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London riots and the music industry

August 9, 2011

I live in Croydon, large areas of which were devastated by riots yesterday. When I say riots, I mean vandalism and looting on a large scale by uneducated thick-as-a-ditch morons.

It happened all over London and in other parts of the UK too. People lost businesses and their homes. I wish nothing but bad upon the selfish chav scum rioters.

Many independent record labels lost all their stock in a fire at a distribution warehouse in north London. A building in Enfield, owned by Sony DADC and holding stock for distributors The Pias Group, was burned to the ground. Pias is the UK’s largest independent sales, marketing and distribution company.

Beggars Banquet Group chairman Martin Mills confirmed his group had stock at the site, but told Music Week that he and other larger labels would be less affected by the disaster than smaller counterparts because they carried stock in other locations. Nevertheless, he called the latest setback for the indie sector ‘horrible, horrible’ and added that many labels would also now face manufacturing issues to replenish destroyed stock.

A statement from Pias says: ‘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.’
Several smaller labels aren’t covered by insurance for events like this and it could lead to their inability to carry on trading.

MIA apparently tweeted: im going down to the riots to hand out tea and mars bars #london, provoking anger from many of her followers before the comment subsequently appeared to be taken down from her Twitter account. What an idiot.I’m very disappointed in her – I thought she was more intelligent than that.

This is a tragedy for many people as I said and the fact that it will also probably kill several small record labels just adds to the pain of it all.

The full list of labels distributed by Pias is as follows:

  • 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 Banquet
  • 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
  • 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
2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 11, 2011 11:49 pm

    Here’s a BBC report from a couple of days later:

    1.5 million CDs destroyed. Pias and AIM have announced they are to set up a fund to help labels which have been affected by the fire. Scotland Yard says three male teenagers have been arrested. Police say two 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old have been arrested, accused of violent disorder and arson.

  2. August 17, 2011 11:33 am

    Here’s another BBC news item about the effect of the fire on the Manchester scene:

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