When I'm in the UK I always try and make an effort to make my way up to the north of the country and in particular to Manchester, it is a city with an amazining musical heritage and also home to plenty of great record stores.
The next part of the Record Stores of the World feature includes an unexpected stop in Surrey, a journey to the south west coast of England and then a trip to Boardmasters Festival in Newquay to see our mates Hockey Dad and West Thebarton make theur UK festival debuts.
After a week or so trekking across Spain and Portugal I find myself in Barcelona for the Primavera Sound Festival and the related Primavera Pro conference. I don't have a lot of time for checking out record stores but I manage to spend some hours fitting it into the schedule.
Between The Great Escape conference and festival in the UK and Primavera Pro & Sound in Spain, I had approximately a week to spend somewhere in Europe checking out the record stores of a couple of cities. Seeing I was already headed to Spain and I hadn't checked much of the record store scene on previous visits to the country, and I'd never even been to neighbouring Portugal, I decided to focus on some of the bigger cities of those two countries. First up it is the capital of Spain, Madrid.