Back to Mono – Lincoln’s vintage record shop

Second-hand vinyl shops are something we don’t tend to come across as much in the modern day, so when we do, there’s something very special about the encounter. Back to Mono situated in the heart of Lincoln is one of these little treasures, and with vinyl making a comeback on the market, it’s definitely the place to be.

Pictured: Back to Mono

Previously known as Sonic Sounds, the shop re-opened in a new location as Back to Mono three years after it had closed in 2006, bringing what we thought would be a sad end to its 17 year life. The owner, Jim Penistan, decided to get the store back on the streets of Lincoln following the sudden high demand for records.  It’s thought that vinyls were being seen around again due to popular artists releasing their albums onto vinyl instead of just CDs, and even classic artists were starting to have their albums reissued onto vinyl.


The unique store offers a variety of new and used vinyl records, collectables, LP’s and even t-shirts and posters. It’s a little place that feels homely from the moment you step in, and there’s always something that feels special and personal about a local business. If you’re somebody who usually goes to popular high street stores such as HMV for their records, pop in here and you’ll definitely feel the difference in its friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

What makes this place even more in-touch with the local community, is the fact that it hosts 60’s nights on the first Saturday of every month at a bar named Red Five right opposite the store. What could be a more wonderful way to get a blast from the past whilst discovering new music and meeting like-minded people?

If you fancy giving Back to Mono a visit, you can find it at 18 Guildhall street, Lincoln, LN1 1TR, or visit their website:


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