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Tele Recommends: Northern Ireland's best record shops

We've consulted the experts to bring you the best Northern Ireland has to offer - the places, the food, the music, the craic.

Terri Hooley in his Good Vibrations record store
Terri Hooley in his Good Vibrations record store

DJ Hix, Cool FM’s evening show host and club DJ, award-winning Hix is the consummate “vinyl junkie”, trekking the record shops of Northern Ireland and beyond to find that elusive white label.

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Asked to name Northern Ireland's five best  he recommends...

Good Vibrations, North Street, Belfast

When recommending record stores in NI, it's simply impossible to ignore Good Vibrations in Belfast. Founded in the 1970s by Terri Hooley, it boasts an incredible charm that is hard to resist. Some true classics can be found in this legendary store.

Sick Records, North Street, Belfast, 028 9031 9358

A hidden gem on North Street in Belfast, this is one of the newer record stores in town and boasts a broad range of eclectic vinyl and rare releases in a welcoming, vibrant atmosphere. The staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable, which always helps!

Cool Discs, Foyle Street, Londonderry, 028 7126 0770

One of the longest running record stores around, Cool Discs has always been a hub for music lovers in the north west. Extremely knowledgable and friendly staff will help you explore an extensive vinyl and CD collection.

Head, CastleCourt, Belfast, 028 9023 7226

Along with a vast selection of the latest CDs, DVDs, games and merchandise, Head hosts an impressive array of vinyl albums from some of the world's biggest artists and bands.

Dragon Records, Wellington Place, Belfast, 07542 285 995

A visit to Dragon Records is a must for vinyl-hunters. Start rummaging through an eclectic range of genres, including rare 7-inch records, and you could find yourself here for hours unearthing some true musical gems.

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