New nightclub creates 40 jobs

21-23 Smyth Street, Wakefield
21-23 Smyth Street, Wakefield

A NEW nightclub, which police had objected to over fears of drunken violence, is set to open this summer.

Andy Herrick, who goes by the DJ name Andy More, has been given the go-ahead by Wakefield Council to open Warehouse 23 in the former Black Flag building on Smyth Street.

And the 22-year-old director of Factory Leisure Ltd says he will create 40 jobs.

The 1,000-capacity club will be allowed to serve alcohol, play music and show films until 3am and to put on special under-age nights for children aged between 13 and 17.

Previously the Black Flag venue could only serve alcohol when live music was played and police had raised concerns over too many pubs and clubs in a small area.

But Mr Herrick of Grange Moor said the move will create around 40 jobs and boost the city’s night-time economy with indie nights with live bands and DJ sets for clubbers.

The former Queen Elizabeth Grammar School pupil said: “We have created this with the clubber in mind and it will be a hybrid between a club and a live music venue.

“I am from Wakefield and want to have a positive impact on the city and provide them with something which they will not have seen before.

“I am looking forward to getting the people from Wakefield involved with this from the start.

“I look forward to working closely with the police and I think we have overcome any fears they had at the beginning.”