Mint Club in Leeds announced last night that it will be closing its doors early next year. It joins clubs like Sankeys in Manchester and London's Turnmills in a widely-reported wave of club closures across the UK due to property development or other issues.
"The area around the club is being comprehensively redeveloped and we were not able to renew or extend the lease," the club said in a statement on Facebook.
Open since 1998, the club launched with Derrick Carter playing Leeds staple Back To Basics.
It went on to host plenty of the city's key nights from Technique to Asylum, Louche to System. The club has long boasted one of the UK's best sound systems: a perfectly tuned Funktion One that delivered booming kick drums and crisp hi hats from the best in the game. On any given week over the last two decades you could see Jeff Mills doing a live show on his 909 drum machine, Ricardo Villalobos playing extended sets of freaky minimal, masters like Zip serving up scintillating house and creamier crews like Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap bringing the good time grooves. The sleek decor of the club, with its sharp lines, Watergate-style LED panel above the dance floor and restricted seating all made it one of the most futuristic places to party in the whole of the North.
The brand said it "now powers onwards." And that along with other big projects and events coming for 2019, the Mint Warehouse will be undergoing refurbishments.
“Help us wipe the tears away in the best possible way. On the dancefloor. This is where it all started.”
Events on the horizon include the Mint Fest after party with Enzo Siragusa, a three-hour set by Nightmares On Wax, a visit by Seth Troxler on November 3rd, a FUSE showcase on December 1st, and a Skream Open to Close event on December 8th.