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London’s Burning!!! Riots Kill the Indie Scene

Submitted by on Tuesday, 9 August 2011No Comment

Our thoughts go out to our readers overseas, just as they have gone there over the past few days: It’s been difficult to focus exclusively on music news while London has experienced these socially catastrophic riots. And honestly, we haven’t. But while there’s no just or easy way to compartmentalize the events’ devastation, an event last night did bring some unfortunate repercussions pointedly to the music community. The NY Times reports that late on Monday, Sony’s 215,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Enfield was set ablaze. In addition to being Sony property, the warehouse “was the main distribution hub for PIAS, the biggest distributor of independent labels in the Britain and Ireland. More than a dozen influential labels lost stock in the fire, among them Sub Pop, Beggars Group, Domino, Warp, XL and Soul Jazz.” This means that a lot of the labels that put out a lot of your favorite records are facing some potentially crippling setbacks. Here’s PIAS’s official statement:

Sony DADC have actioned their Business Continuity Plan and are back up and running from a new control room in Enfield. PIAS continue to work with them to minimise the impact on the business, a number one priority for all labels and clients. SonyDADC have identified a temporary distribution partner and it is envisaged that they will be in a position to pick, pack and ship orders in the course of next week.

This follows an earlier statement regarding a fire last night at the SonyDADC warehouse, which services the physical distribution for PIAS in the UK and Ireland. PIAS’s UK offices in London and all other areas of our business are unaffected. More information will be communicated shortly to all our labels and partners

Further details will follow tomorrow morning.

We wish to thank everyone for the overwhelming messages of support.

According to Pitchfork, the Beggars Group (Matador, XL, Rough Trade, 4AD, True Panther, Young Turks) lost its entire stock of 750,000 LPs. The Chicago Reader estimates Thrill Jockey’s losses at $300,000. You can stay tuned to the Twitter and official web pages of the various labels affected for more up to date info, but the bottom line is — if you enjoy music released by any of the affected entities, now would be a good time to show your support and purchase some music. You’ll feel good if you do. So will many others who work hard for your benefit. Promise.



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