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As you’ve no doubt worked out by now, we love record shops. Whether big or small, rocking a minimalist aesthetic or packing enough vinyl into their overflowing crates to wear down several lifetime’s worth of needles, we love how each and every one has something special in store for its customers. From the quirkiest locals to the big, gig-hosting powerhouses, every thirty-odd days we pick one to be our Record Store of the Month. They get a tasty gift from the Record Tokens team, and you get to discover the best independent record shops this country has to offer – it’s a win-win!


March's Record Store of the Month: Strummer Room Records, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Strummer Room Records

This month's winning shop – Strummer Room Records – is Banbury's only independent record shop. The origins of Strummer Room Records began as a music-related project set up by owner Chris Oakes in 2012. The Strummer Room hosted live gigs in and around Oxford and was instrumental in running a village festival featuring 27 bands. In November 2020 Strummer Room Records moved to its current home in Cherwell Business Village. We love that they stock a diverse selection of brand new vinyl, second-hand LPs, CDs, DVDs and music-related books, and we love their active social media profile where they promote new music. 


Chris, owner of the shop, says:

"Our shop is a little unusual as it is situated on the first floor of a building that was originally an Aluminium Works Laboratory, so when we are able to re-open again on 12th April, our customers will need to use the doorbell at the main entrance so that we are able to let them in. We operate an appointment system while still under Covid restrictions, so ask our customers to use our online booking system. Alternatively, they can phone or send us a message.

During the period that Strummer Room Records has been at Cherwell Business Village, I have dramatically changed the business mode and opened accounts with a selection of record labels and distributers. Strummer Room Records are now focussing on brand new vinyl records, classic re-issues, and forthcoming new releases that customers can pre-order via our website and other online platforms. We have also kept a large selection of second-hand stock to ensure that our record buying customers have a great choice.

We are incredibly pleased to have been invited to take part in Record Store Day 2021 and looking forward to this year’s Drops on 12th June and 17th July and it is also great to be selling and accepting Record Tokens."


Congratulations to the entire Strummer Room Records team. We hope you enjoy your red wine and goodies hamper – don't finish it all at once!

You can find Strummer Room Records at Unit F159 Cherwell Business Village, Southam Row, Banbury. Be sure to pop in and give them a visit once record shops are open again – and don't forget your Record Tokens! Until then, check out their website or ping them a message.  


Previous Record Stores of the Month

February 2020 - Badlands Records, Cheltenham

January 2020 - Wax and Beans, Bury, Greater Manchester

December 2020 - Underground Solushn, Edinburgh

November 2020 - Sound Knowledge, Wiltshire

October 2020 - Assai Records, Dundee

September 2020 - Vinyl Exchange, Manchester

August 2020 - Slide Record Shop, Bedford

July 2020 - The Forge, Tonyrefail, Wales

June 2020 - Fish Records, Stone, Staffordshire

May 2020 - Raves from the Grave, Frome, Somserset

April 2020 - Red House Records, Swindon

March 2020 - The Rock Box Record Store, Camberley, Surrey

February 2020 - Tasty Records, Altrincham, Greater Manchester

January 2020 - The Record Café, Bradford

December 2019 - Sister Ray, London

November 2019 - Phase 1, Liverpool

October 2019 - Empire Records, St Albans

September 2019 - Record Collector, Sheffield

August 2019 - Black Circle Records, Leighton Buzzard

July 2019 - Beyond Vinyl, Newcastle

June 2019 - The Orpington, Bromley

May 2019 - Vinyl Fiction, Manchester

April 2019 - Spiller's Records, Cardiff

March 2019 - David's Music, Hertfordshire

February 2019 - Winyl, Manningtree

January 2019 - Rapture Witney, Oxfordshire

December 2018 - Crash Records, Leeds

November 2018 - Pebble Records, Eastbourne

October 2018 - Spinning Discs, Sheffield

September 2018 - Reflex Records, Newcastle

August 2018 - Banquet Records, Kingston

July 2018 - Hundred Records, Hampshire

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