UK's last cassette shop reels in nostalgic music lovers

10/9/2021 11:48:00 PM

UK's last cassette shop reels in nostalgic music lovers

UK's last cassette shop reels in nostalgic music lovers

MANCHESTER: Tucked away in a corner of the top floor of an indoor market in Manchester, northwest England, is the last shop in Britain dedicated to selling cassettes. Mars Tapes crams around 1,000 cassettes, a Coca-Cola radio, boom boxes, vintage editions of the Walkman cassette player and other tape-relat

LinkedIn MANCHESTER: Tucked away in a corner of the top floor of an indoor market in Manchester, northwest England, is the last shop in Britain dedicated to selling cassettes.LinkedIn LONDON: Britain has approved plans to turn away boats illegally carrying migrants to its shores, deepening a rift with France over how to deal with a surge of people risking their lives by trying to cross the Channel in small dinghies.LinkedIn A British financial regulator concerned about the lack of rules for online promotion of cryptocurrencies has called out celebrity influencer Kim Kardashian West's use of her Instagram account to pitch Ethereum Max to her followers.Thank you for your feedback.

Mars Tapes crams around 1,000 cassettes, a Coca-Cola radio, boom boxes, vintage editions of the Walkman cassette player and other tape-related accessories in a compact retail unit smaller than one of the city's tram carriages.Hits by stars including Elvis Presley, Florence and the Machine, and Lewis Capaldi line its shelves, as classic tracks provide a musical backdrop, taking customers back in time.Border officials will be trained to force boats away from British waters but will deploy the new tactic only when they deem it safe, a British government official who asked not to be named said on Thursday (Sep 9).The shop was set up in 2019 by an eclectic group of people united by a love of music, explained co-founder Giorgio Carbone."But she didn't have to disclose that Ethereum Max – not to be confused with Ethereum – was a speculative digital token created a month before by unknown developers, one of hundreds of such tokens that fill the crypto-exchanges," Randell said in a speech on Monday (Sep 6) to the Cambridge International Symposium on Economic Crime, according to a transcript posted online.Spanish sound engineer Borja Regueira, 28, and his girlfriend Moira Lorenzo, 27, initially proposed starting a cassette-only shop.Related: UK, France sign new deal to stop illegal migration across Channel Home Secretary Priti Patel told French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin that stopping people making their way from France on small boats was her"number one priority".Italian Carbone, 30, and 28-year-old journalist and musician Alex Tadros supported the idea and merged the store into the group's record label.Kasi Lemmons is directing.

NOSTALGIA The shop is tapping into a nostalgic trend in cultural consumption accentuated by the coronavirus pandemic."France will not accept any practice that goes against maritime law, nor financial blackmail," the French minister tweeted."Some influencers promote coins that turn out simply not to exist at all.People have turned to reading books and watching classic films and television series to stave off boredom and find escapism during lockdowns.Sales of vinyl - the pocket-sized plastic cassettes' predecessor in music distribution - jumped to their highest level since the 1990s in Britain last year.Britain's Home Office, or interior ministry, said:"We do not routinely comment on maritime operational activity.Modern artists such as Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa and Selena Gomez have released tapes recently, pushing cassette sales in Britain up to around 157,000 in 2020 - the highest figure since 2003.Last month, Gary Gensler, the new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said investors need more protection in the cryptocurrency market, which he said was"rife with fraud, scams and abuse".Mass production of cassettes began in the 1960s, with 2.Channel Rescue, a citizen patrol group that looks for migrants arriving along the English coast, said international maritime law stipulated that ships have a clear duty to assist those in distress.That’s well below the 2.

4 million tape players produced and sold worldwide by 86 different manufacturers by 1968.But their UK heyday ended with the explosion of CD sales in the 1980s and 1990s, leaving some music fans pining for a bygone era."They're not going to want to be sent back.He also said paid advertising, which is the main source of online investment scams, isn't covered by the UK government's upcoming online safety legislation but should be.Warehouse manager Mark Williams, 38, browsed Mars Tapes' collection with an analogue camera hanging from his neck and said his interest originated in"nostalgia more than anything"."I'm a child of the 80s and 90s - I grew up with cassettes.The number of migrants crossing the Channel in small dinghies has risen this year after the British and French governments clamped down on other forms of illegal entry such as hiding in the back of trucks crossing from ports in France.It's tangible, something you physically own, not just downloaded data," he told AFP.Still, the premiere was the most-watched scripted cable telecast of t 4 hours ago Christopher Nolan Is Shopping New Film About ‘Father of the Atomic Bomb’ J Robert Oppenheimer Christopher Nolan is in talks with multiple Hollywood studios about producing his 12th film, a biopic about one of the leading developers of the first atomic bomb, J.

SOCIAL CONSCIENCE But the boom in cassette consumption is not confined to an older generation seeking to relive their youth.But the issue has become a rallying cry for politicians from Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party.Younger listeners also increasingly prefer to savour music rather than mindlessly skipping through online playlists and endlessly scrolling through social media."People like the idea of having something physical.France and Britain agreed in July to deploy more police and invest in detection technology to stop Channel crossings.Lately especially, with coronavirus and lockdown, it's a way of appreciating the music more," said Carbone."There's a lot of work behind a cassette.British junior health minister Helen Whately said the government's focus was still on discouraging migrants from attempting the journey, rather than turning them back.has produced or co-produce 4 hours ago.

It's something we lost with time, to appreciate what we have and listen to something more than once and not just skip it." Care assistant Jane Fielding, 22, occasionally listens to cassettes on her Walkman.Source: Reuters/ad."I like the simplicity -- there's no distractions, no notifications on my phone," she said.Most tapes cost no more than £10 (US$14, 12 euros), with prices rising to £50 for limited-edition products.Cassettes are cheaper and easier to produce than vinyl and Mars Tapes limits its runs depending on the genre and band to keep costs down, Carbone explained.

The store acquires stock from websites like eBay, individual donations and record labels including Universal, while Carbone, Tadros and Regueira's record label supports local indie bands by purchasing their tapes."In Italy, there's not that music culture.It's good to be here because there's a lot of people passionate about cassettes," said Carbone."We thought cassettes was the most affordable way of making records and helping bands." "ANOTHER LEVEL" And socially-conscious listeners want independent artists to earn a good living from their work instead of filling the coffers of streaming giants like Spotify and Apple Music.

Streaming services accounted for 80 percent of UK music consumption in 2020 but have been criticised for short-changing musicians."You own the music and support the artist, big and small," Carbone added.Carbone acknowledged it seemed"crazy" to occupy a bigger unit after the UK's 2021 winter lockdown and the economic damage it wrought.But grants from Manchester's council and rent holidays helped Mars Tapes survive.He thinks cassettes will remain a"niche" interest but reckons demand will remain steady.

"There's something about the sounds of cassettes that's just different," he said.Prospective customer John Yates, a 45-year-old shop manager, agreed."It sounds better on cassettes, a lot different than listening on the radio - it's another level," he said.Source: AFP.

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