London Riots Hit The Independent Music Industry
PIAS Records and Sony get targeted by looters and arsonists during the North London riots.
The London riots caused a dent in the independent music industry last night when the Sony Distribution centre in Enfield was robbed and burned down by looters.
The building was the sole distribution base for Sony Corp’s UK distribution as well as home to PIAS Distribution.
Some of the labels that PIAS distributes are those such as Nuclear Blast (the home of Anthrax, Behemoth, Decapitated and Nightwish).
PIAS also distribute for Smalltown Records, who have While She Sleeps and Shadows Chasing Ghosts on their roster.
Other labels distributed by PIAS are Touch and Go Records (Rollin’s band), Victory Records (A Day To Remember, Funeral For a Friend, Emmure) and Hassle (August Burns Red, Alkaline Trio) as well as SideOne Dummy (Flogging Molly, Gaslight Anthem).
The North London electronics centre was home to stock for several independent music labels and was burned down in the throng of riots that have been going on for three consecutive nights
The extent of the damage is as-yet unknown but there are fears about the possible implications the fire could have on independent music in the UK.
A spokeswoman for Sony Corp. told Reuters “We cannot determine the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage yet because it’s not possible to enter the building.”
She also said “There will likely be some impact on deliveries.”