A sad day for music lovers in the city as Hong Kong Records’ original Pacific Place outlet opens its doors for the last time today. Punishing rents and a populace that increasingly relies on streaming services for its entertainment needs means the local institution is closing on June 27 after 29 years in business. The CD, DVD, video game and record store’s Harbour City outlet is also due to shut, although an official date has not yet been confirmed. Get yourself down there and say your goodbyes and maybe pick up a record or two.
It’s not all doom and gloom, though. Hong Kong still has a clutch of independent music stores fighting the good fight. Music lovers still enamoured with physical media should do their best to support these remaining few brick and mortar operations. Our faves remain Zoo Records in Mong Kok and Prince Edwards’ White Noise Records. Vinyl lovers are sure to be familiar with Ah Paul but it’s worth mentioning Vinyl Hero all the same.
Here’s hoping these indie stalwarts don’t go the same way as the soon to be departed Hong Kong Records.