Music industry counts cost of arson
THE music industry is counting the cost of the riots after numerous record labels saw their CD stocks wiped out in a warehouse fire.
Leading companies, such as XL and Domino -- who are behind acts including Adele and the Arctic Monkeys -- are among those which used the destroyed distribution hub in Enfield, north London.
Around 40 firefighters were involved in tackling the blaze at the Sony DADC warehouse early yesterday morning.
The 20,000sqm centre is used to store CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs and discs used for PlayStation portable games. It is also a major warehouse for stocks of indie labels, which are distributed from there by the PIAS Entertainment Group.
Alison Wenham, who chairs the Association of Independent Music, said: "This is a disaster for the music community, but with the fans' help, labels and artists will survive."
One witness claimed to have seen a number of looters leaving the warehouse with items before the blaze took hold.
Guests at a Premier Inn hotel next door to the distribution centre were evacuated as the fire raged.
Sony said in a statement: "At this time, we are unable to confirm the extent of the damage or the cause until the fire is fully extinguished and a full investigation can be carried out by the authorities."
Domino Records -- the leading indie label behind acts such as Franz Ferdinand -- said today that it had lost a "large quantity" of CD and vinyl stock.
The new Arctic Monkeys single, 'The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala', is among the releases which will be affected by the incident, with only a reduced number of vinyl copies available when it is out on Monday.
Meanwhile, a number of brides had their wedding dresses looted from a couture clothes store -- just a week before they were due to be collected.
Giselle Asante, who has owned her tailor-made clothing business in Peckham high street in south east London for 20 years, burst into tears as she surveyed the damage left behind by looters.
The premises had been ransacked, with custom-made clothes stolen, including several wedding dresses which had been due for collection in a few days, to be worn at ceremonies this summer.
Mrs Asante said: "It is truly devastating. We cannot replace any of these things because we made them all."