Three teenagers charged over Sony warehouse fire, campaign launched to aid labels effected

Two 17-year-olds and an 18-year-old face jail over the arson attack on the Enfield warehouse.

11.08.11

Words by: Charlie Jones

Two days after the warehouse holding stock from several of the UK’s best indies was torched by rioters, three arrests have been made, as London24 reports. Violent disorder and arson are the charges.

The fire, which turned the physical catalogue of 164 labels including Beggars, XL, Warp, Angular, Brille and Tri Angle extremely limited edition overnight, took place during the riots of Monday. A fund, LabelLove was established. Failing that, music fans are encouraged to donate to the labels directly, a process also known as “buying records”.

Angular Records’s gallows humour statement, below, explains the devastation.

I just hope the rioters orchestrated this as a KLF-esque commentary on art and the value of commodity. Or maybe they’d seen The Wicker Man and decided to sort us all out with a good old sacrifice to ensure a good harvest next year.

Was it a crime or was it art? Was it destruction or was it rock n roll?

Either way, we and 164 other labels have lost EVERYTHING. All of our cds and records, all of our stock is gone. Entire back catalogues will never be the same again. Everything on Angular is now very very rare…

If you’d like to help us recover our losses and get back on our feet, the most helpful way would be to buy some mp3s from iTunes or from our online shop.

Thank you for all the kind messages of love and support we’ve been receiving, it’s good to know you’re out there. 🙂