DHP Family announces takeover of two London music venues

The Borderline London Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Leading operator DHP Family has today announced that it is taking over two leading live music venues in London with plans to rejuvenate them.

Keys for The Borderline in Soho were handed over on Friday (May 27) after being sold by MAMA & Company, while the deal for The Garage in Highbury in north London is subject to completion but expected to fall in place “very shortly”.

Building on the successful model at sites in Nottingham, Bristol and London, DHP Family plans to bring the venues up to the company’s premium offering in terms of design, service and product as well as programming and entertainment.

The Borderline in Manette Street will undergo a major physical refurbishment, scheduled to take place from December 23 to March 15. Opened in 1988, it has hosted new bands and performers as well as big names from REM to Rage Against the Machine.

The Garage at Highbury Corner will benefit from an extensive refresh taking place over several months without the need for closure. Opened in 1993, it quickly established itself as a leading indie and rock venue which has been a place that many bands played as a “rite of passage”. The 600-capacity venue has staged acts such as Green Day, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, Oasis and My Chemical Romance.

DHP Family expects it realise the full potential of both venues which are ideally located to take advantage of the 24-hour night Tube starting in August. It also operates bar, restaurant and live music venue Oslo in Hackney.

DHP Family owner George Akins said: “We hope this is a start of new era for these venues. Having delivered a successful model with Oslo, we feel London would welcome more venues offering this type of high-quality experience.”

DHP Family started with Rock City in Nottingham and has since added Rescue Rooms, Stealth and The Bodega as well as taking ownership of Thekla in Bristol six years ago and opening Oslo over two years ago.

It has expanded into festivals, tour promotion, band management and ticketing including the 20,000-capacity Splendour festival in Nottingham, DotToDot multi-venue festivals taking place in several cities, and Everywhere which runs across Nottingham.

DHP currently puts on more than 1,500 gigs per year and has promoted tours by Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran, New Order, Flaming Lips and many more. It also manages bands DID, Indiana and Rhodes and is actively looking to expand its roster.

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