Our favourite Record Shops

Published On July 6, 2013 | By Tim Smillie | Best of Brighton, Music & Nightlife Features

Union Music Store

The Union Music Store is a rare gem. Nestled in the county seat of Lewes it is a fully independent purveyor of fine music, especially of the folk, country and Americana variety. This is no ordinary record shop and could not be further removed from the soulless aisles of HMV if they tried (and they have tried, believe me!). WIth home made furniture that was cobbled together in the garden and an unparalleled collection from the genres, Union needs to be experienced in glorious technicolour.

Union Music Store, 1 Lansdown Place, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2JT (01273474053 http://unionmusicstore.com/). Open Mon-Sat 9.30 – 5.30


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Pie & Vinyl

They sell records, they sell pies. This may well be nirvana. Not a Brighton shop, not even a Sussex shop but well worth the trip to sunny Southsea to experience the vintage vista and perfect pies. In amongst the steaming piedom, there are delicate rows of vinyl and a full list of in store events to entertain the locals and interlopers alike.

Pie & Vinyl, 61 Castle Road, Southsea, PO5 3AY (07544237539, http://www.pieandvinyl.co.uk/)
Open Mon-Wed: 10-19, Thurs-Sat: 11–21 and Sun 11-17


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Cult Hero

Small but perfectly formed, Cult Hero sits defiantly in North Street, laughing at the mainstream shoppers as they file into the aisles of the city’s main shopping area. Within is a fine collection of music, films and books, housed in a beautifully minimalist environment. They say, “From classic 60’s & 70’s rock to glitchy electro, from obscure latin jazz to the latest big indie albums, we’ve got it all”.

Cult Hero, 25 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1EB (01273 771959, http://www.cult-hero.co.uk/
Open Mon-Sat 9.30 – 6.30 Sundays 11 – 5.30



Resident Records
In amongst the bohemian bustle of the North Laines sits resident, an oasis of aural calm. With a hugely impressive stock list, their own chart, some amazing events and a bucket load of tickets for local gigs, Resident has it all going on. There is something warm and gentle about being in Resident on a Thursday afternoon, swaddled by sounds, attended to by lovely people (some with beards), you are oblivious to the general state of the nation and the rain outside.

Resident Records, 28 Kensington Gardens, Brighton, BN1 4AL (01273 606 312, http://www.resident-music.com/) Open Mon – Sat 9.00 – 6.30 Sundays 10.00 – 6.00



Rarekind Records
Rarekind brings you the best in Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Downtempo and Dubstep, all in one place just downfrom Brighton station. Upstairs is RK Bass records who specialise in drum n’ bass, jungle and old school hardcore.


Rarekind Record, 104 Trafalgar Street, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 4ER (01273 818170, http://rarekindrecords.co.uk/Open Mon – Sat: 11am -6pm Sundays 12 noon – 5pm


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I'm a writer, a runner, a poet and all round above average entity. A self-exiled Londoner, I've lived in Brighton for 20 years and am still revelling in living by the sea.