A couple of nights ago, I had an incredible experience at a club. I don’t like clubs that much, I prefer to drink and talk in bars and dance to music at gigs. But Newcastle has a special little something called World Headquarters. It has a brilliant history, which you can learn more about by clicking on the website link, but essentially it was set up as a bastion of tolerance and good taste in a city that, in the past at least, didn’t really hold up to either of these things.
There are a lot of reasons WHQ is great. Firstly, any place that has a sign behind the bar saying “You look lovely tonight and it’s fantastic to see you” is amazing. Secondly, they have murals of their heroes (Darwin, Marley, Attenbrough et al) all over the walls. Thirdly, they have rare funk and soul records everywhere. Fourthly, they essentially have no agenda for their music, meaning their DJs (who are, without fail, fantastic) can play whatever they like and generally have a good time with the rest of us. This also leads to incredible mixes like ABBA with Beastie Boys. It’s just a beautiful, wonderful place, and I wouldn’t choose any club over it. If you’re ever in Newcastle, give it a bloody go, it’s incredible.
PS. Here’s a brilliant remix/cover that I played at my own DJ set the other day: