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London Riot Blaze Decimates Indie CD Stock

Posted on 10 August 2011 by Joe

The UK indie music scene is facing a “disaster” after hundreds of thousands of CDs were destroyed  in a warehouse blaze during rioting in London.

The Sony DADC warehouse in Enfield housed CDs for hundreds of UK and European independent labels through the distributor PIAS.

All the stock was destroyed in the blaze, which music trade association AIM says will lead to “much hardship for the artists and labels affected.” Labels are now battling to ensure release dates are met and stocks can reach retailers.

AIM chairman and CEO Alison Wenham said: “This is a disaster for the music community.”

She called on music fans to help the artists and labels affected by buying a digital album from an independent label or seeking out a CD by one of the affected labels at their local independent record stores, who are also set to be hit as stocks dry up.

A Statement from AIM adds: “This way the labels will be able to remanufacture their CDs and vinyl more quickly, to resupply the record shops who are also affected by the riots.”

Arctic Monkeys' single among releases effected

Arctic Monkey's single among releases effected

PIAS  has been working with Sony to find a temporary distribution partner. The distributor said: “It is envisaged that they will be in a position to pick, pack and ship orders in the course of next week.”

Among artists affected is Arctic Monkeys, which lost thousands of copies of its new single The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala. Limited stock of the Domino label released single is now available direct from the band’s website.

Domino said: “While relieved that no one was injured in the incident, we’re upset about the loss and destruction of our stock, and thinking of our friends at other independent labels who were also affected by the fire.

“We are currently working hard with Sony DADC to maintain our release schedule and keep business going as usual.”

Another is former Busted singer Charlie Simpson. Holly from his PR firm Dawbell Digital tell us that “we’ve had Charlie Simpson’s debut album affected; 30,000 stock was in the warehouse and the record is out next week.”

Here is a list of labels affected. Why not show your support for the UK’s independent music scene by googling them, check out their artists and download an album today.

1234, 2020 Vision, Accidental, Ad Altiora, Adventures Close to home, Alberts, All City, Alt Delete, Ambush Reality, Angular, Ark, ATC, Atic, Atlantic Jaxx, Azuli, B Unique, Backyard, Bad Sneakers, Bandstock, Beggars, Big Chill, Big Dada, Big Life / Nul / Sindy Stroker, Boombox, Border Community, Boysnoize, Brille, Bronzerat, Brownswood, Buzzin Fly, Can You Feel It, Catskills, ChannelFly, Chemikal Underground, City Rockers, Counter, D Cypher Dance To The Radio, Deceptive, Def Jux, Dirtee Stank, Divine Comedy, Domino, Drag City, Drive Thru, Drowned in Sound, Duophonic, Eat Sleep / Sorepoint, Electric Toaster, Emfire, F. Comm, Fabric, Faith And Hope, Fantastic Plastic, Fargo, FatCat Feraltone, Finders Keepers / Twisted Nerve, Fingerlickin’, Flock Free Range, From The Basement, Full Time Hobby, Goldsoul, Gronland, Groove Attack, Halftime, Hassle, Heron, Hum&Haw, Independiente, Info UK, Join Us, Kartel, Kensaltown, Kitsune, Kompakt, Laughing Stock, Leftroom, Lex, Lo Max, Loose, Love Box, Lowlife, Lucky Number, Marquis Cha Cha, Memphis Industry, Merok, Metroline, Mute, Naïve, Nation, Navigator, New World, Ninja Tune, Nuclear Blast, One Little Indian, Output / People in the Sky /, Process, Pale Blue, Palm, Peacefrog, PIAS Recordings, PIP 555, Productions, Play To Work, Powerhouse (T2), Propaganda / Ho Hum, Raw Canvas, Red Grape, Red Telephone Box, Rekids, Renaissance, Respect Productions (PES digital), Reveal Records, RMG, Rock Action, Roots, Rough Trade, Rough Trade Comps, Rubyworks, Ruffa Lane, Search And Destroy, Secret Sundaze, Secretly Canadian / Jagjaguwar / Dead Oceans, Sell Yourself, Setanta, Shatterproof, Sideone Dummy, Slam Dunk, Smalltown, Soma, Something In Construction, Sonar Kollectiv, Soul Jazz, Southern Fried, Stranded Soldier, Subliminal, Sunday Best, TARGO, Taste, Ten Worlds, Thrill Jockey, Total Fitness, Touch And Go, Track And Field, TriTone, Trouble, Try Harder, Turk, Turnstile, Twenty 20, Underworld, Union Square, Urban Torque, Vagrant, Vice, Victory, Wagram, Wall Of Sound, Warp, Wi45, Wonky Atlas, Word And Sound, Xtra Mile, You Are Here

by Joe Lepper

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