Time flies, as they say.
The Independent Label Market was forged five years ago, and in that time events have been held from the United States to Scotland.
Returning to Spitalfields Market in London's fashionable Shoreditch area this weekend, the Independent Label Market will toast its birthday in style.
Fire Records are stalwart supporters of the endeavour, which allows fans to get up close and personal with the people who work at their favourite labels.
The team will be on hand this weekend, hosting a stall packed with new releases, and more than a few surprises.
Here's a playlist from the Fire Records team, and a few words on what the Independent Label Market means to them.
Fire Records have been involved with The Independent Label Market since its inception hosting stalls at all three events annually and including their recent anniversary.
Bringing together obsessive fans, new music seekers and supporters from across the industry, it’s a fun and social event. As a trader the most rewarding aspect is talking directly with the customers, fans of the bands and the label as a whole, digging out a treasure for a new customer, striking a deal and catching up with our valued regulars.
This weekend our carnival themed stall will be giving away free audio treats in the form of downloadable rock (in four unique flavours: Psych Rock, Folk Rock, Garage Rock and Punk Rock) as well as selling releases in advance, including the label’s first venture into Film and Books (via the new Fire Film and Fire Books imprints). We’ll also have new releases, box sets, white labels, posters and t-shirts (including new ones from Noveller, The Chills and the legendary The Bevis Frond).
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The Independent Label Market takes place on July 23rd.