Polyester Records is set to shut up shop after almost 40 years of trade.
Originally opening for trade in 1981, Polyester Records found success in vinyl’s various resurgences. At its peak in the mid to late 00’s, the Polyester brand consisted of two record stores and a book store.
Polyester Records has played an integral part to Melbourne’s music scene, stocking local and independent artists’ music and hosting live gigs across their stores.
In 2010, we saw a consolidation into a single location along with a new owner, who furthered the store’s reputation for supporting the independent music scene.
While the vinyl record doesn’t seem to be disappearing just yet, the retail landscape for brick and mortar record stores like Polyester has changed drastically due to the immediate nature of music streaming and consequent consumer behaviour.
Polyester Records will spend the next three weeks celebrating their four-decade tenure with a series of events and performances in-store.
Take a final dig through their crates at 387 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.
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