In­de­pen­dent record store sur­vives, in Cork arts cen­tre

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

Cork’s Plugd Records is set to re-open later this month. The record shop’s new home is at the Triskel Arts Cen­tre’s tem­po­rary lo­ca­tion in the ESB sub­sta­tion on Caro­line Street. Plugd will then move with the Triskel back to the lat­ter’s ren­o­vated and ex­panded space in Christchurch in 2011. Plugd’s Jim Hor­gan says the hook-up be­tween the two has been a pos­si­bil­ity for a few years.

“I had a few ten­ta­tive con­ver­sa­tions with the gen­eral man­ager, Ben Cud­dihy, and it seemed we both wanted some­thing to hap­pen. We had been co-pro­mot­ing oc­ca­sion­ally and the Triskel hosted a few Plugd gigs.

“Last year, the Triskel re­lo­cated for ren­o­va­tions and Plugd closed. Dur­ing this time, we talked more, un­til the Triskel di­rec­tor Tony Shee­han brought it to­gether and made it hap­pen.”

Hor­gan ex­plains that it was in­creas­ing rent and rates that caused the shop’s demise.

“The main rea­son we closed was less to do with a de­crease in sales and more be­cause of con­tin­u­ing high over­heads and rent in a limited space. The new rent for twice the size works out at about a quar­ter of what we were pay­ing pre­vi­ously.”

It will be busi­ness as usual for Plugd at the Triskel from Au­gust 28th. “It will be same range of mu­sic as al­ways,” says Hor­gan. “We will take ad­van­tage of the ex­tra floor space by in­tro­duc­ing el­e­ments of vis­ual art, de­sign, film, mag­a­zines and books into the shop.”

And Hor­gan be­lieves the link with the Triskel will be pos­i­tive for both par­ties.

“If you ask any­body in Cork about the Triskel, they will give vary­ing opin­ions on what they would do dif­fer­ently, yet ev­ery­body has been to some­thing there they were into. There is a sense that the Triskel has a lot of po­ten­tial that hasn’t al­ways been re­alised. By host­ing our­selves, the Black Mariah and Cor­cadorca, I think the Triskel is well on its way to reach­ing its po­ten­tial.” mys­pace.com/plug­drecords

Plugd in again

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