4

Artists React and Reach Out as London Riots Continue

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

In the midst of the madness, a three-story Sony warehouse in Enfield that was stocked with materials from over 150 indie labels was burned to the ground by rioters on August 8. The building, which was owned by Sony DADC, contained stock for Domino Records and XL Recordings, among others, and was the main warehouse for indie distributor PIAS.

Naturally, this is a major bummer for all of the artists on any label that had its stock in the PIAS warehouse. That's exactly why other artists are showing their support for the musicians that are mourning the loss of their stock of records.

 

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos tweeted, "Thoughts go out to all the labels who have lost their stock in PIAS fire."

M.I.A. tweeted, "I'm going down to the riots to hand out tea and Mars bars."

Meanwhile, Kate Nash and members of the Kaiser Chiefs are aiding in the cleanup of the riots. The Kaiser Chiefs' lead singer Ricky Wilson tweeted about heading outside with brooms and urging others to do the same. Kate Nash tweeted that she was out and about with trash bags and was pleased to see parts of the community coming together to help clean up London.

Hopefully the riots will end shortly. In the meantime, some Londoners are doing their part to speed up the process.

Follow us on Twitter and friend us on Facebook

 

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.