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Riot Fires Hurt Indy Music Scene

todayAugust 14, 2011

Sony Warehouse Fire

For days, riots and fires have been taking place in the UK with one delivering a huge hit to the Indy music world. A Sony distribution warehouse in Enfield was burned to the ground on August 9th.

The building, according to Irish news outlet, held the entire inventory for PIAS UK, a distributing hub for more than 150 labels, many of which have suffered severe setbacks. Some of these labels included Sub Pop, Drive Thru Records, Rough Trade, Domino, and Fatcat Records.

One band affected was the Arctic Monkeys. Their upcoming single “The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala” was housed in the warehouse, and now only limited copies are available on their website.

Fans of Indy music are quickly jumping in to help out. According to, the campaign “LabelLove“ is allowing visitors to donate money to help quicken the recovery.

For more information on ways to help, you can email

Written by: Garrett Powders