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      27.03.2002 01:39
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      Don?t mean to be having a go at you Dooyoo, just I go to Majestyk quite a lot and it is spelt Majestyk not Majestic!! Sorry for being pedantic. Anyway, on to the main review, Majestyk is located in the heart of Leeds city centre in City Square next door to the railway station which is very handy for people visiting simply to go here (which is a surprisingly high number). The club itself looks like some kind of old theatre and has a large dome on the top from which lasers shine out into the nights sky. Majestyk is not just on its own, as below it is one of the Jumpin Jaks chain of bar / clubs. However, some nights they let you walk freely between the two and sometimes the bouncers do not let you. I am yet to find any logic as to when I can and cannot do this, I think it just depends on how the bouncers are feeling! Majestyk is open six nights a week (closed Sunday) and opens at 10pm. They often do reduced entry rates if you get in before 11pm and that is because until then there is not much of a hurry to get in. If you go before 11 you may have to queue but it will only be for a very short time. However, once the large number of nearby pubs turn out, the masses descend on Majestyk and the queues increases (and the management have realised this and subtly put the price up!!). I have only made the mistake of going to Majestyk late once and probably won?t do it again as I was left outside in the cold for what seemed like ages. In Majestyk?s favour the queue was moving and the bouncers were friendly, but it was just the sheer volume of people that was causing the queue. Entry into Majestyk tends to be around £4 or £5 depending on the night but at weekends I have heard that this can rise slightly, but it is still reasonable compared to some other clubs in the city. Once inside Majestyk, you have to go down a flight of stairs and then up again (for a reason I won?t bother going in to), but once at the top of the flight of the stairs you enter the
      main club. The first thing that hits you with Majestyk is its sheer size ? its massive. I tend to head straight to the main bar (!!), which is well stocked and staffed with around five staff on the main bar which means that queues are not too long. Majestyk are strict about you drinking on the dance floor (expect to be dragged off it if you even step on it by some rather large bouncer!!) which is a good thing and there are some seating areas around the club, but the majority of people stand around the sides of the dance floor as there is lots of space here. On the ground floor, there are three bars and a burger diner (DON?T, enough said!!) and once these become busy then they open the upstairs. This does not have a dance floor but has a large balcony and contains the majority of the seating areas. There are two new bars up here and the VIP area. Once the club becomes busy, every square inch of space is taken up and you realise the scale of the club. I think the club has a capacity of over two and a half thousand!! In terms of prices, the drinks I find to be very reasonable. On Tuesday?s, all drinks are 80p (yes that?s eighty pence!) which is excellent. However, they used to be 50p until Majestyk were told by the police and council that they would lose their license if prices were not increased as too much trouble was being caused and too many ambulances being called!! On other nights of the week, Majestyk have various offers such as 2 for 1, and selected drinks for a pound. The drink prices do increase at the weekend, as they do across the city (to discriminate against those who are not students!) but Majestyk do not charge anything more than the other large clubs in the city. In terms of music, Majestyk is quite good. It ranges from on some nights like Monday and Tuesday, when the club is mostly full of students with cheesy music and chart stuff to commercial dance during the weekends. The actual music is varied and is loud but not over
      ly loud and irritating. The dance floor fills up fairly quickly at the start of the night and remains packed until the lights come on at 2.30am. One more thing to mention, at various times during a night, a laser show is performed which is quite breathtaking and has everyone looking at the ceiling in awe. This is quite a spectacle to be seen.

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        07.01.2002 18:39
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        I’ve never been a hard-core clubber, and although I enjoy going out, I don’t tend to go to night clubs all the time. However I have been to my fair share, both locally and on holiday. The reason I tend to avoid them is that I feel them to be completely over rated, crowded and full of attitude. Was Majestyk any different? Last weekend I went up to Leeds to visit a friend, who is working there in his year out from University. I was aware that the night life in Leeds is supposed to be one of the best in the country, and everyone I spoke to, said that I should visit Majestyk. It came as little surprise when my friend suggested that we went there! So what do you get? Well, Majestyk is probably Leeds’ most well known night club. It is situated in the square in the city centre. From the outside it doesn’t look that large, but like many night clubs, it is a converted bingo hall. There is the usual queue at the entrance, which can get quite large at peak times - although I didn’t have to endure it, thanks to one of my friends having some sort of VIP membership card. Inside, the reception area is quite modern and the distant thump of bass hints at a loud sound system. The entrance fees vary according to the time and your status. As this was my first visit, I can’t be sure that they don’t vary throughout the year, but I assume they will be similar. As with many night clubs, lower prices are offered early on, to entice the public away from cheap bars and into the clutches of the overpriced club! The doors open at 10pm and if you enter before 11pm, you will pay £6, or if you are an NUS card holder or a member, the price drops to £4. After 11pm (when the majority arrive), the price increases to £7 for guests, or £6 for card holders. This may sound expensive, but considering the club in my town is the size of Majestyk’s toilet and they charge £5, it isn’t too bad. The other fee that most people inc
        ur (in the winter anyway) is for storing coats. For the privilege, you will queue up (over 15 minutes in my case) and pay £1 for them to take your coat from you for the night. You receive a ticket to be able to retrieve it, and give your initials for security - in case anyone finds your ticket. After you leave the reception areas and enter the main club, the first thing that hits you, is the sheer size of the place. The dance floor is in the centre and isn’t amazingly big, although they never are. Around the edge, there are places to stand, sit and buy drinks - as well as go to the toilet. Above the dance floor, there are balcony areas that are reachable by stairs. These are covered with tables and chairs for people who choose not to dance. Again, there are more bars and toilets upstairs. Looking over the balcony, you can watch the dance floor - one thing that concerned me, was that people were standing over the edge with bottles and glasses in their hands! Just to quickly touch upon the facilities……the bars are well stocked and don’t seem to generate massive queues. However this could be due to the fact that, as with most clubs, the drinks are heavily overpriced. Although, they do have a monopoly, as most people in clubs want to drink, and these bars are the only supplier of alcohol! The toilets are nothing special - at the beginning of the night they seemed quite clean and pleasant, although towards the end, they became a bit of a health hazard. As for food, there was a snack bar serving chips and the like - although I didn’t have the "pleasure" and couldn’t comment on the prices, even though I could probably guess! I won’t go into huge depths about the club atmosphere, because if you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all! It was a club much like any other - bar starts off packed and dance floor virtually empty…..then at about 1am, the tables turn and you can barely fin
        d a space on the dance floor. The sound system was very impressive although is extremely loud and bassy. The music they play is vocal house and garage, mainstream disco, and soul. If you stood next to the speakers, you can actually feel your hair moving, and after not too long, can feel a sick feeling in your stomach! Going back to the atmosphere of the club……there is no change from the norm, in that there are big groups of girls competing for the award for shortest skirt and smallest handbag (not that we were complaining!). Following the girls around like lost puppies, are equally large groups of men (or should I say boys?) who all look identical, and seem not to notice that they are being led on by the girls. Going back to the point about "boys", I did often wonder whether the majority of the clientele were actually 20, as they should have been (this included the girls). Although this is a common problem that manifests itself in night clubs, and I must be honest in saying that I have seen it much worse elsewhere. As I mentioned before, the dance floor is disproportional to the size of the club, but I feel that this is a common feature in clubs to ensure that the clubbers are concentrated in a small area to improve the atmosphere. The DJ was very professional, and I heard some excellent mixing (in my opinion as a budding DJ anyway!) They have an impressive laser show that actually makes people stop dancing and stare! To make this show more visually pleasing they release dry ice at regular intervals. Unfortunately, they do go a bit overboard with the dry ice, and at some points you can’t actually see anything. Towards the end of the evening, they shoot lots of confetti up into the air, which falls all over the dancers below - nice touch or tacky?? I’m not sure! Speaking of dancers, they have the usual podium dancers above the dance floor, who must surely be shattered at the end of the evening. The night
        finishes at 3am, when people then re-queue for their jackets and handbags, and spill outside on to the streets of Leeds. Most people then seem to head towards the kebab shop and then into the hour long taxi queue. I know that there has been trouble outside the club recently, although I detected absolutely no attitude throughout the night. So, is it worth a visit? If you like night clubs, then the answer is a hearty yes! It is a very impressive club and is probably among the best I have visited. I am not over-enthusiastic about night clubs - mainly because I don’t relish the thought of being charged to get into a place full of people who are in effect, all the same, being overcharged for drinks, and then having to fight for a 2ft square space on the dance floor - and even when you get it, you can be sure that some arrogant, drunk idiot will push you out of the way! However, that said I did enjoy my night a great deal, and Majestyk wasn’t as cliched as some of the other clubs I have been to! By the way I have spelt Majestyk right!!!

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          17.07.2001 19:57
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          Majestics is easily the biggest club in Leeds with a whopping capacity of around 2000! It is situated in city square, very close to the train station and all the local bus stops. There are also loads of bars in this area of town so it's not to hard to find somewhere to go for a pre-club pint. The club is very hard to miss because of it's massive size and enormous banners hanging outside. Majestyk used to be a bingo hall and the main room is absolutely humongous. The dancefloor is situated in the centre of the club with the DJ boothe postioned at the far end of it. There are plenty of platforms around to prance about on but the dancefloor does get very crowded, which can be rather annoying when you are trying to get down to your favourite tune. The sound and lighting on the dancefloor are both very good, the lighting rigs hang over the dancefloor and the lasers are absolutely amazing. They have postioned quite a few mirrors around the club to reflect the green lasers right up to the ceiling, certainly a sight to behold. There is seating all around the dancefloor, and there are two bars situated on the ground floor, one in front of, and one behind the dancefloor. They are generally quite well staffed and the wait for a drink is generally not too bad. There are two more levels in the mainroom, both have bars and seating areas and give good views over the dancefloor. The VIP room is situated on the first level, and gives the more important among us a chance to get away from the riff raff down on the dancefloor. There are two lots of toilets, one on the ground floor and one on the top level, there is also a food outlet on the groundfloor if all the dancing leaves you needing a bite to eat. On busy nights the second room is opened up, this is situated underneath the main room and is a lot smaller, I've never actually been in this room as it's generally forgotten about, but I've been told it can get rather hot and sweaty, mmm nice. Because of t
          he clubs size it's very easy to loose all your friends, and one of my mates has even been found asleep in a broom cupboard at the end of the night, after failing to find us after going to the toilet. Majestyk is open Tuesday to Saturday and they often have special events on Bank Holiday Sunday's, such as Back 2 Basics and they are hosting a Sundissential special in August. Tuesday to Thursday are student nights with quite cheap drinks and is simply the place to be on a Tuesday if you are in the first year. The entrance is about £3 with NUS, but they are often flyering in the local area and in front of the unions which can gain you free entry. Wahey! Friday and Saturdays used to be cheese but they seem to be trying to move away from this image with the booking of some named DJ's, Boy George and Allistair Whitehead to name but 2. I'm not sure how well this will work as most 'proper' house fans will not give it a chance, but only time will tell. Entrance is a very reasonable £5 on the weekend, probably one of the cheapest clubs in town, though they make up for this with their rather expensive drinks (£2.50 a pint), but this is probably to be expected. It's open til 2.30 during the week and 4 at the weekend. Overall I would reccomend this club for not too serious clubbers who are out for a laugh, the student night can also be quite good as you'll know loads of people there. The special events are also good for more serious clubbers, but can be pricey so you better start saving now!

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            29.04.2001 22:55
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            Majestics (Leeds) is definitely worth a visit! I have only been once, but I will definitely go again. I decided to write this opinion while it was fresh in my mind ...... ***First impression*** Wow, much better than any of my local night clubs, but smaller than I thought (but still huge). ***Majestics*** Anyway, about ten of us went out for my friend’s birthday last night, we went to a couple of pubs first then went to Majestics at about 11.00 / 11.30. I didn't really know what to expect, we had to queue for about 5 minutes then we paid £7 pound to get in, that’s not too expensive for how good it is. Anyway, as you go in you go down a flight of stairs then for some reason you go up another flight of stairs to get into this massive (and I mean huge) room. At the time we went it wasn't too busy, it got busy later. The room is circular (I think but it was pretty dark) with balconies above (with seating) and a massive dance floor in the middle. They have dancers on the balconies overhead, sometimes they are men and sometimes women. The bars are around the outside of the dance floor. ***Bars*** There is more than one bar, and these bars are incredibly expensive for drinks. For example a bottle of Metz is £3.30 (and that’s usually about £1.30 in shops or £2.50 in pubs). They do have loads of choice to drink though which was quite good. I think they also have a little bit where you can buy food. ***Music*** Well I actually couldn't remember what the music was so I had to ask someone this morning. They said it was mainly dance music with well-known songs dotted throughout. I know it was definitely dancing music because that’s what I was doing ALL night. I was quite surprised that it didn’t make me temporarily deaf like some of theses nightclubs do, I think this was probably because of the vast size of the room. ***Lasers*** One
            of the best things about this club is these lasers, they are really good, much better than normal "disco" lights, and because there was such a vast space between the dance floor and the ceiling the lasers looked really amazing (I know some people may not have found them particularly special but I thought they were cool.) ***Who to go with*** Well I have only been with a large group of people but I think this is one of the better ways to go, I don't think it would have been as good if there hadn't been as many people with us. ***Who you'll meet*** Well the possibilities are endless; I stayed with my group though. There were less people in the club earlier on but into the early hours of the morning more people turned up. ***Toilets*** OK I am a woman; I need to know where these are. Yes they are really clearly marked, with massive neon signs over the entrance. ***Opening hours*** Well I have only been once, and I couldn't find a website anywhere to tell me, so I will update this opinion once I have found out. We went at about 11.30 and stayed till 3am. I think Majestics is probably the place to end up later on in the evening. I think it closes about 4am some days and 6am on others (I am not 100% sure so I’ll update with the official opening hours for each day once I have a list). ***Overall Impression*** Really good night out, definitely worth the £7, would definitely go again, if you are planning to get drunk probably advisable to bring a lot of money. Was a great party! And definitely recommend it to a friend.

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              14.09.2000 22:22

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              Hey! I'm a dance fan (and Indie fan), and Majestycs is pants for PROPPER dance music - go to the Space club instead. "Magics" is just SSSsoooooo Cheesey its untrue. The place could be so more creditable if they got desent dj's in there, except on a bank holiday. Thing is its packed, week in, week out, so why would they want to change the formula when they get the response they do? Its all charty stuff - with the now obligatory garage trash thats poluting the hit parade these days! Go if your trollied - not before! Hey I tell you what - they do have some (or they did when I last went a few years ago!) cracking student nights! - though the draft beer is gnats pish!

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              31.08.2000 02:46
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              I suppose if you like dance music with flashing lights this is the place for you. It is THE superclub in Leeds and, as a dance club, superior to anything else in the centre, especially in comparison with nearby clubs 'The Observatory' and 'Planet Earth' (or more commonly referred to as 'Planet Dirt'). However, this place does have its drawbacks. One problem is that it is just TOO big. If you lose your friends in this place then you will struggle to find them quickly, if at all. Also, because it is so busy, if there is trouble in the club the security is often not as fast as it should be and trouble can easily start. If you do go then only go in a large group as it is dire in small numbers! If you are heading out with the sole purpose of swapping tongues then Majestics is quite a challenge because the noise is deafining and most people are in large groups. Not my type of place as I like Indie music and hate dance music but if you like this sort of place you wont get better so I'd say for dance fans 5 stars. However, for the rest of us it is awful and so I'd give it 1. Therefor 3 stars seems fair does it not?

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                28.06.2000 04:05
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                May i just say that i visited Majestics last weekend as part of a Stag Night. It's an excellent club. cost was only £6 which i thought was very reasonable for a Saturday night. the music was excellent with a full range of tastes catered for. For any prospetive stag nights in Leeds i suggest you do what we did. Get there early (opens at 10pm). I think they smaller the que to less choosey they are about who they let in. We staggered our entry inot groups of four approx 2 mins apart and all get in without a problem. If you havn't been there it is huge, with about 3 floors of balconies over looking the dance floor. These areas are good to chill out in as you are able to chat to friends without having to shout. Don't know if it was our luck but there seemed to be alot of hen parties there aswell. I would definatley recommend this club. Worth a visit even if you are not from Leeds. We travelled from Norwich, London, Oxford together with some from Leeds for the weekend.

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