Frank Turner: ‘I was gutted and very angry about PIAS warehouse fire’

Folk troubadour says he fears the fire 'might be fatal' for some labels

Frank Turner has spoken about the fire that destroyed large amounts of stock for the UK’s leading independent record labels and has revealed it made him “very angry”.

PIAS distribution, which handles releases from XL Recordings, Beggars, Domino, Wall Of Sound, Warp Defected, Sunday Best and Big Brother, saw its warehouse in Enfield burnt down last Monday (August 8) and Turner has said he believes its consequences “might be fatal” for some labels.

Speaking to Kerrang!, Turner said:

When I found out that the PIAS warehouse had been hit, I was totally gutted and very angry. Whatever your views on the politics – personally I don’t think there were any – this is just hard-working, small independent businesses being ruined.


Turner, who is signed to UK independent label Xtra Mile, also spoke about the problems he believed his label and other small record companies would be facing.

He said:

Xtra Mile lost almost all their stock. In the short term, we’ll have some supply issues in the UK, but a lot of catalogue releases have been destroyed and we may not be able to repress them. Given how thinly stretched indie labels are already, the financial blow is very serious, for many labels it might be fatal.

Turner plays Reading and Leeds Festivals next weekend.