PUBLIC FUNDING – THE WORLD HQ WAY
You can follow all the crazy saga of just how we converted this massive derelict warehouse into a Nightclub over in the History section, so we’ll just cut to the chase here…
In 2003 after extensive refurbishment, hassle, sleepless nights, near strangulation of builders, Houdini type negotiation with developers & the type of debt that would bankrupt a small nation, we finally completed all the structural work needed to convert the building.
At last, we were able to move World HQ Club from Marlborough Crescent, to Curtis Mayfield House, ensuring its survival against all the odds.
This project had taken 20 years to evolve to reach this key point & it was now time to begin a whole new chapter in the World Headquarters story.
Today, over a full fourteen years later, in 2017, as time moves on & we lower our debts, we are reinvesting in the building.
More & more quality artistic activities, exhibitions & new events are taking place right here, not just in World HQ Club itself, also on all our upper floors as well.
So how do we pay for this..?
To retain our independence we’ve never spun a ‘media darlings’ game, so this had to take time to develop. Unlike larger well known ‘Luvvietastic’ artistic venues in the area, you will be aware of, Curtis Mayfield House was not built on free, public money from the National Lottery or big business sponsorship. We didn’t just arrive out of nowhere like that & no one bankrolls, subsidises, underwrites, or kisses our ass.
This unique building is the equal & opposite of all places like that. Every single penny spent reinventing it, came simply over time, from inside the pockets of all the switched on people in the heart of the City, who chose to reject mainstream Newcastle nightlife & instead, accepted our strong, multiracial stance & partied with us on the dancefloor at WHQ.
We’ve stood firm, never had a single penny of free money, or hawked ourselves out to anyone.
With the money you entrust to us…
At WHQ our ‘sponsors’ have only ever been & still are, the people of Newcastle & beyond, who support us every weekend. By coming dancing & socialising with us, they help us to move forward, this cosmopolitan & independent, grassroots scene, that we all share with one another.
The Curtis Mayfield House of today highlights the position of World Headquarters as the city’s only unique, stand alone Club. You can keep your generic, corporate venues & MTV Geordie ‘reality’ shows…
We are in the business of actively challenging every established media preconception of what the words ‘Newcastle Nightclub’ are supposed to represent to people.
Curtis Mayfield House & WHQ are fully disabled accessible, 100% independent & all nationalities are welcome here.
We couldn’t care less about so called ‘free’ money or the Newcastle rentaculture, ‘gimme a grant’ mob, as we can make jobs for ourselves.
We also couldn’t care less about where anyone is from, who anyone believes in, or who they might choose to sleep with…
Let’s all just have a dance..! x