Charlie Simpson’s “Young Pilgrim” release hit by riots

The release of Charlie Simpson’s much anticipated debut album, which was due to be released on Monday, could be delayed as the PIAS distribution warehouse is burnt down.

Charlie has released the following statement regarding last night’s fire. As he posted earlier on Twitter the release date of his debut album will most likely be affected:

“I’m very upset and frustrated to hear that the PIAS distribution warehouse was burnt down last night. PIAS are a champion for independent artists and music, I’m proud to be part of them. We will support them in any way possible through this difficult time. We will issue a full statement with further details regarding PIAS and release date of my album ‘Young Pilgrim’ as soon as possible. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people that have had their families, homes and businesses affected by this terrible situation.”

He added: “My thoughts are with all those who work at PIAS at this difficult time. They are an invaluable part of independent music in this country. Very sad day.”

A photo of the devastation can be seen here taken by ‘We Are The Ocean‘ as they drove past.

UPDATE: After at lot of hard work and dedication from everyone involved Charlie released this statement to his Facebook fans : “After a very stressful day, it looks like there will be light at the end of the tunnel! We have decided to manufacture more Young Pilgrim CDs to replace the ones destroyed in the fire at the PIAS warehouse, and we have been told they should be ready in time to deliver to the shops and your doorsteps for Monday morning!! The whole team at #PIAS have been awesome today!”

Charlie has also confirmed via Twitter that the release date and all signings will be going ahead as planned. Yay!