Says it all really. 30 years in a music business not known for having a long term business head. Impressive!
Celebrations have already kicked off with a swathe of reissues on vinyl (yes!) and CD. Plus they have completely revamped their website, including mp3s of most of the tracks which can be bought for a paltry 55p!
Those of you in London can also check out an exhibition of artwork by Greensleeves designer Tony McDermott. Tony has dressed up a whole swathe of great records – everything from those legendary cartoons for Scientist, to the ever increasing array of pop art for the Riddim Album series.
The opening night was a blast, and you can check out the Tighten Up crew spinning some tunes down there tomorrow afternoon.
If you do so, then drop in on Spirit’s Nutritious Food Galley at the top of the road as well. Broadway Market wasn’t always galleries and boutiques and organic loaves, it is steeped in London’s reggae/black history. The X-Press and Jah Tubbys both used to operate out of there, and Spirit is one of the few remaining stalwarts. This is despite the worst intentions of Hackney Council and the offshore developers that now own Spirit’s shop – the latter having hiked the rent by an unsustainable 700%.