Glasgow's Independent Label Market to feature stalls from Chemikal Underground, Soma and more
LuckyMe, Optimo, Song by Toad, Rock Action, Electric Honey and Numbers are also involved
For those of us who ogled Mute Records’ mini-synths and cupcake records from afar, who cursed the distance from Scotland to London as XL flogged a record label on a market stall in Spitalfields, and who mourned the fact they’d missed being lavished with tea and confectionary by Warp – then hark! There is terrific news. It comes in the guise of the Independent Label Market, a sort of farmers’ market for music lovers. It’s making its first official trip north of the border on Sat 12 Oct, and brings with it a celebration of recorded artefacts, labels and artists, along with an excuse to blow every last coin upon white labels, merchandise, rarities and pop ephemera.
The Independent Label Market takes place in Glasgow in association with The List, The Vinyl Factory, Kiltr, the Association of Independent Music (AIM) and the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA). The SMIA have helmed a few nascent (and ace) indie label fairs in Edinburgh and Glasgow over the past few years, but the forthcoming event looks set to be the most comprehensive and eclectic to date.
The ever-growing list of home-grown labels confirmed includes the excellent and divergent likes of Chemikal Underground, Soma, Gerry Loves, LuckyMe, Creeping Bent, Optimo, Lost Map, Numbers, Olive Grove, Rock Action, AED, Electric Honey, We Can Still Picnic and Song, By Toad. Quality vinyl emporia Rubadub and Love Music are getting in on the market action, and there’ll be DJ turns from some of our best-loved independent trailblazers, including Edwyn Collins, JD Twitch, Numbers and Belle and Sebastian.
Glasgow Barras Art and Design Centre, Sat 12 Oct.