Bristol record shop Idle Hands is to close at its current location.
The shop is a key fixture in the city, acting as a vinyl hub, a distributor, a promoter, and record label. Indeed, Idle Hands has come to define for many Bristol’s idiosyncrasies, and the outsider ethos that fuels its incredible club culture.
Sadly, the combined force of omicron and Brexit has caused a drastic drop in footfall, meaning that Idle Hands is closing at its current location. In a social media post, founder Chris Farrell explained that trading circumstances had changed, and launched a Crowdfunder to help establish the shop at different premises.
He writes: “Since Omicron hit just before Christmas the shop has struggled, with less people popping in and Brexit making EU trade pretty much unworkable for a business this small. These are tricky times, but I do believe Idle Hands still has a future. A future that involves a more centrally located premises, a refresh and a new strategy to make the business more sustainable.”
Slashing prices for in-store purchases, Idle Hands has also overhauled its Discogs page. Finishing, Chris Farrell writes:
“We love our customers and appreciate every single bit of support we’ve received over the years, whether that’s buying records, supporting our nights or sharing our posts on social media. All of that matters, but right now without the cash needed to make it through that transition we may be forced to close permanently. Dig deep if you can and help us out by sharing this campaign.”
Check out the Idle Hands Crowdfunder online.
Find the full statement from Idle Hands below.