Leeds club closes in the wake of Tequila clubnight scandal

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A CITY centre club that hosted a controversial student clubnight has closed its doors.

The Mezz Club on Assembly Street officially closed on November 30 but the news only became public last night. The move comes just days before its licence was due to be discussed at Leeds City Council’s Licensing Sub-Committee.

The hearing on Monday, December 9, will still go ahead and relates to incidents that allegedly took place at clubnight Tequila, which will now move from Mezz to Halo on Woodhouse Lane.

A spokesman for Shalport Ltd, which owns Mezz, said: “The venue was going to be sold soon anyway. We discussed with the new owners and about what they wanted to do. They said they weren’t bothered if the venue was closed.”

As previously reported in the YEP, a West Yorkshire Police report into Mezz and clubnight Tequila included alleged incidents of female clubgoers performing stripteases, overcrowding, selling out-of-date drinks, sexually explicit promotional material and encouraging acts of indecency inside the premises. A protest was also sparked after a promotional video included ‘rape banter’ from clubgoers.

Campaigners are planning a protest on Monday at the Civic Hall before Mezz’s licence review.

A spokesperson for Tequila said: “We’ve hosted Tequila in numerous venues over the years and it’s exciting to take ‘Tequila on Tour’ again. We had the option of three venues and felt Halo was the perfect choice.”

They added that changes have been made, including stringent guidelines for staff, re-branding of publicity material and a change in the nature of the activities.

They added: “We will never be everyone’s cup of tea but then we’re not trying to be.” No-one from Halo was available to comment.