The Berlin club, which celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2017, says the only way to counter the spike in costs is to "expand conceptually."
A spokesperson for the Falckensteinstraße spot, which turns 15 this year, describes the club as a victim of its own success and that it "inadvertently contributed to gentrification" in the area. Steffen "Stoffel" Hack, who set up the venue alongside Ulrich Wombacher in 2002, adds that "in unbridled capitalism, the market regulates the price and there is no protection of business tenants or rental ceilings to counter this, [which] leaves the successful management of Watergate on very fragile terrain. In the end, we will all leave."
Watergate says the only way to counter the spike in rent is to "expand conceptually as well as in terms of content." To start with, it will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an extensive world tour, hosting events at various clubs and festivals in Brazil, Russia, France, Morocco, Spain and more. A handful of these will go down in Berlin, with the likes of Solomun (April 29th), Soul Clap (August 5th) and Hot Since 82 (December 1st) stopping by. See below for the full list of dates announced so far.
Apr 23 15 Years Watergate, Konstruktor, Moscow Apr 29 15 Years Watergate Pres.: Solomun, Watergate, Berlin May 05 Watergate 15 Years, Bar Schimmi, New York May 05 15 Years Watergate, Villa Rouge, Montpellier May 12 Adana Twins Ruede Hagelstein 15 .., Halcyon, San Francisco May 13 Watergate 15 Years, TBA - Downtown LA, Los Angeles May 19 Kafes: 15 Years Watergate: Tiefschwarz .., Kafes, Istanbul May 27 Watergate 15 Years Birthday: Matthias M.., Rex Club, Paris Jun 04 15 Years Watergate Open Air p.., Sage Beach Berlin, Berlin Jul 06 Moving x Watergate 15th Anniversary T.., D-EDGE, Sao Paulo Jul 07 15 Years Watergate, Club 88, Brazil Jul 14 15 Years Watergate, Club Vibe, Brazil Jul 15 15 Years Watergate, Beehive Club, Brazil Jul 30 15 Years Watergate, Sage Beach Berlin, Berlin Aug 05 Nachtklub, Watergate, Berlin Aug 11 15 Years Watergate at Sonnemondsterne .., TBA - Jena, Jena Sep 01 15 Years Watergate (Part 2), Hive Club, Zurich Nov 04 15 Years Watergate, Die Rakete, Nürnberg Dec 01 15 Years Watergate present Knee Deep .., Watergate, Berlin