Indies feel pushed out of vinyl boom as 'dad rock' sells in record numbers

Small labels report lengthy production delays as big stars monopolise Europe’s two main pressing plants

A surge in demand for records by “dad rock” bands and blockbuster acts such as Ed Sheeran is delaying new releases by independent labels, as vinyl sales hit a 25-year high.Indie labels say it is now taking several months, rather than weeks, to bring out a new record as the small number of surviving vinyl factories struggle to cope with orders.“We’ve been making records continuously for 20 years and the lead time has gone up from three weeks to three months,” says Gerald Short, founder of Jazz...