Much-loved independent record shop joins Bristol’s Wapping Wharf

Longwell Records

Longwell Records, which has welcomed a long line of big-name and emerging musicians into its Keynsham shop over the years, is launching a shop at Wapping Wharf, Bristol.

The popular harbourside neighbourhood will be the home of Longwell Records’ second shop, stocking new and used vinyl records and t-shirts with designs by local artists including Oli T and Inkie. It is due to open in the coming weeks – date to be confirmed.

Longwell Records’ first shop opened in 2016 on Temple Street, Keynsham, with artists including Razorlight, Amber Run, Billy Nomates, Mike Peters, The Allergies, Phoxjaw and Jade Bird having performed there.

Bristol-born Iain Aitchison, who grew up in Southmead and describes himself as “a lover of all things Bristol”, said: “I’m really looking forward to becoming part of Wapping Wharf’s very supportive independent community and bringing some added spice to an area that is already a fantastic location. I am hoping to bring some quite big names to our new home, making the most of the great relationships we have with many record labels.”

Iain opened Longwell Records’ shop in Keynsham after a 30 year-career in the NHS as a substance misuse worker and support worker, supporting people with learning disabilities. A EuroMillions lottery winner helped Iain launch his Keynsham shop, by offering him six months’ worth of rent, after spotting his potential as a shopkeeper.

“My shop has grown into something quite special; it’s very inclusive and supportive of the local arts and music scene. We stock new and used vinyl with a great reputation for price and for our friendly approach. We know our customers by name, and vice versa, and often have conversations about things going on in their day-to-day life, a mutually supportive relationship.”

The new shop will be located in CARGO 2, at Wapping Wharf, the unit formerly home to ethical clothing shop Found Hea. Found Hea has closed its doors after three years to focus on its new venture with Fig 1 at Quakers Friars.

Stuart Hatton, managing director at Umberslade, the developer behind Wapping Wharf, said: “We are thrilled to welcome Iain and his team to Wapping Wharf. It’s brilliant that they are bringing something completely new to the already eclectic mix of independent businesses that call the neighbourhood their home. We also wish Found Hea all the best with their exciting Quakers Friars venture and thank them for being a wonderful part of the community.”

Wapping Wharf is in the heart of Bristol’s historical and cultural quarter, with its tree-lined pedestrian and cycle route, Gaol Ferry Steps, providing an important connection between south Bristol to the city centre.

Now home to more than 40 independent businesses, many of which are based within CARGO – a popular hub made of converted shipping containers, Wapping Wharf is home to some of the city’s best independent restaurants, shop, cafes and lifestyle businesses.