London riots: Arrests over Sony warehouse fire as music labels mull future

10:37 11 August 2011

Damage caused by huge fire at Sony warehouse will hit music firms Pic: PA

Damage caused by huge fire at Sony warehouse will hit music firms Pic: PA

Three arrests have been made over the fire at a Sony music warehouse which threatens to devastate many independent labels in the UK.

All those detained were teenagers, including two 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old.

They were held in connection with violent disorder and arson.

One 17-year-old was bailed. The remaining two suspects remain in police cells.

More than 150 independent music labels lost stock in the fire, which gutted the distribution centre, in Solar Way, Enfield.

Beggars Group lost 750,000 CDs alone.

An uncertain few weeks faces music groups without any stock to sell. Radio 1 DJ and music shop owner Rob Da Bank said the independent industry was “on a knife-edge.”

“Some labels and shops are going to be really affected by it. It just shows how precarious the indie thing is,” he told NME.

Replacing lost vinyl, which is prized by collectors, may take up to three months. Replacing CDs will take around 10 days.

Labelling the blaze “a disaster for the music community,” the Association of Independent Music said fans can help out.

“What music fans can do to show their support for the indie label community, and help them survive this disaster is to buy 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,” said AIM chairmen, Alison Wenham.

“This way, the labels will be able to remanufacture their CDs and vinyl more quickly, to resupply the record shops which are also affected by the riots”.

“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.”

Related articles

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Friday, March 6, 2015
Teen victim Alan Cartwright

A man has been charged today with the murder of 15-year-old Alan Cartwright.

Friday, March 6, 2015
The man appeared at Hendon Magistrates' Court [Image from Google StreetView]

A man from Kilburn has admitted pleasuring himself in front of a class full of children at a school.

Friday, March 6, 2015
At an earlier hearing, the prosecution claimed Mr Barry was followed into The Broadway and killed because he would not let the boys into the building.

A 13-year-old boy has pleaded guilty to murdering a builder after a row outside a block of flats in December.

Friday, March 6, 2015
The sickening attack took place near this spot on a busy main road [Image from Google StreetView]

Police believe at least two people walked by a woman being sexually assaulted on a busy road in Hounslow.

Friday, March 6, 2015
The dentist tried to fit a bridge in the Cannon Styreet branch of McDonald's (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A rogue dentist who tried to fit a bridge on a woman’s teeth in a branch on McDonald’s in central London has been struck off ‘for public protection’.

Friday, March 6, 2015
The attack took place on a 134 bus in Muswell Hill around 11pm on Thursday, February 12 (Picture: Met Police)

A passenger on a bus in north London was subjected to a horrific unprovoked attack after a man assaulted him from behind.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Some soap fans think Vanessa Woodfield should be in a lesbian relationship, following her fling with Rhona Goskirk.

Read more

The actor drew on his own personal relationships for his role in the Netflix drama.

Read more

The author still hasn’t got used to selling on the film rights to his work.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

No one was hurt in the crash, and officials have started to investigate what caused it.

The dog was treated pretty well in the whole robbery situation.

16-year-old Becky Watts went missing from her home on three weeks ago.

Quirky London