Wales’ first all-girls’ room opens in Cardiff nightclub

Tutti Frutti shakes up the club scene

The past year has been a tragic and scary time for women in the UK and Ireland.

Sarah Everard was murdered in March last year by a serving Met police officer, while Ashling Murphy was killed in an attack in Ireland when she was out for a run.

Such visible violence against women coupled with the reports of spiking levels in UK cities at the end of last year has raised concern and prompted action.

One of those forms of action is “Tutti Frutti”, a new Tuesday club night in Revolution’s that has its launch party today. It has the usual stuff you would expect for a student club night out; £1 entry, £1 drinks, £2 doubles.

However, it also provides the city with its first-ever girls-only room, which includes its own DJ and bar, while all the staff – including bouncers and bartenders – are female.

The Managing Director of Move Together, Alex Chesterton, which is organising the event, says the idea came from his female staff members. He thinks it will create a safe space for women by allowing them to move into the room if they begin to feel uncomfortable.

However, the President of Cardiff University’s Feminist Society, Bethany Magennis Prior, believes the new room is not the solution to a very complex problem. She says that it is not the best measure and does not address the problem.

Students in Cathays were split on the event, querying where trans people fitted in, while there was a running theme of sadness that such a room is even needed.