Curtis Mayfield House Forever
Some years ago, we secretly began the hard work on super complex, mega stressful negotiations with Newcastle City Council, to secure the future of Curtis Mayfield House.
As a result, we bought out their ground lease for the next 150 years, after yet another monumental struggle.
This meant that we no longer had to pay any ground rent for the land Curtis Mayfield House stands on.
It’s as near to a freehold as you can get & rare for the city center. This was an immensely complicated & costly thing to do.
So why pay all that money..?
Because long term it was the right move & will protect both the future & WHQ's legacy.
Once the area around CMH is eventually developed, ground rents will sky rocket.
Had we not made this move, in ten years we may have found ourselves in a position, where financial pressures meant that we couldn’t afford to retain such a big city center location as a Club space.
We fully realise, that everybody reading this will already be dead, when this lease expires.
But we wanted to ensure, that irrespective of whatever future changes may take place in the city, proper Underground Clubbing, always has a secure home in Newcastle.
We believe, the young people of the future deserve that & they shall have it - Curtis Mayfield House.
So how can that be guaranteed..?
All good things come to an end sometime...
Making this lease move (& shouldering the significant debt with our bank that it represents) means that when that time comes for WHQ Club, we'll still retain total control over Curtis Mayfield House.
That means we can ensure it stays a Club space, as we'll decide who gets to rent it from us & for what.
But how can you be sure of that..?
We can add clauses to any sub-lease we grant, ensuring the values we hold at WHQ are respected.
Put simply, we aren't going to allow any future tenant coming into Curtis Mayfield House, to run any kind of nightlife operation that we do not consider to be an Underground Club.
Or allow them go on like dicks & start doing right wing stuff, or anything else that goes against our principles.
Whatever happens in this building, in any future scenario, must bring young people (from all backgrounds) together & that is that.
So, no matter what happens in the future, our aim is to make sure, that as long as there are kids in Newcastle who want an inclusive, Underground Club, there will always be one there for them here @ Curtis Mayfield House.
Boss Man Rests in Power
We finally tied the 150 year lease up back on December 5th 2013, the day Nelson Mandela passed away.
Everybody with a heart had their own take & deep, personal connection to Mandela. To us, it literally felt like he had clung on, waiting for us to finally pull it all off & secure the future, before he checked out…
He gave us so much inspiration, over so many years & we hope he’s proud of both his Curtis Mayfield House & his World Headquarters Club.
The ones he helped us all build x.
The Here & Now
All this talk of securing the future aside...
We are all living in crazy, uncharted times right now. The World is currently in the grip of a Pandemic & as a Club, we need to navigate to the other side of that.
So Covid 19 permitting, let's all hope that there'll still be a World Headquarters Club @ Curtis Mayfield House, way into the future.
Until the day finally comes, when pass the baton to a new generation of (stringently vetted) hustlers, in our groundbreaking little Club.