Eastbourne sometimes referred to as “God’s waiting room” now has 5 independent record shops. Yes you read that right and three of them are on the same road! With the 8th Record Store Day (RSD) just around the corner on Saturday 21 April 2018 it seems a fitting time to let people know where you can pick up the latest releases, pre-loved and rare vinyl.
Two of the shops are affiliated with RSD and will be stocking a large selection of the limited edition releases and featuring live PA’s and DJ’s during the day.
First up is The Vinyl Frontier – 35 Grove Road – run by Chris and Rhydd, Eastbourne’s longest running record shop with a large selection of new and used vinyl covering a range of genres. It incorporates a great licensed cafe and hosts regular DJ nights, quizzes and games nights. This year which is the 6th year in succession that the shop has taken part in RSD they have live acts including David Ford, New Jazz Experience feat Mark Bedford aka Bedders from Madness, Terry Edwards, Simon Charleston and Sister Suzie plus more to be announced. They will also be hosting their official DJ after party at the shop till late.
Next up is Pebble Records – 14 Gildredge Road – run by Michael which stocks indie, psych, garage, rock, metal, dub, soul, funk, jazz, hip hop, blues and more. It is mainly new vinyl but they do have a small selection of used vinyl. They also stock CDs, tapes, and flexi disks and sell Hifi separates from Pro-Ject, Rega and Totem. On RSD they will have a DJ set from the Original Forty Fivers. Michael had this to say about his store “We are passionate about all music and I hope that comes across in the depth of music we sell in all its formats. The other thing we are passionate about is customer service and we make everyone feel welcome so come in and have a browse!”
With the 8th Record Store Day (RSD) just around the corner on Saturday 21 April 2018 it seems a fitting time to let people know where you can pick up the latest releases, pre-loved and rare vinyl.
Anytime Records – 54 Grove Road – is the newest shop in the Eastbourne scene and is run by turntablist and record collector Joe Law. It stocks the very best in new and second hand funk, soul, jazz, disco, latin, African, hip hop, reggae, dub and electronica. Also for sale are turntable cartridges, needles, tapes and headphones. The store also features analogue cameras and films by Photobite UK. Joe is very knowledgable and always has great recommendations to add to your collection.
Coastal records – 58 Grove Road – has been going for almost two years and is located in the basement of Little Chelsea Antiques Emporium also on Grove road. Ian the owner has been collecting records for many many years until his collection outgrew his home and he started a shop. He stocks all genres of music from the 1950’s to 1990’s which includes some very rare and collectable vinyl some of which come from his regular vinyl buying trips to the USA.
Last but by no means least is Not Just a Record Shop – 188 Seaside – run by Paul which has a constantly revolving selection of used records of all styles. This is a great place to dig as most 7″ records are 50p and albums start at £1 and has music of all genres. In addition there is a huge selection of CD’s, DVD’s and other record memorabilia. They had this to say about the Eastbourne scene “With a good selection of record shops in Eastbourne this actual helps each business rather then hinders it. People can travel to Eastbourne and make a day of visiting all the record shops. Also each shop has its own individual character as well, if someone wanted soul records after looking at our soul section in “Not Just A Record Shop” we would point them towards Taff in “Coastal Records” who does have a large selection and we have had people after new releases so we have directed them to “Pebble Records” & “Vinyl Frontier” as we only deal with second hand records.”
Christos is one half of the Original Forty Fivers – record collector DJ’s from the Sunshine Coast who play just 45rpm 7″vinyl incorporating old school hip hop, funk, Latin, reggae, re-edits and more.