Two events in Northampton this weekend will mark ‘record’ anniversary

Alex Novak
Alex Novak

Independent music shop Spiral Archive celebrates 15 years of business this weekend with two events to mark the anniversary.

The shop, run by Alex Novak, has been providing an outlet for vinyl lovers since 1999 as well as supporting the town’s local music scene.

Mr Novak, who has played in a number of bands including Venues Fly Trap, said: “Being involved in bands and being a music fan, I wanted to use that knowledge to start a business. It always helps doing something you have an interest in.

“You don’t really notice the time until you move site, sit down and properly think about it.

“For a record shop to survive this length of time now-a-days is good I’d say, considering most of the problems that face independent shops in towns and cities.”

Spiral Archive is currently in St Michael’s Road, but has occupied a number of sites across the town including The Fishmarket and Wellington Street.

Mr Novak, who also DJs and promotes gigs in the town, said the revival of retro and the resurgence of vinyl has been one of the things behind Spiral Archives’ longevity in Northampton.

He said: “Any independent shop will give a town a flavour or it’s just the same everywhere.

“I enjoy being my own boss and having musicians’ hours - but a lot of work goes into buying and promotion.

“Some people come in to sell their collections but I also buy stock from other shops when I’m elsewhere.

“I think real rarities are unlikely to be found in record shops nowadays because people just put stuff online but you still get people coming in and finding the record they’ve been looking for.”

To mark a decade and a half in business, Spiral Archive is holding a daytime in-store event from 11am until 4pm on Saturday, August 16.

There will be half price vinyl offers, deals on CDs and in store appearances.

Celebrations will then move to the nearby Charles Bradlaugh were, from 9pm, Rob Glover, Alex Novak and Andy Skank will all be DJing into the early hours.

Admission to both events is free.