Sony DADC in Enfield was set on fire this morning leaving many labels worried all or most of their stock of records by artists including Seasick Steve, The Horrors, Adele and Two Door Cinema Club have gone up in smoke.
PIAS holds all its stock on the premises, which are understood to have been set alight at around 4am this morning. No one from that company was available for comment.
Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills confirmed his group had stock at the major warehouse, but said he and other larger labels would be less affected by the disaster than smaller labels because they carried stock in other locations.
Nevertheless, 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.
AIM has been quick to support the affected labels. In a plea to fans, the indie organisation has asked music buyers to help out small labels by buying a digital download of an album from any one of the digital retailers in the UK in addition to going to their local record store while stocks last.
AIM chairman and CEO Alison Wenham said by doing this the labels will be able to remanufacture their CD's and vinyl more quickly, to resupply the record shops who are also affected by the riots. Wenham added,: "This is a disaster for the music community, but with the fans' help, labels and artists will survice. Please show your support for the music community by buying a digital album from an independent label today".
Meanwhile, Discovery Records has offered a stop-gap distribution facility to labels and distributors caught up in the problem.
The company, a wholly independent distributor with over 30 years of experience, said they were prepared to help anyone who needed a temporary fix with no strings attached, in order to maintain trading whilst existing services are repaired.