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Wayne Allen was the manager of the store between 1983 and 2001. It was situated opposite the Clock Tower. He is credited with bringing some of the biggest names in music to the Leicester store, including Englebert Humperdinck, Radiohead, Del Amitri, St Etienne, Stereophonics, Shed Seven and Bananarama. He died in 2012.

Great shop i brought all my soul records from there back in the 70s through to when it closed in charles street and haymarket. Comment:
Mick Harding.

(Jan 15, 2014) micki harding said:spent all my youth in that shop charles street and haymarket

Name Rich Cave Comment:I spent hours in Ainleys as a teenager, sometimes just browsing but often buying and I bought my first gig tickets here, for Blur at Leicester Uni as well as Oasis in Wolverhapton Civic Hall and Monsters of Rock to name a few. Great memories and a shame Leicester doesn't now have an independent record shop like this - Rockaboom aside- forget Amazon and co, nothing beats flicking through CDs or records! (March 11, 2017)

I went to school with Nicholas Ainley!! That's it.

Richard Spratley (2023)




10-12 haymarket Leciester

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