[PIAS] warehouse burns to ground in London riots - IMPALA wishes the very best to all staff and affected labels in these difficult times.

Brussels, 9th August 2011

The [PIAS] Distribution / Sony DADC building in Enfield was attacked last night during the riots that hit London. Thankfully, no member of the staff was injured during the incident but It is now confirmed that all stock held in the warehouse has been destroyed by the fire. This incident could have a devastating impact for many of the labels concerned, as well as for independent record stores

The official PIAS statement on the situation, published earlier today, reads as follows:

"There was a fire last night at the SonyDADC warehouse which services the physical distribution for [PIAS] in the UK and Ireland. [PIAS] is working closely with SonyDADC who are implementing their emergency plans. [PIAS]‘s UK offices in London and all other areas of our business are unaffected. More information will be communicated shortly to all our labels and partners."

For up-to-date information, please visit [PIAS] website

IMPALA would like to wish the very best to all staff and affected labels in these difficult times. and fully endorses the various calls for support launched earlier today. IMPALA invites music fans to show their support for the indie label community - and help them survive this disaster - by buying a digital download of an album from any one of the digital retailers in the UK, as well as going to their local record store while stocks last. This way the labels will be able to remanufacture their CDs and vinyl more quickly and resupply the record shops also affected by the riots.

AIM’s CEO and IMPALA Board member declared: “This is a disaster for the music community, but with the fans’ help, labels and artists will survive. Please show your support for the music community by buying a digital album from an independent label today”.

When speaking to Music Week, Beggars Group Chairman and IMPALA Board member Martin Mills called the latest set-back for the indie sector “horrible, horrible” and added that many labels would also now face manufacturing issues to replenish destroyed stock.


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