Founded by Iain McNay in 1978, UK record label Cherry Red has continued to uphold the same fiercely independent values since day one.
Renowned for its diversity, the label had early successes with artists ranging from the Dead Kennedys to Everything But The Girl, The Monochrome Set and Felt – going on to release the groundbreaking compilation Pillows & Prayers in 1982.
As well as a continued commitment to new music, Cherry Red now acts as an umbrella for more than 20 individual imprints and catalogue specialists, including RPM, Reactive, Esoteric, BBR, él and Grapefruit – releasing more than 400 albums each year. Recent releases include Kylie Minogue, Todd Rundgren, Procol Harum, Jah Wobble, Hawkwind, The Fall, Swervedriver and The Moody Blues, with Cherry Red listed by Music Week as one of the UK’s top ten record companies in Q1 2015 for sales of artist albums.
Over the years the company’s business has expanded with the needs of its clients, enabling it today to independently look after all rights from digital and audio-visual through to publishing, including books. It also has close ties to the sporting world, sponsoring League 2 Club AFC Wimbledon’s stadium, and maintaining a stake in Activate Sport - the sports academy and talent management group.