Global Groove in Stoke-On-Trent is one of the UK’s most beloved record stores and Discogs stores. On December 5th, they’ll be celebrating 25 years of their doors being open, and just under 10 years of selling records on Discogs (though they’ve been part of the Discogs community for longer). Currently sitting on just over 66,000 Discogs orders fulfilled with 99.9% on over 34,000 feedback, the proof is in the pudding.
We wanted to hear more from the people behind Global Groove about how they’ve managed to stay in the game for so long, what sets their store apart, a bit more about the music scene in Stoke-On-Trent and any big moments that have happened in store over the past 25 years.
Join us in congratulating Global Groove on their 25 year anniversary milestone and wishing them all the best for the next 25!
Learn more about beloved UK record store, Global Groove:
Are you doing anything special to celebrate your 25th anniversary?
This is the first time we have really acknowledged the amount of time that we have been open for, so by just getting some local and international social media coverage is more celebration than we have done before. Hopefully someone will get us a big vinyl cake too!
What do you hope for the next 25 years of Global Groove?
Just to be able to keep on doing what we love. Although in another 25 years the owner, Tes will be 76, and Pete will be 72!
How has selling music changed in the past 25 years?
For us it has gone from knowing everyone personally in the store to being a 95% worldwide mail order service, we even mail out records less than a mile away from the store!
What makes Stoke-On- Trent a special place for music?
We have had a vibrant club scene since the 60s – Pete (the manager) has been the resident DJ at all the major house music nights in the area since 1989 including “Golden” & “The Move”
What’s been the most memorable in-store moment?
There have been so many in 25 years! Most of them are us messing about and having a laugh. We love a laugh and it really helps to gel us together and makes the days fly by. Global Groove has always been like a family and we are all friends outside of work too. We are still in regular contact with people that have not worked here for 20 years!
What would you be doing if you weren’t selling records/managing Global Groove?
The thought is quite frightening actually… We always say we will keep doing this until they make us get a real job!
Which music movement or trend you think should never have happened?
Nothing that we would want to erase from the history books, but we watched some footage of a gabber “sit down” rave not too long ago that we were not impressed with :D