London Rioters Burn Helvetica & Objectified DVDs
Our UK warehouse, on fire…
You’ve undoubtedly heard about the riots happening across England now. A few nights ago, in the London suburb of Enfield, rioters broke into the Sony DADC distribution warehouse, where we happen to store our DVD inventory, along with hundreds of other indie labels including Warp, 4AD, Domino, Matador, and Sub Pop. After looting what they could, the warehouse was set ablaze and subsequently burned to the ground.
Approximately 20,000 of our DVDs were lost in the fire, mostly copies of Helvetica and Objectified. Sony has assured us that they’re insured and we’ll be reimbursed, but that the process won’t start until the ashes stop smoldering (seriously!). We’ll be fine, but there may be a delay in shipping orders to stores and customers in the UK and Europe as we repress our stock. We’re hoping that the many independent labels that lost much more than us can get through this period as well.
Maybe it’s a good time to switch to all-digital releases?