Well after my last opinion I thought I needed to lapse back into my usual type of writing, full of sexual innuendoes and provocative stuff. Well can’t be serious too much of the time, people would think I wasn’t all sex and fun! So anyway flicking through dooyoo today, looking at various opinions and trying to find something to write about and the category of clubbing seemed to lighten up my mind. Having friends and family in Yorkshire I often find myself in this area and find that although I love a good night out in Leeds, Wakefield is a great laugh as well. I love to venture into the unknown but this is one of the better clubs I have been in. Well like most of them it has it’s pros and cons but overall you could do a lot worse on a night out, well in this part of the world anyway. So let’s see how it usually goes… Being up north, and usually on leave from work, I am always looking to have a good time with people I don’t get out with very often. So where do we usually end up, well Wakefield of course! When I get to my ‘home’ a few miles out of the city I am greeted by months of old newsletters from the club and proceed to open each in turn, in case I have missed out on anything really good. So I do a little ringing round, tell everyone I’m in the area and then we arrange a time, and day, to go out. All the much needed preparation goes into getting ready, considering the other half is miles away, it’s a case of while the mouse is away, she shall play… So usually takes a couple of hours for me to groom myself to perfection and then off we go, everyone starts off from mine, as they don’t see me often it’s a ritual. Off for the bus, no drink driving, into Wakefield. Once there you have to savour the delights of bars like ‘Rumours’ and ‘Bitz’ it’s what sets the night off in good stead. After getting a few cheap and cheerful drinks down the throat off we go to Ikon. There are other clubs in Wakefield, such as ‘Buzz Bar’ and ‘Foundation’, but I personally found they lacked where the Ikon rocked. Up the little ally, which is somewhat seedy, is the entrance to the club, now depending in the time of night you arrive the queues do get very lengthy and this place gets packed. Into the foyer, well once we have got past the dishy doormen and then once you’ve paid to get in the club is your oyster. There are different parts to the club, which I will get onto later, but generally the atmosphere is pumping, the music brilliant and everyone in such a friendly mood. I always have a really good night out here and usually end up on either the podium or the stage, I suppose I am just a natural exhibitionist. The club shuts at 2:30am, where there are loads of drunken men and women roaming the streets of Wakefield, and a rather nice but mucky looking, burger stall opposite the Ikon. Location… It is located in the heart of Wakefield’s clubs and pubs/bars and with the Neon lights outside you cannot miss it, although the actual entrance is up and ally way, oer misuses! You can’t miss it really, just follow the people. That’s the entrance to Ikon, Mustang Sally’s is on the main road, so cannot be missed! The club… Well as I said there is more to this club than meets the eye, there are three sections to it, which make me feel at home, whatever mood you are in this place caters for it. All there are joined together, Ikon has The Blue Room in its area and there is a door separating Mustangs and the Ikon, this opens at 12am. …Mustang Sally’s Hence the name ‘Ikon and Mustang Sally’s’ this is the more chilled out dancey place which caters for the older clubber, and the lover of all music from the 70’s/80’s etc. I can often be found bopping away on Mustang’s dance floor to Culture Club or Westilfe, it’s just something that has to be done. The place is set out in what I can best term a western theme, with everything being wooden or oldie world type of stuff. I can’t say I really like this place that much, I have a thing about not going into it at the beginning of the night, but I often wonder in for the laugh. However I have to say that this place is always packed! Every time I have popped my head in it has been a case of dancing on the steps because you cannot move in the club. They have a great stage, which I swear I have seen hay on, with a piano and often some kind of entertainer. Nice if you like that sort of thing I suppose. The club is very layered, being on about 3 levels, with the top, the dance floor and the toilets down another set of steps. A little dangerous if you are drunk and want to get from the bar to the loo, two flights of steps, and lots of people, to manoeuvre! …The Blue Room At the back of the Ikon, in the left hand corner there is a little room that I very rarely venture into. In all the time I have been to this club I an honestly say I have never visited here more than twice. But it is a cool place, just not for me. The room is small, very light and airy but a little packed and there is no room to dance. They have in here the most comfortable seats in the world, which you can just fall into, or lay down on (if the need arises…). The music, I almost forgot, is R&B, sex music in other words. Not for me. There is a playstation and other stuff in there, so great for chilling out I suppose. With one bar you don’t need to leave to get a drink and it is situated very close to the toilets. …Ikon Save the best for last as it where, this is the main part of the nightclub and my favourite part of the building. It caters for the usual clubber and offers house an d trance music, with a chill out session on a Saturday night. There is a massive dance floor, with two stages on it, and two podiums. There are 3 big bars and so getting a drink isn’t a problem and again two sections, the dance floor and then a raised area, where you come in. There is a clock room area, separate to the one in Mustangs, and well that’s it really. There is a very relaxed atmosphere and great fun. The club uses a lot of lighting effects and the feel is quite modern and up to date. There is a massive screen at one end of the club, which plays either a dancing baby, Rapture TV or the clubbers dancing! Different nights… The club is open most nights, although by Law it is not allowed to open on a Sunday unless it classes as a private party. This is because Wakefield does not allow dancing on Sunday nights. This means clubbing is a no no unfortunately. Most nights you’ll be able to pop in and get a drink and have a dance, but if Ikon is not too busy they will shove you into Mustang Sally’s, because it gets more punters during the week. - Thursday This is Student night in Wakefield and so boasts cheaper drinks, however the last time I ventured into the Ikon on a Thursday there were about 15 people in there and only me on the dance floor. We subsequently went into Mustangs at about 12am when they shut the Ikon. - Friday Cheesy night really, but when you have a non-specialist club what do you expect. Non stop music from 9:230pm to 2:30pm. They concentrate on the most popular music in the dance charts and go for all round pleasing music. Kind of keeping the masses happy. At the moment they have a Big Brother theme going on, where 5 people are locked in a room for the night and we all get to watch! Overall not a bad night, but not as good as Saturday’s. - Saturday My favourite night for going to the Ikon, it starts with c ommercial house and trance, with a little chill out session, and then finishes off with hard house. A great night really, with a warm up, a calming down and then music to pump away the rest of the night. The best night to go to the club, and the most popular. The cost… Well it’s £4 to get in before 11pm, £2 if you are a member of the club, but you need your card! I don’t know about after that, but the streets of Wakefield are often full of people offering flyers, which will get you in for £2. Well worth it, I promise. Queuing… Something which I hate doing but it is a necessity when going out. Ikon is no different, if you go at about 9:30pm you will not have to queue, but there will be very few people in the club. I usually have to wait about 30 minutes max, not too bad. The toilets… Now lets look at the really important things! I personally cannot go out anywhere without having to go to the loo; the alcohol just seems to run out of me! Now in Mustang Sally’s the toilets are not very good to be honest, they are small and get smelly. However in the Ikon they are the best I have ever seen in a club. Ladies inparticular we all know the drill, you go out and then are faced with totally horrible toilets this puts a dampener on the whole night. There are roughly 20 toilets in the women’s, I have sadly never been in the men’s! There are very clean and even at the end of the night, although there will be no loo paper you will find one cubical that’s clean enough to venture into. With lots of mirrors, and one full length one, perfect for touching up the make-up. The bars/drinks… There are lots of bars in the nightclub, so you should be able to get served quickly enough. I have never found I have had to wait too long to get served, and flashing a little flesh (like putting the boobs on the bar) often gets you noticed quicker. Th ere are 3 in the Ikon, 3 in Mustangs and 1 in the Blue Bar. Now then what we are all wondering is the prices, well they are a little steep, but what club isn’t. Right well lets see, I’ll give you the prices of the drinks I know, or buy regular, so here goes (let’s see how much of an alcoholic I look then)… VK Bottles - £3.50 Metz Bottle - £4 Shot of Brandy - £2.30 Shot of Vodka - £2 Vodka and Mixer - £1.50 = special offer! Bottled beer/larger - £3.50 Pint Larger - £2.50 (I think) They do some cocktails if you ask nicely as well, but that will cost you what ever they say so be warned! Water can be bought in bottles, but I get it in a glass, a pint of water, with ice, is free. Considering I have paid £3 for a bottle of water I find this very good. Please note I am not 100% sure of the above prices, as I am not usually fully using my mind when I order, but I know I need a bit of money to go out on. The music… Not too bad actually, I have explained the differences in the different parts of the club, but I am going to concentrate on the dance music here. Ikon will play the most popular and hottest new music on the dance scenes, and if you want to have a look at what they consider to be hip at the moment go to the website (www.ikonsallys.com) and have a look in the DJ section and there will be the top tunes of the club listed. Overall the music pleases me, and that is difficult for a club to do. Although it is not hard house it is fun and a laugh every now and again. Music for everyone and great to dance to! The atmosphere… Well what can I say this club is brilliant, everyone is so friendly that it is unbelievable. There are loads o people jammed into the club, so as you can imagine with all them people it could be dangerous. But it isn’t the people are brilliant and you can get on with them easily. You would be hard pushed to get a better atmosphere in a nightclub and this is one of the things that draws me back to the club even though I live miles away! Being a commercial club there are a lot of people who are there to ‘pull’ sadly that is one thing we cannot get away from. However I have perfected the art of getting rid of unwanted attention and have come to accept that in a club like this people are there to get a man or woman for the night. The trick is to ignore them. The place will always attract that sort of people but there are genuine clubbers that go as well, like me! The staff… Well they are all really friendly and you an have a laugh with them. I don’t really know what else to say! They will talk to you and help and I have never known anyone have a problem with a member of staff. Obviously it is a tedious job but they do it do well, well done guys! There is extensive staff, with bar men, doormen, DJ’s, cleaners, glass collectors etc. So the place is full of staff. P.S they are always looking for staff if you want a job, but something I wouldn’t like to do. Extras… The Ikon always has something happening, usually on a Friday night, like foam parties and special quests, like Fragma, top DJ’s etc. They have something to pull in the crowds. And I have to say that the New Year’s eve deals are fantastic! Ibiza nights and as I mentioned the Big Brother thing, so they have a good marketing department. Mustang Sally’s always has something on, usually a Thursday, such as a performer or bad etc. Drugs… Sadly this is a part of the modern day nightclub and this place is no different. I know that it goes on and that there are specific people that sell the drugs but as long as you don’t get on the wrong side of them you are fine. There has never been a problem in the club with drugs, and no one has keeled over, so I suppose that’s a good thing. Unfortunately you cannot escape drugs in the clubbing generation but this club is not bad for it. I have never really known them search you though, I have seen them do it once, but I have never been manhandled, oh how I wish! The way I see it most clubs know it goes on and tolerate it. Cloak rooms… Yes there is a place to leave your coats, bags, and shoes, whatever it is you want to get rid of for the night. It costs £1 to leave something (per item) for the whole night and you get a little ticket in return, be warned do not lose this! They offer up to £50 if they lose something, so don’t take anything too expensive! Food… Inside Ikon there is a food bar, which sells burgers and chips etc. This is good for those of us who get the munchies half way through the evening. I have never tried it though, because it doesn’t look too appetising to me, but everyone is different. Anything else… There are fruit machines! Just had to get that in somewhere and a cash machine as well. Opening hours 9:30pm until 2:30am. The Bottom Line… You’ll be glad to know that this opinion is coming to an end now, I would just say please do try this club, it is the best in Wakefield and a good night out. I would advise Saturday’s above anything else, but do go along, try it once, I promise you will be drawn back, I can’t explain it though! A very good night out and one for everyone! Oh yeah and if you are getting a taxi in Wakefield use ‘Westgate Taxi’s’ and ring them and you will get served quicker, they don’t bother about the people outside the taxi rank! A commercial and fun 10/10 for this club - highly recommended.
I live about 3 miles from the centre of Wakefield, so for obvious reasons the city is normally my first choice for clubs. Ikon & Mustang Sally's is considered one of the better clubs in Wakefield by many, over-shadowing Buzz and Foundation in many people's opinions, but it all depends on what music you prefer. If you spend your Friday or Saturday night at Ikon/Sally's then you're pretty sure of a quality night out, Ikon has all the pumping tunes, which is good if you're into house and trance; Mustang Sally's has a lot of retro/commercial tunes that really get everyone up dancing, so there's really something there for everybody. The only gripe I would have is that Ikon's house music is sometimes a bit commercial. The entrance price is reasonable to good, and if you are an Ikon/Sally's Membership Card holder then there's £1 off the entrance fee. Drinks prices are quite high but there is a wide selection of drinks that would suit most people. The people there are generally quite friendly, and the age range (from my experiences) varies from teenagers to 20-somethings. The place is well staffed too, so getting served at the bar rarely takes longer than a couple of minutes, each club has several bars and from my experience, bar crowds are never much of a problem. One of the best attractions of Ikon is it's regular celebrity guest appearances, from the likes of Fragma, Darude, and Sound Dezign. When I went to see Darude there he was absolutely amazing! Overall I would say that Ikon/Sally's is a top-class night out that would satisfy anybody's clubbing tastes.