The Best Record Shops in Brighton

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A person in a gray sweater flips through vinyl records in a wooden crate at a record store. The covers of records like Talking Heads and various others can be seen. The person is wearing several rings on their fingers.

Get your paws on some vinyl at these stellar stores

Resident Music

A quaint record shop named The Record Album features vintage LP covers displayed in the window. The shop's blue, beige, and white exterior stands on a tidy street corner. The door is partly open, inviting passersby inside. A sign reads The Record Shop for Connoisseurs.

28 Kensington Gardens, Brighton BN1 4AL | Open every day 9.30am-6pm

Named the Best Record Shop in the UK in 2019, Resident Music is a one-stop shop for music fans in Brighton. As well as the best in current records, you’ll find extensive back-catalogues and rare ‘dinked’ editions, plus signed CDs, vinyls and books. The shop sells tickets to local gigs and has had some huge names play in-store, from Laura Marling to the xx. What’s more, the shop has some of the friendliest and most helpful staff around, and they know their stuff - so you’re sure to get something to your taste even if you just come in for a browse.

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The Record Album

8 Terminus Road, Brighton BN1 3PD | Wednesday 12-5pm, Thursday - Saturday 10am-6pm

Located just a stone's throw from the station, The Record Album is Brighton institution as its oldest record shop, founded all the way back in 1948! It stocks a wide variety of records, with a strong focus on film soundtracks and anything Hollywood or showbiz-related. There are a lot of rare beasts hiding amongst the stacks, and owner George will happily help you in your search - his music knowledge is unrivaled, so you're sure to find whatever you're looking for, or pick up a great recommendation!

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The Wax Factor

Black and white photo of The Wax Factor, a record and bookshop. Three men are browsing outside: one at a table of records, another walking past, and the third exiting the store. The storefront has various posters and items on display.

24 Trafalgar St, Brighton BN1 4EQ | Open Monday - Saturday 11am-5pm, closed on Sunday

This record store and bookshop has been trading for almost 35 years now, and it only gets better with age. You could spend hours flipping through vinyl here, but our top tip? Get down (that's on your knees, rather than boogying) to stock up - there are a ton of hidden treasures stacked at the back of the shop. Prices aren't low for the collectibles, but grab four selected LPs you like and you'll be down only a tenner!

Click here for The Wax Factor’s Facebook page

Across The Tracks

A bearded man wearing a hat and coat sits outside a vintage record store. The store's entrance is filled with records, posters, and signs. Green bins of records are stacked on the sidewalk next to the entrance. Another person browses records inside the store.

110 Gloucester Rd, Brighton BN1 4AF | Open Monday - Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm

For used and second-hand records, Across the Tracks brings the cream of the crop. This old-school shop is always ready to go above and beyond in their recommendations and the records are always in great condition, so if you're not fussy about getting something pristine, you're sure to find some really good value purchases. They'll even clean the records before you buy!

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Mr Bongo

6 Gloucester Yard, 121-123 Gloucester Road, Brighton BN1 4AF | Monday - Friday 9am-5pm

Having only opened oin Brighton in 2016, Mr Bongo  is a relative newcomer on this list, but the owners have over 30 years of experience (and quite the story!) as an independent shop and producer of music AND films, since starting with the original Mr Bongo incarnation in London's Soho in the 1989; it was the first UK shop to sell records from many independent USA hip hop labels like Def Jam, Rawkus and Big Beat, and today the bright and airy shop specialises in hard to find, classic Latin and Brazilian music, as well as reggae, African and Jazz music.

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