Beanscene eyes record returns with label launch

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BEANSCENE, the Scottish coffee bar chain, is to launch a new record label later this month as part of its evolution into a broader-based entertainment group.

The first release on the firm’s Luna Records label will be The Crush of Summer, the debut album from Edinburgh band Wild Strawberry, which will be available from October 27.

Luna Records will sell the album via the firm’s website and also over the counter at the growing number of Beanscene outlets, including two in Edinburgh.

Music fans will also be able to download the entire album over the internet, along with the associated artwork, for 3.99, or pay 50p per track.

Gordon Richardson, who founded Beanscene three years ago, said the development of the brand into an entertainment group will be accompanied by the expansion of the coffee chain throughout the UK, which will see the number of outlets grow from five to 25 within the next two years.

While plans for the opening of further outlets in Glasgow and the company’s first unit in St Andrews are currently at an advanced stage, Mr Richardson said a deal to secure an additional property in Edinburgh is also on the cards.

He added: "The ethos of Beanscene is that it is a shop window aimed at giving us a gateway into people’s lifestyles.

"Beanscene is about a lot more than coffee - it’s an environment, it’s about the music, it’s about the counter-culture of communication and, ultimately, it’s about entertainment."

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