The Leeds nightlife scene is about to get a hot-as-hell upgrade with the arrival of Dollhouse. Residing in a beautiful brick building in the city centre’s historical Hirst’s Yard, this picture-perfect bar presents a fresh new concept from local lad and platinum selling artist Tom Zanetti and DJ and entrepreneur Kane Towning.
With no expense spared, the sky is the limit at Dollhouse. Located down a cobbled street just off Call Lane, the bar formerly known as Red Door has undergone an outrageously lavish makeover that will see it transformed into the city’s most Insta-worthy destination. It’s going to be off the Richter Scale!
The quarter of a million-pound investment ensures that this opulent hot-spot will feature a sound system as dynamic as the bar itself, so expect your favourite beats to pop when they drop in crystal-clear surround sound.
Dollhouse will be celebrating their arrival with not one, but four different launch nights, each one with its own unique flavour. Leeds’ only VIP student night Xo Thursdays will get proceedings off with a bang on the 1st August, where guests can expect a hedonistic selection of hip hop, RNB and club classics.
On Friday 2nd August it’s time to filthy for the weekend at Dirty Doll, with resident DJ’s Josh Weeks and Ryan Wilson and their party-centric playlist of house. Saturday 3rd August is all about getting Dolled Up, where residents Luke Tibble and Manny Brown will drop tunes against a backdrop of live sax, performers and doll shows.
The fourth and final launch party will be the one-off Pride Special on Sunday 4th August, which is set to be the hottest place to party throughout the now legendary Leeds Pride festival.
As well as providing an unparalleled entertainment and music experience, Dollhouse will be a place to enjoy the high life. With VIP tables aplenty and a drinks menu boasting signature cocktails, premium international spirits, champagne and more, this is a space designed for making memories, whether it’s date night with your bae or a birthday celebration with the crew.
The brainchild of Tom Zanetti and fellow entrepreneur and DJ Kane Towning, the tour-de-force duo’s first bar has been a long time coming. Having toured the world together promoting and performing at some of the planets biggest clubs and festivals, Dollhouse is a fusion of the pairs savvy industry knowledge and passion for music and parties. Tom is already familiar face on the UK dance scene, and has dropped several bangers via Sony Music.
His dark and dirty 2016 smash ‘You Want Me’ topped the iTunes chart and has amassed over 30 million streams on Spotify. Follow up track ‘More & More’ swallowed up tabloid news column inches, thanks to its steamy music video shot in the Ibiza Hills with model Demi Rose.
Appearances on Love Island, MTV’s Just Tattoo of Us, Good Morning Britain and 4Music Live have only solidified his hot-property status, and he can often be found hanging out at red carpet events mixing with the likes of Idris Elba, Mist and JayKae.
Tom is currently on his summer 2019 tour, which includes a residency at the ultra-exclusive Sisu in Marbella alongside Craig David, DJ EZ and Steel Banglez. Tom had this to say ahead of the launch:
“The response to Dollhouse has been absolutely amazing so far. We’re completely blown away with how much people already seem to love the brand and we haven’t even shown you the best bits yet! This is going to be truly special for Leeds and we can’t wait to get the party started!”
In contrast, long-time friend and business partner Kane Towning likes to keep a lower profile, yet is no stranger to success himself.
As the mastermind behind the now legendary Made In Leeds Festival and other event brand goliaths, Kane is first and foremost a businessman with a sharp eye for the next big thing. When he’s not working on his next event, Kane can be found playing in the best clubs across the world as an acclaimed DJ.
After falling in love with music and mixing at the age of 13, Kane has gone onto carve an impressive DJ career of his own. His recent Tech remix of Meduza’s ‘Piece of Your Heart’ with Josh Hunter has been filling dancefloors across Europe and even landed plays on BBC Radio One.
In 2020, Tom and Kane will be celebrating 10 years of their iconic club brand Sleepin is Cheatin. The SIC brand has taken the pair on a bona-fide rollercoaster ride, that includes countless parties, festivals, merchandise, The SIC Life tv show and a Warner Music backed record label. If anyone knows how to get the party started, it’s these two.
Dollhouse VIP, 11-15 Hirsts Yard, Leeds, LS1 6NJ.
Photography by Nathan Damour.