Lots of you will have seen or heard SARSVL and others talking about the Tequila UK ‘Fresher Violation’ club night held at The Mezz Club in Leeds. Tequila’s Facebook page had a video which publicised the night, where male club goers stated that women were going to “get raped” and that they would “take advantage of someone”. The video sparked indignation from many who saw it and was quickly taken down. Since then Leeds Uni Feminist Society have organised a protest at Mezz, there has been an online petition, and widespread condemnation. In a further development, West Yorkshire Police have applied to Leeds Licensing Authority for a review of The Mezz Club’s premises license. In the notice given by Leeds City Council it is stated:
“The grounds for review centre principally on crime and disorder and public safety, which are linked to a highly inappropriate and sexually suggestive advertising campaign used by a promoter’s company and endorsed by the DPS [The Mezz Club]. There is evidence, through such promotion approved by the management, that young males are being encouraged to engage in violent sexual acts against females”
(to see the full summary please go to http://www.leeds.gov.uk/Business/Pages/Licensing-Act-2003-Register.aspx)
Written representations about the review can be made to Leeds City Council by Monday 18th November.
SARSVL will be sending a representation as an organisation. You can see this here. Any person can make a representation regarding this and if you wish to do so, please feel free to use the information within our response but we do ask you to use your own words as far as possible. Representations should be sent to: Entertainment Licensing Section, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall, Leeds LS1 1UR.