Banquet Records

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Banquet Records
Non-Limited Company
Industry Retail
Genre Independent Store
Headquarters 52 Eden Street, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 1EE
Area served
South West London
Key people
Jon Tolley & Mike Smith - Owners
Products CDs, Vinyl Records
Number of employees
12
Slogan "More than just your local record store"
Website banquetrecords.com

Banquet Records (formerly part of the Beggars Banquet Records chain) is an independent record shop in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. It stocks a broad range of music on both CD and vinyl but mainly specialises in new music from indie, punk, emo, electro, house, drum 'n' bass and dub-step genres.[1]

The shop is also home to Gravity DIP music management, as well as the Banquet Records record label.

History[edit]

Started as part of the Beggars Banquet chain of record stores before becoming fully independent in 2002. The store was sold to the then manager, however decreased profits lead the store to near bankruptcy towards the end of 2004.[2]

In February 2005,[3] Banquet Records was taken over by new owners; previous employees of the store, Jon Tolley and Mike Smith.[4]

The store uses it's slogan "More than just your local record store"[5] to provide services other than the sale of music, as it also runs various concerts, club nights and in-stores in and around Kingston upon Thames. The use of slogan has been described as such: "The premise outlined in their advertising strap line is simple: 'More than your local record store'. And it is incredibly apt. Not just content with supplying Kingston's art school students and music aficionados with their favourites, Banquet Records has firmly placed itself at the heart of this vibrant town's music scene."[6]

The Store often supports Record Store Day, which aims at providing business to independent record stores.[7] As well as selling Vinyl Records and CDs, the store also has a limited stock of record players.

In-stores[edit]

Banquet Records regularly features in store performances. Bands that have performed in store at Banquet include: Mayday Parade; Title Fight; Frank Iero; The Flatliners; Gnarwolves; Lemuria; Knuckle Puck; Moose Blood; Great Cynics; Apologies, I have none; and Trash Boat.[8]

Other shows[edit]

Banquet Records also holds separate one-off shows, the majority being held at The Peel, The Hippodrome and The Fighting Cocks in Kingston upon Thames, as well as at the nearby Kingston.[9] The Store hosted a Blink-182 concert at the Rose Theatre, which it claimed was the store's biggest show, for the lead up to the band's new album.[10]

Record label[edit]

Banquet Records (the shop) is also home to Banquet Records (the record label),[11] which releases albums in the UK on behalf of other record labels, including Tonight Alive's EP.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Banquet Records .". Banquet Records. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Banquet Records. | Mint Magazine". Mint Magazine. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Jones, Dan. "Features - all the juicy bits!". Rockmidgets.com. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Banquet Records. | Mint Magazine". Mint Magazine. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Banquet Records.com". Banquet Records.com. 21 July 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Record Store Day - Countdown Day 2 | Clash Music Exclusive General". Clashmusic.com. Archived from the original on 4 August 2010. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Banquet Records | RSD16". Banquet Records. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "Banquet Records | In-Stores.". Banquet Records. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  9. ^ "Banquet Records | Shows & Clubs". Banquet Records. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  10. ^ "Banquet Records | Blink-182.". Banquet Records. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  11. ^ "Banquet Records | Label". Banquet Records. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  12. ^ "Banquet Records | Consider This EP". Banquet Records. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 

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