Sony/PIAS fire disaster
Riots severely damage music industry as record labels lose stock in warehouse fire
The recent riots sweeping across London since Saturday have proved disastrous for a large number of music labels - mostly small independents - after a fire has damaged a Sony/PIAS storage facility in Enfield.
On Monday night, a three-story warehouse in Enfield was burnt down to the detriment of a huge list of record labels. Record label Domino has been affected, whilst elsewhere Ninja Tune claims to have lost in excess of over 100,000 CDs and Vinyl records. Furthermore, the website Hypetrak reported that Beggars Group, who are associated with the likes of Rough Trade and 4AD, are understood to have lost their entire UK stock, estimated to be in excess of 750,000 copies and state that the strain of the fire means that it will take 10 days to replace CDs and at least three months to replace the vinyl stock.
Domino stressed on Tuesday the damage this has done:
“Domino has lost a large quantity of its CD and Vinyl stock in the Sony DADC fire, which took place last night. While relieved that no-one was injured in the incident, we’re upset about the loss and destruction of our stock, and thinking of our friends at other independent labels who were also affected by the fire. We are currently working hard with Sony DADC to maintain our release schedule and keep business going as usual. On a practical level, the physical release of Arctic Monkeys new single ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalalal’ will be affected, with limited quantities of the 7 inch now only available on its planned release date. All stock going to usual retail outlets has been in the Sony DADC warehouse in Enfield”.
Meanwhile, Ninja Tune expressed their displeasure stating that they were “sad that all the record were lost and destroyed”.
PIAS released a statement to DJmag yesterday to clarify the ruinous level of damage done:
“Sony DADC have actioned their business continuity plan and are back up and running from a new control room in Enfield. PIAS continue to work with them to minimise the impact on the business, a number one priority for all labels and clients. Sony DADC have identified a temporary distribution partner and it is envisaged that they will be in a position to pick, pack and ship orders in the course of next week. This follows an earlier statement regarding a fire last night at the SonyDADC warehouse, which services the physical distribution for PIAS in the UK and Ireland. PIAS’s UK offices in London and all other areas of our business are unaffected”.
Yesterday, The Guardian reported that Label boss and DJ, Rob Da Bank, was devastated with recent events: “I’m furious that people are doing this, and I’m devastated for PIAS and all the labels that have lost stock," he said. “It won’t ruin us as a business, but it will be a problem for labels who need stock to sell to keep them going”.
It certainly doesn’t stop there, with the following list indicating the full extent of the damage and the amount of record labels impacted by the fire:
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Words: David Rivers
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