London Riots: Indie labels got ‘burned’

Sony DADC building in London was destroyed during the riot in London, Monday August 8, 2011. The building which are the main warehouse of many UK Indie Labels distribution such as 4AD, Beggars, XL Recordings, Domino, Soul Jazz, Warp and Rough Trade had lost large amount of CD, Vinyls and LPs in fire. That including the physical release of Arctic Monkyes’ new single The Hellcat Spangled Shalala (which planned release on august 15th) will be delayed until further notice from the label and also Charlie Simpson’s debut solo album Young Pligrim which have been destroyed around 300.000 unites. The PIAS’s website itself has confirmed the incident from their website;

There was a fire last night at the SonyDADC warehouse which services the physical distribution for [PIAS] in the UK and Ireland. [PIAS] is working closely with SonyDADC who are implementing their emergency plans. [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.

Many indie artists and other people in music business worried the most, especially retailer HMW where the shops affected on the first wave of the violence. They also mention it on their twitter, concerning the incident;

Thoughts go out to all the labels who have lost their stock in PIAS fire.” -Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand)
So looks like all our Sunday Best stock went up in flames last night in the PIAS blaze” -Rob da Bank (BBC DJ, Sunday Best Recordings)
I’m going down to the riots to hand out tea and mars bars #london” -MIA (Singer)

Let’s hope this won’t last long, if the youth wants to tell something to the police or the government they should’ve discuss it in a proper way so it won’t cause much loss like this. (Othy/Huffingtonpost)