Leeds club’s nights of ‘debauchery’ UPDATED

The Mezz Club.
The Mezz Club.
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CAMPAIGNERS have confirmed they will hold a protest outside Leeds Civic Hall on the day that a controversial nightclub will have its licence reviewed.

As previously reported in the YEP, a shocking police report lifted the lid on sex and booze-fuelled “debauchery” that allegedly took place at The Mezz Club on Assembly Street in the city centre.

Members of Leeds University Union’s Feminist Society today told the YEP they will host a demonstration outside Leeds Civic Hall on Monday, December 9.

Mezz could see its licence revoked over allegations that include:

* young female clubgoers performing stripteases to crowds;

* turning the heating on as a “cheap ploy” to get customers to buy drinks;

* overcrowding, with 1,000 people in the 400-capacity club;

* selling out-of-date drinks;

* using sexually explicit promotional material;

* pouring spirits from bottles straight into people’s mouths, known as ‘freepouring’;

* staff being told to ‘underpour’ drinks by leaving out some alcoholic ingredients, and;

* encouraging acts of indecency inside the premises.

West Yorkshire Police have submitted the official report to Leeds City Council, with Mezz’s licence being revoked one of the options to be considered.

It will be discussed at the council’s Licensing Sub Committee meeting on Monday, December 9 and refers mainly to the Tequila clubnight run by Tequila UK and held at Mezz on Thursdays.

Police licensing officers claim the venue’s management has shown a “complete abdication of responsibility”, placed customers and staff at risk and has been “prioritising profits over safety” after ignoring advice to cancel the event. The report adds that Tequila describes itself on Facebook as a “spirit fuelled den of hedonism and debauchery”.

A former employee at Mezz is quoted in the report saying it was “a horrible place to work”, with minimum wage salaries, over-crowding and “out of control and very, very drunk” customers. He also claims he saw a young woman urinate in a corner when she was intoxicated.

Tequila recently caused outrage after a promotional video from the ‘Freshers Violation’ event in October saw male clubgoers talk about rape and other violent sex acts.

A protest was held outside the club the following week. In 2011, Tequila UK was banned from a Newcastle club for sending sexually explicit flyers and inappropriate text messages to random females to drum up business.

No-one at Mezz or Tequila were available for comment.

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