Britain has always been the bedrock of great music. I mean we invented Punk! ‘Nuff said. If you’re old enough to remember that era of ripped-jean rebellion by an army of spiky-haired youth in Dr Martens boots, then you’ll remember the smell and feel of vinyl and the clicks, clunks and whir of cassette tapes. Our updated list of music subscription boxes available in the UK features tape, vinyl, CD and music magazine subscriptions delivered to your door. Let’s get rolling!
Best music subscription boxes in the UK
Records Club Monthly Vinyl
Best vinyl subscription on a budget
This music subscription from The Retro Vinyl Club is aimed at vinyl collectors on a tight budget. For £29.95 a month you can get 3 vinyl LPs in your preferred genres delivered once a month. The records are curated from independent record stores around the UK, bringing you music spanning the past 60 years and giving you more than 20 genres to choose from. You can choose up to 3 genres for your subscription and change your preferences any time you like. The music subscription boxes are professionally packaged and shipping is free for subscribers in the UK and comes with the assurance of no duplicates or bootlegs. If you want more than the standard delivery, you can add up to 9 more titles to your order.
DMC DJ Only
Best music subscription for DJs
DMC music, fashion and lifestyle store is ‘strictly for DJ use only’. The store has everything for DJs from slipmats and deck covers to bags, caps and other merch. They also offer about a dozen monthly CDs subscription options based on different club music genres, including Pro Latino, Cool Grooves, and Dance Extra Mixes. We recommend the DJ Only Commercial Collection for DJs wanting a monthly supply of double CD albums featuring exclusive megamixes, remixes and two trackers, giving you hours of music for £20 a month.
Wax & Stamp
Best surprise vinyl music subscription box
Wax & Stamp recently acquired vinyl subscription service Hurd, vastly expanding the range of records available to subscribers. We’ve awarded Wax & Stamp the best surprise music subscription because you’ll have no idea what you are getting until the box of records lands on your doorstep. You don’t even get to choose the genres when you sign up, but that actually makes the subscription a really fun way to discover new music, hand-picked by audiophiles, that you might never have heard of otherwise. The music subscription gives you two brand new records every month; one album and one single or EP for a £30 monthly subscription fee. Pay quarterly and you’ll save 5% on your subscription cost. Go for a year at a time and you’ll save 10% on your annual bill.
Best CD & LP music subscription box
Rough Trade is run by industry insiders that have been working with artists and labels since the 1970s. We are impressed with the perks and personal services that come with a Rough Trade music subscription, which includes an ‘Album of the Month’ on CD or vinyl LP plus pre-ordering priorities on exclusive, limited edition LPs. Get a new CD album every month for £11.99 a month or a new LP for £21.99 a month (including postage) and you’ll also get free access to members-only events and giveaways. Rough Trade gets more points from us for being flexible with subscribers. If you end up with an album of music which you really don’t like, then they’ll let you swap it for another of their top-10 albums in stock.
The Retro Cassette Tape Club
Best second-hand cassette tape subscription
Get a monthly supply of albums in your preferred genres on good quality second-hand cassette tapes sourced from independent record stores around the UK. The Retro Cassette Tape Club team in Glasgow hand pick 3 albums a month for each subscriber. You can choose from more than 20 genres, including Classical, 50s Pop & Rock, Electronic, Indie, Jazz and Other World. They check each tape to ensure it plays without any issues. Then they are properly boxed to reach you safely in the mail. The music subscription comes with a ‘No Duplicate Guarantee’ and the promise that you’ll receive ‘killer tracks’, not fillers, which are shipped in professional grade packaging. Pay monthly or every three, six or 12 months. There are discount options for students and perks for referring friends to the music subscription service. Delivery is free in the UK.
Music King CD Subscription Box
Best CD subscription box
Music King stands out for taking you beyond mainstream and into indie music territory. Get up to 3 CDs, including a new release, delivered to your door each month with a MusicBox CD subscription and discover music not available on iTunes, Spotify or Amazon. This music subscription box gets our vote for giving subscribers more than just CDs. Perks include access to free downloads and other exclusive goodies such as signed pictures and extra gifts at Christmas and on your birthdays.
Uncut Music Subscription
Best music magazine and CD subscription
Uncut Magazine is our go-to guide for the latest news on the month’s best music in the UK. It’s a heavyweight mag at a whopping 148 pages stuffed with reviews of the best new releases and reissues plus in-depth interviews with great names in music from the past 50 years as well as upcoming artists of tomorrow. When you sign up for a monthly delivery of the Uncut hardcopy music magazine, each issue comes with a free CD of the featured artist or artists of the month, which could be an old rocker or the new musical genius on the block transforming the music scene.
The Wire Subscription
Best underground music magazine & CD subscription
The Wire magazine has been the authority on underground sound and music for more than three decades with professional journalism and stunning photography by some of the subculture’s most original critics and observers. Sign up for a 12-month subscription of monthly issues delivered by direct mail in the UK as well as Europe and the US. You’ll also get online access to digital copies of every issue of The Wire plus free CDs delivered by direct mail three times a year from the ‘Wire Tapper’ compilations of new underground music curated by The Wire staff. Six-month and two-year subscriptions of the music mag are also available.
Music subscription boxes: The verdict
Despite the onslaught of digital music subscriptions, which once threatened to eclipse traditional (and better, in our opinion) mediums, we are chuffed that vinyl is still very much alive and kicking in the British Isles. In fact, there are many more wax record subscriptions available in the UK, which you can discover in our best vinyl subscriptions article.
Rough Trade is the only music subscription to give you the choice of having your music delivered on a CD or vinyl LP. The rest are exclusively vinyl, cassette or CD format. We recommend Music King if you’re looking exclusively for CDs.