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WAREHOUSE OF U.K. DISTRIBUTOR PIAS BURNS IN LONDON RIOTS, OVER 150 LABELS POSSIBLY AFFECTED…


CMU:
Sony DADC, which burned down last night, was a major distribution centre for many indie labels.

PIAS UK:

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.

Music Week:

Beggars Banquet, Domino and a host of other indie labels have become the latest victims of the riots ravaging London after the distribution warehouse where much of their stock was held was burned to the ground this morning.

Sony DADC in Enfield was set on fire this morning leaving many labels worried all or most of their stock of records by artists including Seasick Steve, The Horrors, Adele and Two Door Cinema Club have gone up in smoke.

PIAS holds all its stock on the premises, which are understood to have been set alight at around 4am this morning. No one from that company was available for comment…

Nevertheless, Mills called the latest set-back for the indie sector “horrible, horrible” and added
that many labels would also now face manufacturing issues to replenish destroyed stock…

The Guardian:

The fire will potentially impact labels such as Domino, as well as film production companies with DVD stock. Pias is the UK’s largest independent sales, marketing and distribution company.

Industry analyst Paul Scaife said: “Physical retail is still absolutely crucial to many in the independent sector and if – as seems quite likely – several smaller labels aren’t covered by insurers, this could be the difference between survival and going out of business.”

The musician James Vincent McMorrow tweeted that the fire was “absolutely devastating potentially to so many indie labels”, while label boss and festival promoter Rob Da Bank said it seemed that all the stock for his company Sunday Best had burned in the blaze…

BBC – Wales Music has statements from several labels, some below:

The London riots affected the UK music industry last night in a devastating fashion. An arson attack at Sony DADC‘s distribution centre in Enfield totally destroyed the building and the stock inside, including the UK’s largest stock of independently-released records.

Pias Entertainment Group (formerly Vital) distributes a huge list of independent companies’ releases. A large proportion of its stock was held at the Enfield centre…

“To give you some idea of the impact on us, our Pias section of CDs is the same size as Warner, EMI and Sony put together. People now buy CDs by the likes of Coldplay in Tesco for seven quid so there’s no point us stocking them. When it comes to buying albums, both on CD and vinyl, from bands on Domino, 4AD, Warp, XL, Xtra Mile and Loose then the independent record shop is going to be people’s first port of call”…

“Some of these labels are hopefully big enough to cope and it’ll mean a massive headache of an insurance claim, delayed releases and cash flow issue but some simply won’t cope with this”…

“Bands will have their incomes hit as they won’t have sales of back catalogue and may well have new releases delayed. It’s going to have a knock-on effect right down to our customers that are waiting for the new Toddla T or Wooden Shjips albums that are supposed to be released on Monday”…

“I’m just a bit numb. I have friends at labels that won’t have jobs and friends in bands that will have lost the records that they’re worked so hard to create. We’ll lose a few quid too, as will other shops but that’s irrelevant compared to what others are having to cope with”…