Battersea Arts Centre is collaborating on new concert series Borderless with GOAT Music as it bids to re-establish itself as a live music venue.
Beginning last week with Hackney Colliery Band, the arts centre’s council chamber will host 300-capacity shows under the Borderless banner throughout August and September. Forthcoming performers include Nubiyan Twist, Kath Bloom, Kiko Bun, Mammal hands and Francesca Belmonte.
“We were approached by Battersea Arts Centre to deliver a series of music as part of its vision to redress the balance between performing arts and music,” GOAT Music co-founder Dave Gaydon told Music Week.
London-based music and events agency GOAT was founded last year by former Roundhouse head of music Gaydon (pictured left) and events specialist Lou Birkett (pictured right), a former member of the Roundhouse events team.
Battersea Arts Centre has previously welcomed acts such as The Jam, Fleetwood Mac and, more recently, The xx and Kate Tempest, but a fire broke out in March 2015 and engulfed the building, destroying the Grand Hall and Lower Hall. Its renovation is ongoing.
“With the big room reopening towards the end of next year they are keen to have much more music going on in the venue,” said Gaydon. “This little series is to reintroduce music into the venue. We've taken our influence from the Olympics and this idea of world togetherness, hence the Borderless title. We’ve gone for emerging young new bands who have the common thread of taking influence from a different kind of culture or music.”