Resident are thrilled to announce that they have been named “Best Independent Retailer” at this year’s Music Week Awards.
This year they’re celebrating their 15th anniversary and this award serves as great recognition of their work. Over the 15 years they have grown the business from a husband and wife team into a team of 17 staff and have doubled the size of the shop by expanding into the unit next door.
Last Thursday evening (May 9) witnessed the biggest Music Week Awards in history, with over 1,300 people heading to London’s Battersea Evolution for the most prestigious night out in the industry. The evening celebrated the best in the biz in the world of labels, publishing, live, retail, A&R, radio, marketing and PR – including Brighton’s finest: Resident, who scooped the ‘Best Independent Retailer 2019’ award!
Resident co-founder Natasha Youngs was a very surprised winner of the award. “As you can tell I didn’t expect to win it so I have prepared literally nothing,” she laughed. But it was a fitting victory for the Brighton record shop, which turns 15 this year.
Youngs used her platform as an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the whole sector. “We are the people that are talking to customers over the counter and doing the grassroots hard line stuff and we love what we do, but it’s graft and it’s really hard graft and thank you for recognising it,” she said. “The team that I’m sitting with this evening is a great group of independent record shops and we are spread all over the country and we work really hard together. Actually, I kind of want to say that I feel a little bit like I’ve nicked this off them. We work really hard together and so I dedicate this to all the independent record shops in the country.” Cue: a massive round of applause.
Congratulations to Natasha, Derry and the Resident team!
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Phone: 01273 606312
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