The Manchester hotel that’s letting guests pick the playlist

In honor of Record Store Day, Kimpton Clocktower Hotel on Oxford Road, is launching a brand new tailor-made music concierge service. From Saturday, April 23, guests will be able to hand-pick their own soundtrack from a mixture of genres, with vinyl players and a selection of records placed within their room.

The personalized music concierge service is being brought to life via a partnership with Manchester’s very own Clampdown Records, to celebrate the city’s thriving record shops and enviable music heritage. Every year, Record Store Day sees over 260 independent record shops across the UK come together to celebrate their unique culture.

This year, following a two-year hiatus due to pandemic, Record Store Day resumes, and Manchester’s record shops are expected to be full to the brim with record collectors and aficionados looking to snap up exclusive vinyl releases. The day is often marked throughout the UK with in-store artist performances and events.

READ MORE: Record Store Day 2022 in Manchester – everything you need to know

Speaking on the launch, Kimpton Clocktower Hotel’s general manager, Johan Scheepers said: “Music lies at the very heart of the Kimpton brand and Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in particular, drawing on the musical heritage ingrained within Greater Manchester as well as celebrating new and emerging talent. . From our legendary ‘Come As You Are Weekenders’ to our live DJs sets each weekend, music continues to play a central role within both the hotel and Refuge Bar and Restaurant.

“We are excited to be able to offer a bespoke music concierge service to guests to not only celebrate our musical heritage and create that all important personal experience for every stay, but to continue to support Manchester’s much-loved independent record stores such as Clampdown Records .”

Hotel guests will be able to choose their soundtrack by contacting the concierge team via email and quoting their booking reference, ahead of their arrival. Once booked in, a record player and selection of vinyls from their chosen genre will be available in their room for them to enjoy one arrival and throughout their stay.

Whether you’re into classic Rock, Country or ambient House, there’s something for everyone. Other available music genres currently include Dance, Disco, Heavy Mental, Indie, Jazz, Pop, Punk and R&B.

As one of Manchester’s most recognizable landmarks, Kimpton Clocktower Hotel has undergone several transformations over the years. The striking Victorian building dates back to 1890 when it first opened at The Refuge Assurance Company headquarters, before being converted into The Palace Hotel in 1996.

In 2018, the hotel was sold to the InterContinental Hotels Group and renamed the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel. The 270-key hotel borrows design inspiration from Manchester’s legendary party and music scene, and is home to the Refuge Bar and Restaurant, which is known for its award-winning food and drink offer, and roof-raising parties.

For more details, head to the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel website here.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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