NIGHTCLUB owners will find out today if they will be granted a licence to put on strip shows.
Passion, in Holmeside, has applied to the city council to be allowed to provide entertainment, and screen football matches, during the football season.
The city centre venue wants to takeover where Brogan’s and Privilege, which previously hosted the match day shindigs but closed earlier in the year, left off.
The bar and club provided entertainment for match goers in the form of DJ Wee Phillie – real name Phil Monk – part of whose act is a strip show.
Today, a city council committee will consider whether to grant the club a sex establishment licence, which will allow die-hard SAFC fan Phil’s act to go ahead.
Passion owner Mike Downey, said the licence is just a formality.
“I won’t be putting on lap dancing or pole dancing or anything like that,” he said.
“The licence is purely just so I will be able to show the matches, and so Phil’s show can be put on because part of that is a strip show.”
Northumbria Police had previously opposed the application, and requested conditions including installing CCTV in all areas of the nightclub, be included in the licence.
“All the conditions are already covered with the conditions of the license we have anyway,” said Michael, who also owns Cafe’ D Mil, in High Street West.
“And we already have nine doormen on then. The only other thing they asked for is a risk assessment.
“The licence is just so we can put the matches on, and because part of Phil’s act is strippers.
“There won’t be anything other than that.”
DJ Wee Phillie, had planned to take a break from match day entertainment for the 2013/14 season and join his mates at the Stadium of Light for the games.
But when he received the call from Passion he decided not to hang up his red and white cut-off jumpsuit.
He previously told the Echo: “I had planned to take a season out and just enjoy going to the match, but I made the decision to go ahead and it is going to be bigger and better than ever.”
The committee meeting will be held in the Civic Centre at 2pm.