Update About London Sony Warehouse Fire

Three Suspects Arrested

Aug 11, 2011
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As riots still rage across England, various help has been formed to help the hundreds of independent labels with stock in the north London Sony DADC warehouse that was burned down. See information here. [PIAS] distribution is "working around the clock to ensure that the wheels of supply continue to turn as soon as possible," as stated in a press release. One particular release that was affected was the Arctic Monkeys' single "Hellcat Spangled Shalalala," which was scheduled to release on August 15 via Domino. The release is now limited to a few vinyl copies for sale on the band's website and a digital format.

The Co-Founder and CEO of [PIAS] Kenny Gates said, "The fund that is being put together in a matter of hours by [PIAS] and AIM (Association of Independent Music) demonstrates once again the strength and solidarity in the independent music community. [PIAS] will carry on engaging, helping and supporting its labels and artists in every way possible. I am very confident that our combined efforts will result in the smallest interruption to our collective business. Again the compassion of our recording artists, our labels and the industry wide support is amazing."

Chairman of the Beggars Group, Martin Mills said, "Larger labels are much better resourced to weather this storm - but small and new labels are the future and need support from their peers to see them through this crisis."

Mute Founder Daniel Miller said, "Following the sad events surrounding the fire at the Sony DADC warehouse which houses [PIAS]'s physical distribution, it is crucial that the independent community stands together to ensure the ongoing business of the labels so badly affected. Mute supports any initiatives that will enable this to happen."

BBC also reported that three male teenagers have been arrested for starting the warehouse fire, "accused of violent disorder and arson." Two 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old were originally taken into custody, but one has been bailed.




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