Beloved Bristol record shop Idle Hands has announced that it will be closing at the end of this month.
The shop, which opened in 2011, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to reopen in a different location.
Owner Chris Farrell took to Idle Hands' Instagram to explain the closure of the shop — chalking it up to issues related to Brexit and the pandemic.
He writes: “These are tricky times, but I do believe Idle Hands still has a future. A future that involves a more centrally located premises, a refresh and a new strategy to make the business more sustainable.”
“We love our customers and appreciate every single bit of support we’ve received over the years, whether that’s buying records, supporting our nights or sharing our posts on social media.
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"All of that matters, but right now without the cash needed to make it through that transition we may be forced to close permanently. Dig deep if you can and help us out by sharing this campaign.”
Prior to closing on City Road, the shop will be selling off stock at “stupidly low” prices and the website as well as Discogs will still be opporating.
Read Idle Hands' full statement below.
Last month, Idle Hands announced the release of the label’s final compilation “for the time being”, Idle Hands told fans: “This is the end of a chapter. The shop continues and new projects beckon”.
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“The last Idle Hands release for the time being,” they added. The label’s final release pulls in four artists “with close ties” to the imprint - K-LONE, Glances, Bruce, and Rhythmic Theory.
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