A new record store has opened in South London.
Upside Down Records is the newest addition to Deptford High Street and aims to be a "social hub for music heads". It specialises in secondhand vinyl and CDs, and so far pre-loved stock includes genres like house, reggae, drum & bass, IDM, jazz, funk, fusion and more. There are also plans to sell Hi-Fi and DJ equipment, curated by audio gear technician Mike Hall.
The shop is run by Philippe Giron, who managed Camberwell's beloved Rat Records for 15 years until its closure in June 2022. "Record shops may have a reputation for being intimidating sometimes, but I believe you won’t find that here", Giron wrote on the store's website. "I go out of my way to find my customers what they want, whether it’s my bag or not — simple as that. I’m always amazed by the level of passion from customers, and find that to be contagious. That’s why I’m starting Upside Down Records, to keep my passion alive."
Earlier this year, Eileen Pegg spoke to the people behind some of the UK's key record stores on how to survive as a business in 2023.