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Small venue, big impact

World News
June 14, 2019

WHEN MUCH of the music industry was based around central London, it was about the smallest venues big acts could drop down to for promotional shows, but The Borderline (cap. 300) is et to close this August, the victim of a changing marketplace, redevelopment plans and increasing rents.

During its 30 years, The Borderline has hosted shows by acts such as REM, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow, Debbie Harry, Oasis, Blur, Muse, Amy Winehouse and Mumford & Sons.

It was from that basement under Tex-Mex restaurant Break For The Border that its owners John Northcote and Ian McKenzie-Howard –  whose company The McKenmzie Group owned the restaurant, began to build what became national venue chain Academy Music Group. 

Howard retired from the business and Northcote died in 2011. 

“This has been a difficult decision, 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,” says current DHP Family’s MD George Akins.

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