Although the venue has vacillated between use as a picturehouse and concert hall (along with brief stretches as an aeroplane parts factory and demob labour exchange), the Scala’s one consistent trait has been its lack of respect for authority.
The famous images of Iggy Pop for the cover of ‘Raw Power’ were taken during a Stooges show here in 1972, and its stint as a cinema was ended after Stanley Kubrick sued it into bankruptcy for showing ‘A Clockwork Orange’.
Nowadays, it’s one of the most rewarding venues to push your way to the front of for those cusp-of-greatness shows by big names in waiting.
You haven't 'done' Soho until you've been to a gig at The Borderline, simple as. This much-loved venue with a loyal audience has given a platform to countless bands and artists throughout its long history – stretching back over 20 years – and is still going strong today, showcasing both new and revered talent. Head in for a gig on any given day and you could find yourself moshing to rock and metal, getting busy on the dancefloor at an indie club night or perhaps soaking up the sweet tone of a folk, blues or Americana singer-songwriter. It can get a little cramped when the 275-ish capacity fills up, but that's all the better for creating an intimate atmospherewhere between artist and audience, and means you won't have to worry about elbowing your way to the front past thousands of people. A Soho musical institution. We were there when The Borderline reopened in March 2017: