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Independent Label Market: This Saturday – Market exclusives, DJ & live stage line ups

Independent Label Market announces market goods stocked by participating labels for the Spring ‘23 edition of its flagship London event at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross on Saturday 20th May. 

It will feature the gold standard of independent labels in the UK alongside exciting newcomers including !K7, [PIAS], 4AD, BBE, Because, Bella Union, Big Dada, Cherry Red, Chess Club, Earth, Fire, Ghostly International, Hospital, Late Night Tales, Ninja Tune, Nonclassical, One Little Independent, Partisan, Sonic Cathedral, Strut, We Are Busy Bodies, Olindo, Mais Um Discos, Practise Music and many more. Together, they’ll present their finest releases as vinyl rarities and test pressings as well as extended back catalogues, signed merchandise and advance copies.  

They’ll be joined by artists and craft makers in The Craft Makers Corner including Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives, This Is Fun, Isn’t It, Hand Jazz, Kam Creates, Nicole O’Hara, East London Printmakers, You Ruddy Guys and Dan Jamieson.

ILM will be joined by the excellent London Brewers’ Market who will bring London’s finest brewers representing the thriving Artisan Beer Scene including Against The Grain, Exale, Five Points, Forest Road, Gan Yam, Orbit, Signature, Two Tribes, Cargo Cult. Fritz Cola and The Standard. 

The Spring ‘23 exclusives and highlights are as follows:

– 4AD

4AD will be screen-printing exclusive T-shirts on the day, featuring 4AD’s iconic rejection letter from the 1980s. Customers can bring their own T-shirts that the 4AD team can print onto for free! They will also have exclusive items from artists such as Daughter, and signed records by The Golden Dregs and Lucinda Chua. They will also be stocking rare colourways of records by artists such as Dry Cleaning, The National and The Breeders.  


The BBE stall will feature a highly collectible 12” on the day, one month before the official release. Jazzanova – Face At My Window (Kyoto Jazz Massive Remixes) / Beyond The Dream (musclecars’ Reimaginations). Taken from the album ‘Strata Records – The Sound of Detroit – Reimagined by Jazzanova’, BBE Music, DJ Amir and 180 Proof Records present the third single from this monumental project. This release features remixes by Japanese Club Jazz pioneers, Kyoto Jazz Massive, and genre blending New Yorkers, Musclecars.

– Because 

The beloved Paris and London based label will be giving out a free cassette with any purchase from its market stall. Look out for Because Selections Vol 1. featuring tracks from Shygirl, Christine and the Queens, Jeshi, Logic1000, Justice, Metronomy, Major Lazer and more.

– Fire

Fire Records will be returning to ILM this Spring with an abundance of new and exclusive records to boot. Expect signed editions, test pressings and treasures from the archive. The Lemonheads ‘Come On Feel’ (30th Anniversary Edition) will be available, fresh from its release the day before. Alongside this, Fire will be stocking deluxe box sets, CD book backs and merchandise from the ”most elegant Psychedelic Pop label in the world” (Billboard).

– Late Night Tales

Their sister label Night Time Stories will have a handful of limited edition 7” pressings of ‘White Gloves’ from the band Khruangbin, known for blending global music influences, such as classic soul, dub, rock and psychedelia  – a German exclusive, unavailable anywhere else until this ILM, limited to an individually numbered run of 3000 copies. The single has been pressed on white vinyl and features a previously unreleased Khruangbin dub mix of ‘Mr. White’ on the b-side.  – released on their sister label Night Time Stories.

– [PIAS]

Head over to the [PIAS] stall for some very limited 40 re-issue releases, [PIAS] classics from the last 40 years. Be quick, these are super rare and will go fast.

– Sonic Cathedral 

Seek out the Sonic Cathedral team for a tape version of the brand new Andy Bell & Masal album ‘Tidal Love Numbers’, available exclusively at ILM with the band there to sign them!

– Speedy Wunderground

Will have signed copies of debut EP from Heartworms,  ‘A Comforting Notion’. Hailed by NME as  ‘the next great cult band’ for its ‘military-inspired melodrama’ (*****).  The release comes with limited edition signed Heartworms Spitfire Airfix Kits. Heartworms teamed up with the scale model kit company, Airfix to produce a small batch of Spitfire models – a very limited edition collaboration for a very unique piece of merch.

For the full rundown of market exclusives, bookmark ILM Exclusives 

The Spring Market will be soundtracked by artist and label DJ sets throughout the day on a heavyweight soundsystem courtesy of Audio Gold – London’s premier second hand Hi fi retailer specialising in unique equipment from wind-up gramophones to Wi-fi radios. Expert brilliant tunes throughout the day from Ninja Tune, Jasmine Morris (Nonclassical), Cold Blow, Time Capsule, Andy Bell & Masal (Sonic Cathedral), Be With, Hospital and Late Night Tales.

Audio Gold DJ Set Times 

11.00 – 11.45 –  Ninja Tune
11.45 – 12.30 – Jasmine Morris (Nonclassical)
12.30 – 1.30 – Cold Blow
1.30 – 2.30 – Time Capsule
2.30 – 3.30 – Andy Bell & Masal (Sonic Cathedral)
3.30-4.30  – Be With
4.30-5.30 – Hospital
5.30-6.30 – Late Night Tales 

The new ILM Live Stage also makes its return. This year’s live stage will take place from  1pm – 3pm featuring four acts. First up is Morgan Harper-Jones (PIAS), a candid and enrapturing new voice from Rochdale. Her soulful vocals and honest lyrics tap into obsession, infatuation, and the unhealthy behaviours that come with the territory. She will be followed by new London-based dreampop duo, DEARY (Sonic Cathedral) whose shimmering, hazy debut single ‘Fairground’ was released in January with a remix by Saint Etienne for an EP release this Spring. Folk duo Lilo comprise Winchester natives, Christis Gardner and Helen Dixon who craft beautiful harmony-led pop across a full-bodied band sound. Their lyrics speak for their generation too, encapsulating the panic, anxiety and love of twenty-somethings at a time of great uncertainty. The final act of the day is Joe from the art-rock outfit Gag Salon (Blitzcat) who have been causing somewhat of a stir with  BBC R1, R6, NME and So Young Magazine with their nightmarish vaudeville and folksy balladry.

ILM Live Stage
1.00 Morgan Harper-Jones (PIAS)
1.30 Deary (Sonic Cathedral)
2.00 lilo (Practise)
2.30 Joe from Gag Salon (Blitzcat)

ILM hits the airwaves with a line up of live DJ sets broadcast directly from the Kings Cross community radio station, Voices Radio featuring Delilah Holliday, Ghost Car (One Little Independent), Whitelands (Sonic Cathedral), Paula Juana (Soundway) and Deep Medi. Fuelled by London’s vibrant creative scene, Voices Radio champions inclusivity and diversity, streaming grassroot talent alongside established artists live every week Tuesday-Sunday from their studio on Lower Stable Street.

Voices Radio Takeover

1.30-2.30 Delilah Holliday (One Little Independent)

2.30-3.30 Ghost Car (One Little Independent)

3.30-4.30 Whitelands (Sonic Cathedral)

4.30-5.30 Paula Juana (Soundway)

5.30 – 6.30 ALASKALASKA

6.30-7.30 Deep Medi

There will also be a badge making workshop for kids from 12 to 3pm.

After a full day at Coal Drops Yard, ILM and Voices Radio take the afterparty to one of its favourite Kings Cross haunts, The Standard where DJ sets continue into the night.  Sound explorer and music journalist Pete Buckenham will be bringing his unique blend of electro, spiritual jazz and percussive house music from his label, On The Corner which was celebrated as label of the year at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards (2020).  Also get ready for one of Voices and Balamii Radio’s favourite DJs and hosts, Donwella who will also be spinning a spectrum of genres and influences influenced by her time living and DJing in South Africa. 

The full line up and programme can be found here: independentlabelmarket.com/events/london-spring-market/

Be sure to follow #ILMLONDON on Instagram and Twitter for more line up announcements, set times, all the latest exclusives in the run up to the market and a Guess the label quiz. 
There is also the official ILM Spotify Playlist featuring over 4 hours of music from participating labels and the full line up and programme can be found here: https://bit.ly/ILMPREVIEW

Labels and partners at ILM: London Spring ‘23 Market





AD 93

Basin Rock

BBE Music

Be With


Bella Union

Big Dada




Bureau B



Cherry Red

Chess Club


Clay Pipe

Cold Blow

Copper Feast


Crocodile Laboratories


Deep Medi

Disco Pogo


Erased Tapes

Far Out

Fat Possum

Fent Plates

Fierce Panda



First Word



Fuzz Club

GIG Label

Ghostly International



Japan Blues



Late Night Tales


Mais Um Discos


Mint Sleeves


Music Declares Emergency

Ninja Tune


Numero Group

Olindo Records

On The Corner

One Little Independent

Partisan Records

Practise Music


Reggae Roast

Sacred Bones

Sad Club


So Young

Sonic Cathedral


Speedy Wunderground


Tapete Records

Time Capsule



We Are Busy Bodies


White Peach



Yellow Flower

Artists and Craft makers

Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives

Donna Harle

This Is Fun, Isn’t It

Hand Jazz

Kam Creates

Nicole O’Hara

East London Printmakers

Dan Jamieson

Independent Label Market: London takes place Saturday 20th May at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross. 

Independent Label Market: London

20th May 2023

11.00 – 6.30pm

Coal Drops Yard 

Stable Street

King’s Cross 


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