On Saturday 30th November, down in Old Spitialfield Market in London, spralled across awning-covered trestle tables were crates full of vinyl from UK independent music labels including 4AD, Bella Union, Pias, Stolen, Modular, LuvLuvLuv, Acid Jazz, Brownswood, Warp, Chess Club, and many, many more London Indie record labels.
The free accompanying guide to the Market provided a map to help navigate round the abundance of stalls hosted by record label representatives. The London Brewers Market also teamed up with the Independent Label Market, and in an improvised central beer garden, we were treated to DJ sets from Acid Jazz, Lex, Soul Jazz, East India Youth, !K7 Records, Strut Records and Coldcut whilst consuming the finest locally sourced ale.
The guide also included a fantastic written introduction by Quietus founder John Doran, in which he outlines the reasons why collecting vinyl still means so much to him. He delivers sentimental anecdotes, reminiscing 'I've got a signed copy of 'Reign in Blood' by Slayer and I still feel slightly embarrassed to this day when I remember Kerry King shaking his head in disbelief at me and saying "I ain't signing a copy of this album with a fucking fountain pen, someone get me a sharpie"’. He share's experiences of collecting whilst visiting New Orleans and other US cities with fond memories.
Doran also lists his nine reasons why he’s going to the Independent Label Market, which include; buying The Membranes/Throwing Up split single, buying the new Dead Skeletons and Flaming Lips EPs, meeting Matt Berry, and seeing Coldcut DJ.
John Doran recently signed new artist East India Youth to his Quietus Phonographic Corporation label, who DJed at the event. His recent EP ‘Hostel’ was on sale on the Stolen Records stall.
Eddie Pillar’s legendary Acid Jazz label was represented at the event, with Matt Berry there to sign his ‘Kill the Wolf’ LP.
Punk rock legend and editor of Louder than War; Jon Robb was also in attendance sporting his distinctive Mohawk, photographed with Charlatan's frontman Tim Burgess. See more photos over on the Independent Labels Market's Facebook.
Many stalls provided portable decks and headphones for attendees to have a listen to records at the stall.
Cassette tapes also seemed to make a comeback with many of the stalls providing this extra format on sale.