Countless labels lose stock after PIAS warehouse burnt down“Enfield’s Sony distribution centre, also home of PIAS Distribution, was set on fire in the London riots last night.
The extent of the damage is yet to be confirmed, but it’s believed to be severe: comments from some of the countless labels that work with PIAS – amongst others, Warp, Ninja Tune, Young Turks and Sunday Best – have referred to stock going “up in flames” and the warehouse being “burnt down”.
According to a Sony spokeswomen, the label “cannot determine the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage yet because it’s not possible to enter the building.”
The full list of labels that distribute through PIAS is available on their website, but it’s currently down, so Drowned in Sound members have posted the information in their forum for reference.”
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Meanwhile, the Association of Independent Music posted a statement:
“To all music fans:
You may have heard that the London riots have caused the destruction of a warehouse in North London housing many of the UK’s independent labels and artists. All the stock has been destroyed by fire.
This will lead to much hardship for the artists and labels affected.
What music fans can do to show their support for the indie label community, and help them survive this disaster is to buy a digital download of an album from any one of the digital retailers in the UK, as well as going to their local record store while stocks last.
This way, the labels will be able to remanufacture their CD’s and vinyl more quickly, to resupply the record shops who are also affected by the riots.
Alison Wenham, Chairman and CEO of AIM, the UK’s Trade Association for the Independent Music Industry commented: “This is a disaster for the music community, but with the fans’ help, labels and artists will survice. Please show your support for the music community by buying a digital album from an independent label today”.AIM Statement