Big name comedy club set to open Leeds venue

Some of the UK's top comics are set to perform at a new Leeds comedy club which has been granted a licence.

The Glee Club applied to open until 03:00 at its new venue on Albion Street in the city centre.

Acts like Joe Lycett and Michael McIntyre are among those performing for the Glee Club, which already has venues in Birmingham, Glasgow and Nottingham.

An application for a premises licence was submitted to Leeds City Council by club owners Comic Enterprises Ltd.

Representing the applicant at a licensing hearing on Tuesday, Chris Rees-Gay said: “If granted, this would be Leeds’ only dedicated comedy club, a cultural benefit to the city.

“They are an industry leader and an award-winning operator.”

The licence allows for the sale of alcohol between 10:00 and 03:00 at the new venue, which was formerly a Jongleurs comedy club, the Local Democracy Reporting Service said.

The licence application said: “The Glee Clubs are a group of live comedy, music and special events venues.

“They are the home of stand-up comedy, with regular mixed-bill weekend shows and big names on tour with their solo shows.

“They also host inspiring music gigs, spoken word, talks and cabaret and burlesque shows.”

There were nine letters of objection to the club opening from nearby householders, the hearing was also told.

Mr Rees-Gay said a meeting had been held with people living nearby and a specialist noise assessment carried out.

The Glee Club opened its first venue in Birmingham in 1994. At the time it was the first purpose-built comedy club outside London.

The company was told its licence would be granted, subject to agreed conditions.

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