Tequila Night: Is lad culture really a problem?

Date: Saturday 2 May 2015, 3:30pm to 4.30pm

Venue: Black Swan, 37 Call Lane, Leeds, LS1 7BT

Speaker: Dan Clayton, Documentary film-maker

Chair: Jack Simpson, The State of the Arts

As part of the Symposium: Live at Leeds Black Swan fringe event*, Leeds Salon is re-showing the documentary film, Tequila Night, exploring the debate over ‘lad culture’ and free expression in the aftermath of a controversial Tequila club promo video.  The video - dubbed a 'rape promo video' in the national media - sparked online outrage in 2013, and led to student protests, a police investigation and council licence hearing, and the eventual closure of the popular Mezz Club.

In the same year as the Tequila Night protests, Leeds University Union, along with other student unions, banned the Robin Thicke song Blurred lines and The Sun from campus as part of a clamp down on lad culture. And last year the NUS even held a conference into the issue, and has begun a national audit into lad culture on campus.

The film explores the arguments behind the protests and the police and council action, as well as the reaction of student club goers. It also raises the questions: Is lad culture really a problem? And what is behind the impulse to ban and censor in contemporary student politics?

The film lasts 30 minutes, and will be followed by a Q&A with the film maker and audience discussion.


NUS launches national audit into lad culture on campuses, NUS, 1 December 2014

Campus nightmare, Guardian, 11 October 2014

The moral McCarthyism of the war on lads, Spiked, 8 October 2014

Universities must unite to beat 'lad culture' sexism, Independent, 15 September 2014

Leeds Mezz Club has licence suspended over 'rape' ads, BBC, 9 December 2013


Symposium: Live at Leeds Black Swan

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May

As part of Live at Leeds, the Black Swan brings you a weekend of music, live art, film, and general partying. The event will take place over two floors and include performances from some of the most exciting contemporary British musical and live acts. There will also be great food, yoga and a few surprises.

Both Saturday and Sunday are free to those with Live at Leeds wristbands. For those without, you can buy tickets for just £5 per day via Eventbrite, or Pay-As-You-Feel on the day.

Saturday Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/symposium-live-at-leeds-at-black-swan-tickets-16392985862

Sunday Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/symposium-live-at-leeds-at-black-swan-tickets-16393032000

For details, see the Symposium: Live at Leeds fringe event.


Leeds Salon on Facebook

Follow theleedssalon on Twitter

Sign up to our mailing list


The Leeds Salon is a judging partner of the sixth form Debating Matters competition

The Tetley and The Leeds Salon are partners in school debate for central and south Leeds

The HFoI and The Leeds Salon are partners in school debate for north Leeds


Leeds Salon is a member of the Amazon Affiliate Programme. When you follow this link, we receive a small percentage of anything you spend in that visit. It costs you no extra but is a big help to us!

Leeds Debate Links

Arts Society Leeds

Café Psychologique

Café Scientifique (Chapel Allerton)

Café Scientifique (Headingley)

FORUM 2000

Headingley Festival of Ideas

Headingley LitFest

Leeds Library Salon

Leeds Phil & Lit Society

Leeds Pint of Science

Taking Soundings

Talking Allowed In Leeds: PiPs

Think Headingley: PiPs


National Debate Links

Salon Aberystwyth

Birmingham Salon

East Midlands Salon

Exeter Salon

Liverpool Salon

London Legal Salon

Manchester Salon

Academy of Ideas

Debating Matters

Manifesto Club


The Great Debate



Global Debate Links

Berlin Salon

Dublin Salon

Zurich Salon


Donations gratefully received