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First Press Record Fair @ Komedia – 31st March

First Press Record Fair @ Komedia – 31st March

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10:00 AM

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Komedia, Brighton

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First Press returns to Komedia on Sunday 31st March for another music filled afternoon of digging, DJs and vibes alongside some of Brighton’s finest record stores, sellers and labels!

We’ll have a great spread of crates for you to peruse, joined by legends such as Geoff Finch, The Record Album and Mrs. Canuitcaq’s own Josh Dean side by side with a new generation in the shape of Capsule Records, Union Lewes and David Loja as well as a selection of Brighton based labels including Jalapeno, Tru Thoughts, Freshly Squeezed and Hive Mind.

We’ll be broadcasting live with our partner Slack City Radio from 10am-3pm, with some of the stations finest joining us as well as sets from First Press and local vinyl legend Geoff Finch.

*** The day is FREE ENTRY! ***

This time, we’re delighted to be sponsoring ‘Help Musicians’ – a charity dedicated to supporting young artists on their journey. You’ll find donation links around the event, which will give you the chance to donate to grass roots music whilst enjoying the second hand and new release vinyl – let’s help stock the shelves of tomorrow by supporting musicians on their journey.


What can you expect?

Record Sellers

Komedia Record Fair has been running in various guises for decades and their selection of rarities, hard to find collectables and wide range of styles has made them a staple of the Brighton record collecting scene, you can expect a wide range of genres from some of the South Coast’s most experienced collectors.

We’re delighted to welcome some of Brighton’s biggest and most celebrated labels and stores. We’ll have a hand picked selection of back catalogues, as well as new and unreleased records and some of the cities most unique record stores coming together for one day.

***Capsule Records***

From their friendly new neighbourhood space on the Western Road, Capsule proudly stock a wide range of genres, all hand picked, for you to explore and find the next gem for your growing vinyl collection. With a state of the art sound system, a cosy coffee bar and passionate staff it’s the perfect space to spend some time enjoying good music.

As passionate Hove dwellers Capsule felt the time was right to bring a vinyl record store to the heart of the Hove community. They started looking for premises and the timing could not have been more perfect as the iconic Igigi store was looking to close its doors. And so Capsule Records was born, passing the wonderful shop from one passionate team to the next.

***Jalapeno Records***

Since its inception Jalapeno Records has grown into an oasis of funked up, fun-loving dance music which defies pigeon-holing. From huge album releases by the legendary nu-disco crew Kraak & Smaak to the gospel-infused blues of Izo FitzRoy, to the crisp hip-hop breaks from fun-loving showstoppers The Allergies, to the northern soul of Smoove & Turrell, whatever flavour of beats tickle your taste buds, there’s something to dig at Jalapeno Records.

***Phantom Limb***

One of Brighton’s most celebrated labels, home to an incredible array of experimental music from around the world. You’ll find boundary pushing hip hop alongside stunning soundtracks and thought provoking dance music.

***Tru Thoughts***

Brighton based record label Tru Thoughts has been releasing Electronic, Jazz, Soul, Hip-Hop, Downtempo, Grime and more for the past 24 years. Born out of a club night, Tru Thoughts boasts releases from across genres, including Alice Russell, Hot 8 Brass Band, Flowdan, Quantic, Bonobo, Moonchild, Zed Bias, Ty and their incredible Shapes compilation series. One of the UK’s finest independent labels, expect tunes perfect for the dancefloor as well as the long night after.

***Freshly Squeezed***

Brighton-based Independent Record Label Freshly Squeezed have an uncompromising quest for only the very best music that has enabled them to evolve from a small DIY label to host a roster of quirky, idiosyncratic music that you’d be unlikely to hear anywhere else. Specialists in the electro swing phenomena, expect some fascinating and floor filling cuts.

***Hive Mind***

Hive Mind is a vinyl led record label bringing you vintage and contemporary sounds from around the globe and a stalwart of First Press.. Hive Mind follow the teachings of Sun Ra – “Music is a plane of wisdom, because music is a universal language, it is a language of honor, it is a noble precept, a gift of the Airy Kingdom, music is air, a universal existence … common to all the living.”

***The Record Album***

Opened in 1948 – The Record Album sells all kinds of music from pop to classical, but specialises in soundtracks, cinema and theatre – lovingly caring for records of all varieties from one of the longest standing shops in town. They have a wide range of rare prints as well as some incredible bargains.

***Union Lewes***

Union Lewes are self described ‘vinyl junkies and cratediggin’ fanatics’ – they host a personally curated selection that’s open to all styles that founders Del and Danny are whipped up in. With racks full of everything from jazz to reggae, ambient to esoteric guitar music, classic rock to killer blues – we’re delighted to have them with us for the day.

***David Loja***

David Loja is back with his incredible selection of worldly delights, with his criminally underpriced bargain box as well as premium cuts from around the globe with a focus on European funk and African beats.

***The Vinyl Selecter***

Open Market residents, you can now Vinyl Selecter every day with a selection of vintage vinyl – including a wide selection of reggae, classic rock, dance 12”, soul, funk and much more.

DJs live on Slack City Radio

We’ve got all vinyl DJ’s running from 10am-3pm all broadcast live on the mighty Slack City – with some of the stations finest shows joining us, alongside special guests Rival Self and Geoff Finch

—Rival Self—

DJ, producer, tape looper, artist, turntable musician, overthinker.

A First Press regular, we’re thrilled to have one of Brighton’s best turntablists on the decks for the first time with us. 

—Oz Adams— 

Co-founder of DJ collective Different Strokes for Different Folks together with his cousin, the artist and illustrator Nick Taylor. He’s an avid vinyl collector, DJ around the city and a fundamental believer in the power of musical rabbit holes.

—Juicy Town—

On your trip to Juicy Town you’ll discover eclectic tunes from across the globe of all genres with one important characteristic binding them together; they’re god-dang juicy. Get inspired by styles of music and pioneering musicians you’ve probably not come across before, alongside absolute eclectic bangers. These songs are here to get under your skin, make you move, feel and day dream. Life’s juicy, when you’re vibin’.

—Geoff Finch—

Geoff is the legendary record seller behind Brighton’s original record fair in the Brighton Centre. Running this huge event for several decades he amassed thousands of records and will be having a spin at First Press alongside Let Me Put This On presenter George.


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