Access All Areas June 2019 - Page 6

This month’s catch up… Another Soho music venue closes With ever increasing rents, rising business rates and ongoing redevelopment plans for Soho, Borderline has taken the decision to close the venue by 31 August. Owners DHP Family announced their intention to reinvest into the other areas of its venue portfolio with £1m earmarked for work on the Thekla in Bristol; the upcoming 40th anniversary for the iconic Rock City in Nottingham and work underway to open its first Birmingham venue. Meanwhile, The Garage in Islington has just won protection from the council’s local plan following a campaign to safeguard its future. Managing director George Akins said: “This has been a 06 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. “We’ve put our all into trying to revive this iconic venue but unfortunately, it has been impossible to turn into a sustainable operation due to so many external factors. This is a sad day for all of us who love live music and believe in grassroots venues.” DHP have retained the Borderline name and will be considering opportunities to relocate. All-English Champions League Final prompts ticketing madness The UK might be leaving Europe, but English football clubs have demonstrated an uncanny resolve to remain, with Tottenham Hotspur facing Liverpool FC in the UEFA Champions League Final on 1 June, and Arsenal taking on Chelsea in the UEFA Europa League final on 29 May. This unprecedented turn of events has promoted some disruptive event and ticketing activity. UEFA has warned that fans who’ve paid thousands of pounds for tickets online could be turned away at the turnstiles. Indeed, secondary sites have tickets listed at up to £45,000. Meanwhile, fans of the band Muse have revealed their conflicting loyalties, after it was announced that the venue at which the rock band are playing, the London Stadium, will not be screening the Champions League Final. Tickets for the date are now retailing online for as little as £35. There’s also been uproar on Twitter over bars and venues charging for tickets to watch the finals. On Facebook, Julie Kate Edwards said: “How dare they charge fans ... I wouldn’t go anywhere that has the cheek to charge, especially when bar prices for plastic cupped warm drinks are astronomical anyway.” With preparations for the Rugby League World Cup 2021 and 2022 Commonwealth Games underway and at a critical stage for other international competitions including Tokyo 2020 and Pan American Games, these issues will remain on the agenda long into the future. The issues surrounding major events will also be discussed at the Major Events International’s June Summit, Villa Park, Birmingham, 26-27 June. Mash Media, an MEI partner, has secured a limited number of discounted places. The Summit will facilitate knowledge transfer and present an opportunity for suppliers to demonstrate their ambition to be involved.