Closed in 2007, Deal Real will be back for this year’s Record Store Day.
After the doom and gloom brought on by a slew of closures and license restrictions in the capital, its a relief to hear that one of London’s musical institutions is to re-open. Located on Soho’s Marlborough Court between 2002 and 2007, within its short life span Deal Real was the undisputed home of Hip-Hop in the city. As well as being a record store, it additionally played host to a legendary Friday night Open Mic session – which served as a breeding ground for emerging local talent.
The store was also the site of performances from global stars such as Kanye West, Mos Def and John Legend – as well as British names including; Doc Brown, Skinnyman (see him spitting in the shop below), Tinchy Stryder and Estelle amongst many others.
This year’s Record Store Day 18th April will find Deal Real returning as a pop-up store on Newburgh Street, just round the corner from its original site. True to form it will showcase the freshest musical talent – as well as visual artists and fashion designers. The pop-up will also feature a photo gallery commemorating the old shop’s most memorable moments and iconic performances. Full details of performances on the day have yet to be confirmed, although with the shop’s considerable pedigree you’d be advised to expect some of the biggest names in Hip-Hop – locally and internationally.
Photos via UK Hip Hop Crate Digger
Deal Real Legacy will be open from 18th April at 14 Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RT. Head here for more information.