The Borderline has shared a statement online announcing its closure.
The historic venue will close its doors on 31 August due to “increasing rents, rising business rates and ongoing redevelopment plans for Soho”. Run by DHP Family, the team plan on reinvesting £1 million into Bristol’s Thekla instead, along with the 40th anniversary of Nottingham’s Rock City and a new venue in Birmingham. DHP Family will also be holding onto the venue’s name and will be considering opportunities to relocate.
“This has been a difficult decision,” said Managing Director George Atkins, “but given intentions by the landlord to increase the rent significantly for a second time since we took it over in 2016 as well as plans to redevelop the building housing the Borderline, we now know the venue doesn’t have a long term future so it makes no sense for us to continue to invest.”
Shows that have been scheduled to take place after the summer will be relocated to other venues. The 300-capacity space is situated in Soho, and has hosted acts such as Amy Winehouse, Oasis, Blur and R.E.M. Read their Facebook post below, and head here for DHP Family’s full statement.