The Sony DADC mastering plant in Enfield, destroyed in last night’s riots, was the main distribution centre for Play It Again Sam (PIAS), the sales and marketing group which handles distribution for many of London’s smaller record labels. This is bad news for fans of independent music of all genres – the labels distributed by PIAS includes the likes of Beggars Banquet, Domino (who represent Franz Ferdinand, above), Kitsune, Sunday Best, Wall Of Sound, Thrill Jockey, Vice and Soul Jazz among others. In many cases, the Enfield plant was the only location where their stock was stored, meaning they could have lost substantial parts of their catalogue, and face difficulties in having replacement stock manufactured. So far there’s no news of whether all, or any, of these labels will be entitled to insurance payouts to cover their lost stock, so it’s a nervous day for many in the industry. PIAS has promised to release a more detailed statement on the damage and its consequences later today – we’ll update you as soon as we know more.
For the latest updates, see timeout.com/london-riots.