am-5pm
Egg Records is the place to find an extensive range of new and used LPs, 7″, CD’s, DVD, T-SHIRTS and MEMORABILIA  of every type of genre. New stock weekly. We now offer a record cleaning service for your precious vinyl…. Like us on Facebook as well.
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271 King Street, Newtown
(02) 9550 3553 | 
humonking @ hum.com.au
www.hum.com.au | facebook.com/HUM.MUSIC
Mon -Thurs 9:30am-9.30pm | Fri-Sat: 9.30am-10pm | Sun 10am-8pmHum on King is the premier music store of the Inner West established in 2000. We stock an eclectic range of new release LPs & CDs with a comprehensive back catalogue across all genres. Official stockist of Audio Technica turntables and headphones. New vinyl sale stock arriving weekly. We stock a wide range of DVD’s and Blu Rays of TV Series, World Cinema, Film Noir, Anime, Doco’s  & Art-house.  We also have a special order service second to none.

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463 King St, Newtown
(02) 9519 1714 | info @ networkconnectionrecords.com
facebook.com/networkconnectionrecs | @networkconnectionrecords

Tue-Wed: 12.00-18.00 | Thur: 12.00-19.00 | Fri: 12-18.00 | Sat: 11.00-18.00 | Sun: 12.00-17.00
Network Connection is a physical and web store based in Newtown – Sydney, stocking a select range of new and used records and tapes. We support local and independently run labels and feature regular imports from some of the worlds finest distributors of independent music, spanning House, Techno, Disco, New Wave, Ambient, Jazz and more +
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488 King st, Newtown
somethingelsesydney @ gmail.com
somethingelserecords.com.au | facebook.com/somethingelserecordstore
Thurs-Fri: 11am-7pm | Sat-Sun: 11am-5pm
Stocking the latest house, techno & varied electronica vinyl, as well as selected 2nd hand collections. Also DJ equipment such as; Allen & Heath and Numark mixers, Au dio Technica & Refurbished Technics Turntables, headphones, stylus / carts, slipmatts, cleaning products.
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182 Enmore Rd, Enmore
0419 817 666 | contact cottonmouthlabel @ gmail.com
www.cottonmouth-records.com | facebook.com/cottonmouthrecords | 
instagram : cottonmouthrecords
Tues-Sun: 12pm-12am
Est. 2015 – Cottonmouth Records is a record label, record store and small bar that stocks a large range of vinyl with a focus on hard to get new and second hand vinyl releases. Beer Whisky Vinyl.
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109 Enmore Rd, Newtown 
Mon-Fr: 11am-7pm | Sat: 11am-6pm | Sun: 12pm-6pm
Purveyors of dead peoples’ music on obsolete technologies

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498A King Street, Newtown
02 9565 1804 halcyondazerecords @ gmail.com
www.halcyondazerecords.com | instagram : halcyondazerecords
Wed: 11am-5pm| Thu: 11am-6pm | Fri: 11am-5pm | Sat: 10am-6pm | Sun: 12pm-5pm.
Here on south king street, we seek out the lost, the weird and all things wonderful in the world of vinyl. Offering up a melting pot of classics and obscurities with a tip towards a soulful, funky jazz vibe and things in-between. Also have vintage turntables, amplifiers and other music ephemera rolling through the store.

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While not as central as the Newtown cluster, the Inner West shops are all well worth a visit. Just a few bus stops down Parramatta Road you’ll find the Vintage Record just up from the Annandale Hotel. One step further and just 5 minutes down the road from Sydenham train Station and you are in bustling Marrickville: one of Sydney’s best foodie suburbs. This is the home of RPM Records Posters Memorabilia, a mecca for music lovers, and Resist records, freshly re-located from Newtown. You find Sounds Espresso – a music-themed cafe – nestled in among Marrickville’s industrial area where more than a few small bars are popping up.

Parramatta Road Buses from Railway Square (next to Central Station) Stand D 436, 439, 440, 461, 480, 483, M10,  Marrickville has a train station as does Alexandria “Green Square” and are also serviced by various buses. M30, 413, 418, 425, 426



31A Parramatta Rd, Annandale
(02) 9550 4667 | shop @ thevintagerecord.com
Mon-Fri: 11am-6pm (ish) | Sat-Sun: 11am-5pm
Specialising in quality vinyl across all genres, regular import orders and overseas buying trips means the stock is constantly updated. It’s never boring in a record shop… Especially ours!
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268 Victoria Road | Marrickville
(02) 9572 6959 | info @ soundsespresso.com.au
Mon-Wed: 10am-6pm | Thurs: 10am-8pm | Fri:10am-6pm | Sat: By Appointment | Sun: 12pm-6pm
Sounds Espresso is a retro-style licensed music cafe located in Marrickville. We serve up a great brew and juicy beats & pieces. Come for a dig, some cake or to just put your feet up with a cup of lovingly brewed coffee.
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113 Marrickville Road | Marrickville
02 9569 3465 | sales @ rpmrecords.com.au
www.rpmrecords.com.au | facebook.com/RPMMUSICMEMORABILIA
Mon-Sun: 11am-7pm | Fri & Sat: 10am-7pm
RPM Records is Sydney’s ultimate destination for music lovers. We have an impressive collection of Vintage and New Vinyl, CD’s, cassettes, DVD’s, also Music Gig Posters, Books, T-Shirts, and a unique and rare collection of Framed Vintage Music Memorabilia for sale. Something for every taste and budget. We buy, sell, and trade and would love to show you our old school shop next to the Gasoline Pony, so drop in next time you’re near Marrickville or Sydenham Station! Great parking on weekends.
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38 Chapel St, Marrickville
(02) 9557 8771 | info @ resistrecords.com
Mon-Wed: 10.30am to 5.30pm | Thurs: 10.30am-6pm | Fri: 10.30am – 5.30pm | Sat: 10.30am – 5.00pm | Sun: 10.30am-4pm
Founded in 1996, Resist is a Marrickville based emporium dealing in all things punk and hardcore music related, stocking everything from local bands to internationals – big and small.
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Parramatta is often called Sydney’s second CBD. You can catch a ferry up there from Circular Quay, or a train from Central. The place has a lot to offer in terms of culture, food, drink and shopping. The crew at Beatdisc can provide you with hot tips on how to spend a day locally. Our regional sisters and brothers are the farthest stores on the map and while not technically Sydney, we are all one big happy family and isn’t it great to know that whether you’re tripping to the Gong, Blue Mountains or Mudgee (the land of milk & honey & wine), Canberra – our nation’s capital – or using the Windsor area as a base, you can have a quality dig out those ways too.

Parramatta & Richmond: Central Station Train Platform 18. Town Hall Train Platform 2. Parramatta Ferry Circular Quay F3 – it’s a lovely cruise. Katoomba by train or car is 2 hours so seriously, stay a night or two, it’s lovely up there! Canberra by very fast train (caution, you’ll also need to travel to the parallel dimension in which our politicians got their  s**t together to build this 😉



Shop 11 Queensland Arcade
181 Church St, Parramatta
02 9891 9330 | info @ beatdisc.com.au
www.beatdisc.com.au |  facebook.com/beatdisc | instagram : beatdisc
Mon-Wed,Fri: 10am-5:30pm | Thur: 10am-8pm | Sat: 10am-4:30pm | Sun: 11am-4pm
Established in 1995, Beatdisc Records stocks new, used and rare LPs, CDs & Cassettes, as well as turntables and accessories. We have a dedicated focus on vinyl across a wide range of genres (both import and local), with over 7000 titles in-stock and always growing. We also offer customer orders, mail order and host in-store performances. Vinyl stock arriving and processed daily.
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9 Coronation St, Hornsby
0411 046 796 (Peter) | getmoving at bigpond.com
Mon-Sat: 10:30am-8:30pm
Always an interesting selection of used vinyl and cds across all genres, specialising in jazz, soundtracks and 1960s. Always buying; HAVE CASH WILL TRAVEL. Heaps of $5 bargains
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60 Railway Cres Jannali NSW 2226
0421 085 458 | info @ saucerecords.com.au
www.saucerecords.com.au | facebook.com/saucerecordsaustralia
Wed-Fri 10am-4:30pm | Sat 10am-2pm
Sauce Records stocks a great selection of new and used vinyl, CDs, Music related DVDs, Books, T-shirts, Framed Prints, Audio Equipment, Guitar Accessories and more. They have a wide variety of different genres that they stock and if they don’t have it in stock they will try to source it for you.
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228 Keira Street, Wollongong NSW 2500
(02) 4228 0459 | mail @ musicfarmers.com
Mon-Wed: 10am-6pm | Thu: 10am-7pm | Fri:10am – 6pm | Sat: 10am-4pm | Sun: 11am-3pm
Vinyl specialist record shop in central Wollongong established in 2004. Stocking latest releases and classic reissues  on new vinyl as well as a large range of second hand vinyl. We also stock Turntables, books, cds, dvds and host occasional instore shows.
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118 Bathurst Road, Katoomba
(02) 4782 5277 | 0404 478 468 | thevelvetfog @ bigpond.com
Mon-Sat: 10:00am-5:00pm | Closed Sunday
With a brand new premises, Velvet Fog in Katoomba is a diggers’ paradise, so if you are heading up to the Blue Mountains for a weekend check out our huge range of quality records of all genres, books, cds, dvds and stereo equipment. We also buy, sell, repair service and carry parts for vintage and modern hi-fi.
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30 Garema Place, Canberra, ACT
(02) 6248 9220 | info @ landspeed.com.au
Mon-Thurs: 10am-6pm | Fri: 10am-9pm | Sat: 10am-5pm | Sun: 11am-4pm
Established in 1994 Landspeed Records is Canberra’s leading independent music store. We stock a comprehensive range of Indie, Punk, Hardcore, Metal, Hip Hop, and Dance CDs and Records. A huge range of band merch and new and vintage ladies fashion + more!
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0413 999 691 | howlandmoanrecords @ gmail.com
facebook.com/howlandmoanrecords/ | @howlandmoanrecords
Open 7 days per week: 9am-5.30pm – Surf conditions permitting!
Live music Every Tuesday night. Byron Bay’s only Record Store, stocking new and used vinyl records, cassettes, turntables & accessories, band merchandise & memorabilia, posters, vintage clothing, espresso coffee & live music every Tuesday night.  Focusing on the all genres specialising in local, independent and alternative music. Special orders taken and we ship nationally & internationally.
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3 Hat Hill Rd, Blackheath NSW 2785

02 4787 7033 | info @ hathillgallery.com.au
Mon: 10am-5pm | Tue-Wed: Closed | Thurs-Sat: 10am-5pm | Sun: 9:30am-3pm
Hat Hill Gallery is a destination record store.  We specialise in new and collectable vinyl from the 1950s onwards, covering most genres.
Located in an original 1920’s printing factory in Blackheath within the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains National Park, we are an easy two-hours drive from Sydney’s CBD.
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3/2a Raymond Road, Thirroul, 2515

(02) 4268 0593 | frankswildyearsthirroul @ gmail.com
Mon-Tue: Closed | Wed-Thurs: 10am-3pm & 5pm-10pm | Fri: 10am-3pm & 5pm-12am | Sat: 11am-12am | Sun: 11am-10pm
Over 10,000 second hands records in Sydney’s glorious south. Restaurant, film, vinyl close to the beach 🙂
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Shop 2, 117 Nelson St, Wallsend, 2287
(02) 4001 0583 | 0403755925

www.hissandcrackle.com | facebook.com/hissandcracklerecords
Mon-Fri: 9:30am-5pm | Sat: 10am-2 | Sun: Closed
Located in the western Newcastle suburb of Wallsend just off the F3. Hiss & Crackle offers a great range of New & Pre-loved vinyl records (including imports) along with cassettes and CDs. There is also a Newcastle music section containing a vast array of independent local artists. Other music related items such as tour posters and t-shirts can be found along with an in-store stage which regularly hosts local and touring acts. 
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