If you're an avid, hardcore vinyl collector, or even just starting your collection after being inspired by the vinyl revival that has sprung out of the last few years, there is one place you want to be heading: the Independent Label Market. Held at Old Spitalfields Market in London, the Independent Label Market is where the all the best independent labels head to show off their wares to excitable music fans in one place, from Domino to Moshi Moshi, DUMMY to Acid Jazz, Chess Club to Hyperdub, they were all there, ready and rearing to help music fans go home with something they can love and cherish for the formidable future.

Originally launched in 2011 on Berwick St, the market has grown from showcasing around 10 labels to over 200 different labels, and there is no sign of its popularity depleting any time soon. YouTube may be trying hard to phase out the independent label, but they still have a lot to offer and are covering acts that are popular enough to put up a fight. XL Recordings reported that people were queuing well over an hour before the market even opened just to get a hold of one of the fifty copies of the limited edition JUNGLE LP they had brought along with them, and by midday they had completely sold out of Jack White's latest LP Lazaretto, whilst Domino had completely sold out of Arctic Monkey's Humbug and said that everything that had Devonté Hynes' name on it had similarly become something like gold dust. MØ and Swim Deep were Chess Club's best sellers of the day, whilst Communion saw Michael Kiwanuka's EP selling like mad.

Photo taken by Gemma Burke
Independent Label Market 2014

Photo taken by Gemma Burke
Independent Label Market 2014

However, when asked what drew them to the market, each label said that it was not so much about what they sell on the day, but that the very presence of being there that was more important, as it got the name out in the open in a more exciting way, showing just how important this market has become for labels. This was not to say that they were not selling their products. Every labels' stall was heaving with people who were plundering and pillaging through as much vinyl as they could afford, exploring with excitement, like young children in a sweet shop, each trying to find their own lucky golden ticket.

Photo taken by Gemma Burke
Independent Label Market 2014

But what does this tell us about music consumer habits? Is this just some fad that people are going through? Or is this demonstrative of something bigger at play?

There was an overwhelming sense that the excitement did not only come from exploring the vinyl, but from the communication and interaction that was at play. Each label's representatives were on hand to offer proper advice, and everyone was talking about music, face-to-face. Music fans were actively enjoying being able to talk to others about limited editions and rare demos with people who also knew what they were talking about. Rather that sifting through Spotify or iTunes, the Independent Label Market acts as a reminder that buying music can be a more social affair, and the mystery of taking a chance with a record that someone you've just met has recommended can be much more exciting than streaming could ever be.

Head here to check out our photo gallery from this year's event.