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Arklow’s hidden gem has record hunters spinning

Beat that Records in Arklow is now one of the hot spots in the country when it comes to vinyl.

Record hunters come from all over Ireland to spend hours going through thousands of records which include 78’s, 7 inch singles and of course the loved LP that has come back from the dead.

The records are meticulously graded and you can pick up a perfect album for as little as €3 if you are lucky, but if you are really lucky, you could pick up that gem that has been missing from your collection for years.

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift and love music, you will be absolutely fascinated, and could spend hours, flicking through the albums in their racks, and browsing the shelves at Beat That Records, on Main Street, Arklow! This specialised music store is ideal for collectors or lovers of music – you never know what you might come across.

Owner James Charlton’s first 7” purchase was The Jam’s ‘Beat Surrender’, hence the name of the shop, and its logo’s nod towards Paul Weller & Co.’s record label, Polydor.

James himself has a vast knowledge of music, which he is willing to share with customers and if he doesn’t know there is always likely to be a customer who does.

Music titles range from Abba to ZZ Top and back again, here are also a wide range of books and CD’s in store.

Pop in and take a look through the thousands of quality used vinyl records in stock, LPs and 7″ singles, covering most genres. Also in stock is a large selection of used CDs with new stock hitting the shelves all the time.

On our visit to Beat That we spoke to a customer who had taken the bus to Arklow, just for a day trip not even knowing about the record store, he had walked down the Main Street and could not believe it when he spotted the place, here is what he had to say “The place is like an Aladdin’s cave, I thought places like this were gone forever, it has brought me back to my youth and is an amazing find, I will be telling everyone how great it is but not before I have made a return visit and have a good root through the place.”

Beat That Records will be open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and every Sunday up until Christmas eve from 12 noon till 4pm.

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