Enghave Plads, one of Copenhagen’s most vibrant squares, has long been barricaded in as the city’s ambitious metro system tunnels away directly under this neighborhood. Despite years of construction upheavals, Enghave Plads has adapted and thrived as a popular meeting place for Vesterbro’s residents. The latest edition to the fringe of this popular square is the concept vinyl record store, Beat. The 400 m² store opened in September and has already established a healthy customer base, tapping in to the growing interest for vinyl that is attracting a new generation brought up on streaming. The man behind the concept, Peter Sørensen has created not just a retail space selling vinyl records, but a mecca for vinyl enthusiasts, a bookstore, a café and soon, a gallery focusing on his one passion, music. Wandering around Beat took me back to 1972, when I bought my first album, Graham Nash’s solo album, “Songs For Beginners” and the anxiety of placing the needle of my Philips turntable onto the virgin vinyl for the first time. Beat’s collection of over 6.000 albums covers a wide spectrum of music genres ranging from soul, jazz, funk and hiphop among others. The opening of Beat coincides with a new era of record production in Copenhagen, with Nordsø Records pressing 1200 albums per day.
Any music enthusiast visiting Copenhagen looking to expand their collection would be wise to pay Beat on Enghaves Plads a visit.
Photo credits: Phillip Mills