Idle Hands is a Bristol based record shop and label set up by Chris Farrell in 2009.

Starting life as a record label whilst Farrell was working alongside Peverelist at the now defunct Rooted Records, a shop which for many years had nurtured the nascent Dubstep scene in Bristol. The label was started to represent a resurgent house scene that was beginning to take shape in the slipstream of Dubstep – early releases from Peverelist, Kowton and Headhunter tapped into the the four four sound.

Toward the end of 2010 when it became clear that Rooted Records would have to close the decision was taken by Farrell to carry the flame forward by opening his own shop. Idle Hands took its name from the label and opened its doors on Stokes Croft in February 2011.

The aim of the shop has always been to represent the thriving dance music scene in the city by supporting local artists, labels and DJs – whilst also having an international perspective of stocking and reaching out to music producers from around the world.

Several years later the shop has established itself as a leading record shop with a world wide reputation.

The label continues to push new music from a wide range of artists, from both close to home and further a field. It has released acclaimed artists such as Shanti Celeste, Kahn, Om Unit, Bruce and Matt Karmil amongst many others.

At the start of 2017 the shop moved premises from its original base on Stokes Croft to round the corner on City Road in St Pauls. The new shop is bigger, more relaxed in feel and has the space for the stock to develop, diversify and grow.

Now online we can represent the music we love and sell everyday to a wider audience.

If you would like to book Chris Farrell or an Idle Hands Showcase please contact [email protected] 

If you would like to stock Idle Hands releases please contact Kudos Distribution.

Original shop crew in 2011: Kowton, Shanti Celeste, Chris Farrell, Sean Kelly

The previous shop on Stokes Croft in 2017, just before moving premises.