by / January 15th, 2009 /

Road Records to close

The ongoing changes in the Irish music industry have been thrown into sharper focus by the news that Dublin’s Road Records is to close after eleven years in business. Writing on, owner Dave gives an insight into the trials and tribulations of running an independent business in an increasingly corporate world.

Its been an absolutely amazing eleven years for us and neither of us regret one single second of it, when we close I will not be looking back on wasted time in any way. We have made some amazing friends through the shop and have had the pleasure of dealing with some truly fantastic bands [and their members].

I say this from my heart that I really hope the last few remaining indie stores will survive in the city and I hope you can take time out to visit them and make a purchase, otherwise these stores will not make it through these times either, and don’t leave it for a couple of weeks, do it today as they really do need your support and its only when they are all gone that you will then miss them.

Again, thank you all for your kind words and to anybody out there that has supported us in any way thank you also, we have had so much pleasure over the last eleven years doing what we do.

The thanks and thoughts of all of us here at State go out to Dave and Julie.

  • Colin

    What’s next? Google? Very sad news indeed. I have bought my Irish releases in there.

  • This is a very sad day indeed. They were the best known, well-stocked and more importantly than anything helpful independent music shop you could hope for. From the point of view of an artist, customer and music fan it’s going to be a big loss to Dublin music! Here’s wishing them both a productive and happy future.

  • Ah shite. One of the few places in town I’d go for a wander, comfortable that whatever question I asked, I’d get a decent – and sometimes very funny – reply. A real pity for customers, artists and musicians.

  • That is really really crap. I had only really discovered the shop in the last year but had tried to visit as often as possible.

    This will be a major hit for independent artists trying to sell their wares without having to go through the huge chains, as well as a big hit to any music consumer interested in upcoming Irish artists.

  • This advice is really going to help, thanks.