UTOPIAR faces issues with first opening night in Leeds

Clubbers complained of long queues, unfinished rooms and dangerous crowds at the new super-club Cargo


UTOPIAR, an “intergalactic” club night at the brand new superclub Cargo has apologised to customers unable to get into the club last Friday, October 1st.

This follows issues with the superclub Cargo itself, which was unable to open on-time after LOOSEDAYS received a phone call “explaining that the club wasn’t going to be ready for the opening of our [their] freshers welcome party.”

UTOPIAR, is one of LOOSEDAYS’ Leeds Club nights, held every Friday at Cargo, for an “intergalactic journey through the Utopiar Galaxy.”

The club night promises 4 Music Policies: House and Tech House, RnB and Hip hop, Disco and 80s and Anthems and Classics.

One of the issues UTOPIAR faced was with tickets, as a scam company was selling fraudulent tickets on Fatsoma, leaving many customers empty handed.

UTOPIAR posted on their Instagram: “The venue has only just opened and we’re short staffed on security.”

However, they hope to improve this situation in the coming weeks: “We’ve been working with the venue and their management on a security plan for upcoming weeks to ensure everyones safety!”

A kitchen left open for club goers to explore in

Club-goers who were unable to get inside due to the massive queues and who have applied for a refund through Fatsoma “will receive the money back in your bank account within the next 5-10 working days.”

One group spoke to The Leeds Tab and told us: “None of our group of eight got in, when we’d paid up to £7 for entry to not even get in, it did feel a bit disheartening, especially as we’d been queueing for over two hours.”

UTOPIAR are also offering a “free ticket to any UTOPIAR event to anyone who applied for a refund as an extra something.”

The club was absolutely not ready for opening one attendee told us

However, many club-goers experienced other issues with the venue itself, with one club-goer telling The Leeds Tab: “It was way too overcrowded and dangerously busy to try and get to the toilets.

“It took us 35 minutes to get down the stairs to the toilet, and when we got down there, the men’s toilets had p*ss all over the floor, and the toilets were overflowing straight onto the floor.”

Crowds stuck on the stairs trying to reach the toilets, leaving some club goers concerned for their safety

Another told The Leeds Tab they felt the venue wasn’t ready: “They shut one of the rooms at 1:30AM, and we spoke to Security who said most of the rooms weren’t ready to be opened yet.

“One guy came out of the kitchen in one of the rooms with a wok and was just dancing around with it.

“It felt a bit like a construction site and I really don’t think they should have opened on time, as Cargo clearly doesn’t look or feel ready to host events.”

The Vault was shut at 1:46am, way before the 4AM where the club was supposed to shut

UTOPIAR and Cargo have been contacted for comment.

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