Here in the UK, we were spoilt for choice with a series of performances from the likes of The Charlatans, Infadels and Roots Manuva televised throughout last week on Channel 4. BBC 6 Music dedicated an entire day to independent music and many of the broadsheets ran extensive features highlighting how important and influential the independent sector has been over the years. Independent Music, AIM’s magazine published with The Independent newspaper dedicated an entire issue to the occasion, producing a special ID08 podcast which can be heard here.
As well as a much deserved slap on the back, Independents Day also raised vital money for The Musician’s Benevolent Fund, C.A.L.M and AIM’s own projects through a music memorabilia auction and a 2CD compilation. The auction, featuring items donated by the great and the good of independent music, saw fierce bidding on every lot, including a day with Gorillaz manager Chris Morrison, numerous gold discs, mastering and studio sessions and VIP passes to several festivals.
The album, itself a collectors item, features many leading independent acts, such as The Prodigy, Jose Gonzalez and The Futureheads, covering some of their favourite independent tracks. Only available in physical and digital formats for a limited period, buy it today here!
Independent labels provide an invaluable contribution not only to the music industry, innovating and nurturing new talent, but to the UK’s cultural life as a whole. Throughout the world Britain’s independent record labels, bands and artists punch well above their weight, and this year’s Independents Day offered them all some much needed and thoroughly deserved recognition.