“ Harrison Street, Leeds. „
I recently decided to venture out of Manchester for a night out to Mint Club in Leeds. The club has a capacity of 600 yet rumours were flying that 1200 tickets had been sold.
We were told to get there before 12 if we didn't want to queue by the promoters, so when we turned up at 10.50 only to discover there was an extremely large queue we were highly disappointed. We eventually got in after waiting for 40 minutes. The reason for the big wait was due to the fact that there was a highly annoying promotor on the door checking tickets who was on a massive power trip. He wasn't a doorman yet he was acting like one, every now and then he would walk down the queue pushing people and shouting quite rudely at people, even swearing on numerous occasions. He didn't set a good tone for the night and already I was starting to worry. Luckily once inside I never had to see this idiot again!
Once inside the club I noticed how small it was instantly and wondered how they could claim it holds 600 people, surely it can't....it was already packed too and there was still an extremely large amount of people waiting outside. The club was nicely decorated but it had a few things that seriously got in the way such as high tables and chairs inbetween the dance floor and the bar.
The sound system in there was immense though, a newly fitted Funktion 1 sound system I am told. For those of you who don't know, Funktion 1 is regarded as one of the best sound systems in the world and they are widely used at many clubs and festivals. The delivered a mean set of bass to my ears and helped me forget about how hot and busy it was in there. The club also has a disco panel lighting system. They claim for it to have been the first in the UK (the first one in the World being in Watergate in Berlin) but I am not sure if their claim is true as I believe that Spektrum (Sankeys sister club in Manchester) had one first. But to be honest it doesn't really matter who had it first, it is an amazing addition to the club and looks amazing when it is in action.
The night that I went to is run by System, a very famous club promotion group who brought us "Cocoon in the Park" festival last year (this years festival is confirmed for Saturday 10th July). System runs on the first Saturday of every month. So far we have had the likes of Loco Dice and Luciano and Sven Vath and Ricardo Villalobos are due in the coming weeks. The club also brings us other famous nights such as "Filth" a hugely popular Leeds night which saw big attention in Ibiza this year and also the classic Back 2 Basics night. If you aren't into house and techno music then you will probably struggle to enjoy it here.
The drinks prices are average for a club, but still highly expensive. The bar staff were excellent though, probably the best I have experienced. They were extremely fast and efficient and always friendly and polite.
The toilets are multi sex and on a busy night like the one I was at this caused a nightmare. When you walk into them you are in a queue straight away and most guys don't realise there is a urinal hidden round the corner, which you have to push past the people in the queue to get to. Upon getting through and going you then have the struggle to get back out!
There is an outdoor smoking area which is covered so you don't get wet and they have some novelty seats out there such as the "polo" mint seats and seats that look like large mushrooms. There is also a seating area inside the club (aswel as the seats inside that I have already mentioned) which is like a leather sofa.
There are two DJ boxes in there which is very strange for such a small club. One is raised and located by the entrance to the toilets and the other is located about 2metres to the right of it (with only the door to go outside separating them). The latter of the two is the best booth as it is at ground level and you can get right up to the DJ.
Overall the night was extremely memorable as I was seeing my favourite DJ Loco Dice and we had some good banter with him at the front including him giving us glasses of champagne! The night was so good purely because of the music and the atmosphere but as far as the club itself goes it was a bit of a let down. It is so small and they oversold it and the air conditioning in there doesn't seem to be the best. I would go there again but only to see some of the biggest name DJs, I don't think I would go to a standard night there. But the club has some serious pulling power (with regards to pulling in some absolutely huge DJs).
I have rated the club a 4 based on it's sound system, disco panel lighting and amazing DJ's. However it is distinctly average other than that so maybe a 3 rating could also be considered. I'm going to play it safe and give it a 3.5 stars!
Despite it's central location the Mint club is quite hard to find, tucked away down a back street in the commercial area of town. The club itself is quite small, it's capacity is only around 500, it only has one room but on busy nights the outside terrace is usually opened. The dj box is situated in the corner of the raised dancefloor, equiped with the most glitter balls I have ever seen, on the farside of the club as you walk in, on the left there is a large bar and the unisex toilets are located next to the dancefloor. The shock on some peoples faces when the enter the toilets to find members of the opposite sex in there is worth the entrance money alone. The club is smartly decorated with a green theme, well it is the mint club! This includes having stools in the shape of polos and an eery green light in the seating area, so when you've had a few everyone starts to look a little weird. The dancefloor takes up around half the club, and as everyone there is up for a good time and a boogie often this is not large enough, meaning chairs and tables are utilised for their dancefloor potential. The club opens various nights of the week, the only regular nights they have are Dave Beer's legendary night, Basics on Saturday and Love to be on Fridays. Both of these nights offer a funky house soundtrack, with love to be sticking to their residents and Basics often getting in the 'big names', such as Danny Rampling, Lottie, Roger Sanchez and even Eric Morillo. Basics also hosts one off parties at the massive Majestyk in Leeds and they often have tents at all the major dance festivals. The club is open til gone 4 on both nights, often carrying on til there is no-one left standing. The drinks are quite expensive and as this is a small club it often gets very crowded and hot, but the crowd are always friendly, whichever night you go on and you are always guaranteed a good time if funky house is your thing.