Old Cambridge Fez venue to reopen on 21st June as brand new MASH Nightclub

The club will have a zero tolerance policy towards any forms of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism or aggression

Following the permanent closure of Fez Club Cambridge, a new nightclub will be taking its place in the same Market Passage venue. MASH Cambridge will be opening on 21st June under new operator, Fat Poppadaddys.

Fat Pops are carrying out an “extensive refurb and upgrade” of the venue, telling customers to “expect a vastly improved dancefloor area, sound system, air con system and VIP lounge.”

MASH Cambridge will be the only independent club in the city, with a capacity of 300 people. They plan to host club nights around multiple music genres, such as pop, rock, RnB and indie. According to Louise Holly, one of the new owners, the club will be creating around 25 new jobs and will be a living wage employer.

MASH Cambridge

(Image credit: MASH Cambridge)

They’re telling students to “expect all of Cambridge’s best club promoters and parties to be at the venue: Fresh Tuesdays, Let’s Kill Disco and Memoria – Cambridge’s longest running international club night, to name a few. There will also be plenty of live music performances involving local and touring bands.”

MASH Cambridge will have a “zero tolerance policy towards any forms of racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism or aggression.”

When asked about this policy in light of current Reclaim These Streets action in Cambridge, Louise Holly told The Cambridge Tab: “The need to be kind isn’t just a requirement of the people who work at Mash; it’s a requirement of all those who come there to party. We aren’t interested in how much money you have or who you know; all we care about is that you’re happy, friendly and want to have a good time.”

MASH Cambridge

(Image credit: MASH Cambridge)

In a press release, Louise said: “We are sad to see Fez go, but passionate to bring our brand of authenticity to the city. Our aim is to change the culture of Cambridge clubbing. We also want to create a great space for live music which has always been under-represented in Cambridge.”

Fat Poppadaddys have also run events at Lola Lo’s and the (now closed) Ballare, and initially hosted Monday nights in Fez after they were first set up in 1998.

Louise also told The Cambridge Tab that MASH is “an inclusive, safe space, and we want everyone to enjoy every moment of their night with us” and that “all our staff will receive training in sensitivity and anti-harassment.”

Tickets are available now from the MASH website

Feature image credit: Abel Ashby, Charissa Cheong, and MASH Cambridge 

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