Pias back in business after London riots

Music distributors Pias are back in business, following the loss of its Enfield warehouse facility caused by the London riots, clashmusic has reported.

The fire at the Sony DADC warehouse in Enfield looked set to seriously damage the music industry, with over 150 independent labels losing their stock in the blaze.

However, a contingency plan has now been put into practice, with Sony DADC handling bulk orders and Proper Music Distribution taking care of specialist and catalogue orders.

Sony has established a new distribution centre based in Hoddesdon in Hertfordshire, which opened for business on Monday 22nd August.

Kenny Gates, founder and current CEO of the distributor, stated his relief in a new statement: “I am happy we have found a solution to resume selling physical stock from our recording artists and our labels. The way this has been dealt with by all involved, the support from everyone around us and the shared determination to come out of this stronger is exceptional and truly inspiring."

“I want to thank everyone who has been showing genuine support in the last few days and the [PIAS] UK staff who have been admirable in their swift actions,” he added. “We can now fully focus on supporting our labels beyond resolving the immediate logistical issues and ensure we all come out of this stronger and more resilient than ever before.”