Description of The Borderline
Music venue in Soho.
The existing building was built in 1976 and was recently refurbished after accommodating EMI Publishing for some 15 years, with the British Film Institute being the previous tenant. Originally opened by Ian Howard [who went on to own the Brixton Academy among others], The Borderline quickly gained a name for attracting the top stars of the day as well as new up and coming stars. The UK had been in a wave of underground music for over a decade that had seen the birth and passing of punk, new wave, NWOBHM and post punk. In the years around the time that The Borderline opened, there was a move towards guitar based pop and indie music, away from the electronic scene that had dominated the pop scene to date.
Britpop was born and The Borderline became an essential notch in the circuit for aspiring artists of the genre. Not to be overtaken by the burgeoning scene, The Borderline also played host to some of the most famous names in country and Americana as the style befitted by the TexMex restaurant ‘Break For The Border' to which it was attached until early in the new millennium. In 2003, The Borderline was acquired by Vince Power and joined the Mean Fiddler portfolio of venues, which itself was soon to be acquired by Live Nation in 2005 and then by its present owners Mama Group in 2007.
January 2010 saw the venue refurbished to a taste befitting that of the venue's history and that of the area.