There are few clubs in the country which have built up a reputation quite like that of Leeds’ Mint Club, especially when focussing on small clubs. Over the past twenty years, the club has reimagined itself multiple times but has always stuck to simple core clubbing principles, couple that with a city that is drenched in electronic music heritage and you have a special cocktail for success.
24th February 2019, saw the club open it’s doors for the very last time for a suitably over the top party, opening at 2pm, converting the smoking shelter into a second room and treating punters to an extended and rare intimate set from long time Mint favourite and friend, Ricardo Villalobos.
Opening up early doors it was a friends and family affair as residents, past residents and regular guests over the years joined up to take control of the club. Numerous back to backs were billed throughout the day with the full FUSE cohort (Enzo Siragusa, Archie Hamilton, Seb Zito, Rich NxT, Rossko) lining up alongside tINI, Digby, Josh Tweek (The Ghost / Louche), Laura Jones and longstanding residents Annie Errez and Bobby O'Donnell before Seth Troxler and Craig Richards transitioned into the business end of the party and an ever classy Zip warmed proceedings up perfectly before the main event.
Taking over the reigns at around 1am, what came next was around six hours of classic Villalobos. Stringing together everything from micro house and minimal techno to flamboyant, peak time slammers and rolling acid, with Mousse T’s Club Mix of Ghost (Michael Jackson), the Metropolitan Acid Mix of Here For The Love, Floor Plan - Funky Souls, Butch - Quiet Storm and the man himself’s remix of Depeche Mode’s Sinner Inside lasting long in the memory.
Joining Ricardo on the decks for the close, compadre Craig Richards supplied the penultimate tune of the night with Random Factor’s Convergence, fittingly released on Leeds’ very own 20:20 Vision. Anyone who can shed some light on the very last tune before the rainbow lights came up for the last time, please step forward...
A fitting end to an iconic club. Hats off to everyone involved at Mint over the years and especially over the past 6 months delivering an increasingly hectic schedule of events as people flocked from all over to bid their farewells.
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