Say “London markets” out loud. Now everyone is looking at you like you’ve gone mad. Hilarious. But back to the markets. What comes to mind? I’m thinking exotic foods, local foods, exotic clothing, local clothing, trinkets, odds and ends, maybe even bits and bobs. I’m guessing you’re thinking something along the same lines. Because great minds think alike. Congratulations. You have a great mind. Again, back to the markets. We agree that they have a lot of stuff. But what about Indie music?
This 21st of May, Soho’s Berwick Street will be playing host to the Independent Label Market, which is exactly what it sounds like. Label bosses manning stalls, dealing directly with customers and probably sipping from flasks of tea, just because that’s how I imagine it happening. They’re also wearing fingerless gloves. Good thing it’ll be spring; speaking from experience, those things do not keep your hands warm. They sure are stylish, though.
So who can you expect to see? Here’s the first 13. A further five will be announced on Monday 18th April.
- Rough Trade
- Bella Union
- Angular Records
- House Anxiety
- Weird World
- Moshi Moshi
For those of you who aren’t sure, yes, these are some of the biggest names in Europe’s independent music industry. Domino has just released a pretty fantastic new album by The Kills, entitled Blood Pressures, while Rough Trade’s shop is the only one selling Underworld’s score to Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed Frankenstein adaptation. And that’s just a small taste of all that these labels have going on.