Warehouse burns to the ground

A host of independent labels could be affected after a Sony DADC warehouse was burned to the ground in last night's (August 8th) riots.

Beginning in Tottenham, the riots in London quickly spread. Last night (August 8th) saw widespread damage, with hundreds of arrests and looting on a massive scale across East London.

Amongst the areas affected were Hackney, Dalston and Croydon - all heart-lands of the creative industries in London. Now it seems that the riots could have caused untold damage to the independent music scene.

Rumours emerged this morning (August 9th) that a warehouse in Enfield owned by Sony DADC was burned to the ground. The stock was set to be distributed by the PIAS Group, and a Tweet from the firm's Head of Digital Marketing confirmed the sad news.

Darren Hemmings wrote: "I can confirm that the Sony DADC warehouse in Enfield did burn to the ground, and Sony holds PIAS stock."

Continuing, Hemmings said: "In terms of the impact to PIAS etc., the situation remains to be clarified. Again, I will not post anything until I have confirmed info."

Rough Trade Shops were quick to express their shock and sympathy with PIAS, writing: "Our largest INDEPENDENT supplier Pias got burnt 2 the ground last night, best to all staff,labels that lost stock. no injuries".

Amongst the labels affected were Rock Action, Sonic Cathedral and many more. Obviously, at this level money is extremely tight and incidents like these can destroy work that has taken years to accomplish.

Sonic Cathedral wrote on Twitter: "just seen sony in enfield - sonic cathedral's stock was there."

Elsewhere, Tri-Angle wrote: "PIAS distribution burnt down last night. No words. I just feel sick."

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