If walls could talk, those in ‘The Mint’ would have more than a few yarns to spin. This is where the first Back To Basics event took place, with Derrick Carter jacking it out in 1989, and whilst fashions and fads have changed, the aim of the club hasn’t shifted since that historic day — bringing quality, forward-thinking house and techno to the good people of Yorkshire’s biggest and most debauched city.
Don’t think that means things are becoming staid, though. 2015 saw a swathe of new nights set up in this intimate, one-roomed haunt, with key parties like System, Prism, Circular and Mint Sessions boasting quality residents who understand their crowd- namely Annie Errez, Jimmy Switch, Tobias, FiNN & Farrow and one of our ones to watch last year, Bobby O’Donnell.
As if that wasn’t enough, recent headliners have ranged from Carl Craig and Luciano, to DJ Format, Little Dragon, and hip-hop heavyweight Big Daddy Kane. Those iconic polo-mint seats and the green-tinged decor are now distant memories too, long since replaced with a reactive LED roof and stripped interior design, with sets powered by a well-engineered Funktion One. Which means it’s pretty fucking loud.