The Independent Label Market: A Review

Date Published 02 April 2015

Last Saturday saw the return of the popular Independent Label Market in East London`s Old Spitalfields Market. The market is a place where music lovers and vinyl enthusiasts congregate to celebrate the love of a dying breed: analogue music.

This is the second time in three months that Spitalfields has staged the event and, crammed inside its shell of steel and brickwork cladding, was by far the largest crowd that the event is yet to entice. An estimated 44,000 vinyl-hunters sifted through the dozen or so stalls run by regular traders and indie record label giants, Domino, Transgressive and Warp; as well as several new faces, including Brownswood and !K7, all seeking out that special record you just can`t find anywhere else.

The market is one of the finest platforms of its kind, offering an opportunity for vinyl buffs and punters to get their hands on some rare, limited edition and pre-release LPs, CDs and even cassette tapes.

As well as the label market, the venue staged the London Brewers Market simultaneously, meaning refreshment was supplied in the form of local craft beers and ales. Micro-pubs from Beavertown, Camden Brewery, Kernel, Redchurch and more were providing their finest beverages to whet the whistles and rehydrate thirsty music fans throughout the day.

The day was an overriding success, despite being a heavy drain on the wallet. Expect your bank balance to be left wheezing and spluttering after a hefty spendathon but you can`t put on price on happiness, can you?

The market will be returning in the summer, so if you`re a lover of music make sure you keep an eye out and make your way down. This is not to be missed.