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Idle Hands is a Bristol based record shop and label set up by Chris Farrell in 2009.

Starting life as a record label whilst Farrell was working alongside Peverelist at the now defunct Rooted Records, a shop which for many years had nurtured the nascent Dubstep scene in Bristol. The label was started to represent a resurgent house scene that was beginning to take shape in the slipstream of Dubstep – early releases from Peverelist, Kowton and Headhunter tapped into the the four four sound.

Toward the end of 2010 when it became clear that Rooted Records would have to close the decision was taken by Farrell to carry the flame forward by opening his own shop. Idle Hands took its name from the label and opened its doors on Stokes Croft in February 2011.

The aim of the shop has always been to represent the thriving dance music scene in the city by supporting local artists, labels and DJs – whilst also having an international perspective of stocking and reaching out to music producers from around the world.

Several years later the shop has established itself as a leading record shop with a world wide reputation.

Customer reviews of Idle Hands Bristol

Idle hands is more than just a record shop, it supports Bristols music and night life culture by offering a great collection of curated work.Another great independent business which is well worth supporting.

great friendly service from Chris, plus some lighthearted music & DJ’ing chit chat, if you’re visiting Bristol make sure you head to Stokes Croft & drop in to Idle Hands…lots of new house / techno / electronica in the racks

Wide variety of reasonably priced current and up and coming music, great location (5 minute walk from centre), turntable hardware products, the list goes on. Probably the best record shop in Bristol as a shop and as a community.

Great shop, run by the gentleman & scholar Chris Farrell!
Have received so may good record recommendations at this store, been introduced to new genres and old ones i didnt know i liked till Chris handed me the records!
Essential visit for anyone coming to Bristol!

Best record store around, the owner Chris is top notch and has always looked out for me all the way in America. Feels like home when I come here!

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