Pie & Vinyl in Southsea is named Audio Technica’s best independent record shop

·     Part of Audio-Technica’s Record Store Day 2013 celebrations
·     Shop will spend winnings on ‘free pie and vinyl’ for loyal customers

 Pie & Vinyl in Southsea has been named the UK’s best independent record shop in a national award run by audio giant Audio-Technica, in celebration of Record Store Day (20th April 2013), where hundreds of the UK’s independently owned record stores come together to celebrate the art of music.

Over the past month, the UK’s music lovers have been nominating their favourite record stores via Audio-Technica’s Facebook  page.

Thousands of votes were cast, with Pie & Vinyl in Southsea beating fellow finalists The Music Exchange in Nottingham, Love Music in Glasgow, Soundclash in Norwich and Vinyl Tap in Huddersfield.
Pie & Vinyl now wins £1,000 to put towards a special event for its loyal customers. It has pledged to spend the prize money on holding a first birthday party and giving its loyal customers gifts. As well as giving away free pie and records to reward their customers.

Store owner, Steve Roger Courtnell, said: ''We are absolutely delighted to win this award in our first year of trading and we are very grateful to Audio-Technica for organising the awards. We feel so humbled that people enjoy our quirky little shop with big ideas and feel privileged to help put Southsea on the map! Together we have proved that records are alive and well, and we have the ultimate chance to thank you all with our first birthday party!”

Audio-Technica senior UK marketing manager Harvey Roberts said: “The UK is seriously into music, and the heart of the industry is the independent record stores, run by fanatics, and catering to the fans. As a leading audio technology brand, we share that love and obsession of music.”
“This competition was not only about celebrating Record Store Day and our independents, but about giving something back to the shops, and the fans – more important than ever when the High Street is experiencing such tough times. Pie & Vinyl is a very deserving winner, which caught the public’s imagination with its plans for a first birthday party! This competition has been a huge success and we are hoping it will become an annual event as we want to continue to give back to the music community.”  

Audio-Technica is not commercially affiliated with Record Store Day 2013.  


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About Audio-Technica
Established in 1962, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of problem-solving audio equipment. Initially known for state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges, Audio-Technica now creates high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers and electronic products for home and professional use.

Celebrating more than 50 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and electronics for the audio industry. Users of Audio-Technica microphones and headphones include Katherine Jenkins, Metallica, Gwen Stefani, Linkin Park, The Pigeon Detectives, Ben Mynott and Eddie Halliwell.

For more information, visit www.eu.audio-technica.com/en
Audio-Technica, which has its UK office in Leeds, sells microphones, headphones and high fidelity equipment across the world.

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About Record Store Day
Record Store Day
came into being in 2007 when over 700 independent stores in the USA came together to celebrate their unique culture. The UK followed suit and 2013 will see the sixth celebration of the UK's unique independent sector. This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, meet & greets with artists, DJ's, in store quizzes and many other events.
For more information, visit www.recordstoreday.co.uk