After over 12 years in Fitzroy, the legendary Poison City Records is moving

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After over 12 years in Fitzroy, the legendary Poison City Records is moving

Words by Tom Parker

Heading to a spot in the Thornbury/Preston area.

For the better part of the past two decades, Poison City Records has become one of Melbourne’s most capable rock music tastemakers. Stocking everything from punk, hardcore, indie rock and beyond, the record store on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy has provided a successful vehicle for the record label that sits within it.

The likes of Cable Ties, Camp Cope, MOD CON, Bench Press, Batpiss as well as international names such as Swervedriver, Restorations, Samiam and more can thank the Poison City label for putting out their work. Then there’s the store itself which continually houses the most anticipated new releases from the music world. It’s is also renowned for offering an array of skateboarding gear and attire.

Now the beloved music hotspot is on the move. Setting up shop in a yet-to-be-disclosed Thornbury/Preston spot, via an Instagram post, Poison City said it was the right time to make a change.

“WE’RE MOVING! After 12 + years on Brunswick St, Fitzroy we’ve decided to re-locate our shop/HQ to a great new little space right on the Thornbury/Preston intersect,” the Instagram post said. “New address TBA very soon! The end of our lease in Fitzroy has coincided with these bizarre and tricky C-19 times and we felt the timing was right for a move and a new phase.

“Want to say a massive thanks to everyone who’s supported our little shop over this last decade and for me personally it’s been a space where lots of living, learning has taken place and somewhere I’ve met so many wonderful people from all walks of life and parts of the world. After some big decisions and a difficult start to the year for obvious reasons, it’s exciting to now be working towards the next evolution of PCR.”

As the record store and label make its move, its Brunswick Street location won’t remain open. You will still be able to make purchases online, however.

Support Poison City Records during the crisis by buying a record, merch or skateboarding supplies online here.

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