July 31, 2012 Summerhall to host second Scottish Independent Music Fair The Edinburgh Festival Guide / Claire Sawers The event brings together Scotland’s finest independent labels and artists. Local, lovingly reared, carefully selected, packaged with care. Nope, it won’t be organic food being laid out across the stalls in Summerhall’s Dissection Hall. Just quality produce of the musical kind. Stuart Thomas from the Scottish Music Industry Association is organising it again this year, after their first go proved a hit. ‘The feedback last year was overwhelmingly positive, people really enjoyed it, it was busy all day long,’ says Thomas. ‘It became a place to meet some of the faces behind Scotland’s labels, meet musicians, grab a beer, hang out and hear and buy great music. It became an event.’ Among the stalls selling music and merch this year are Chemikal Underground, Fence, De-Fence, Rock Action, Song, By Toad and Gerry Loves Records (with more TBC), plus there will be DJ sets and live music performed by Withered Hand and others. ‘The aim of the label fairs is to highlight the wealth of great music getting made and released in Scotland; to support the labels and artists in providing a platform for them to sell their music; to try and reintroduce some of the pleasant personal connection to consuming and enjoying music. We’ll have more stalls available this year so we’re hopeful it will be bigger and better than last year’s.’ Dissection Room, Summerhall, Sat 4 Aug, noon-4pm. See the SMIA’s Facebook page for updates.