Former Radio 1 star and world-renowned DJ Dave Pearce will appear at Spalding nightclub Loaded at the end of this month.
Club bosses expect Dave to play to a capacity audience on Saturday, January 30.
As well as being a stalwart on Radio 1, Dave has graced consoles across the UK, popular European holiday islands and major festivals worldwide. He also has one of the biggest lists of credits on music compilations of any DJ internationally.
Loaded’s management want to run the night as “a Champagne Party” and have sought local authority consent for a one night only relaxation of the glass policy.
Licensing rules currently say polycarbonate (plastic) drinking vessels should be used in most parts of the club, with glass restricted to areas like the VIP lounge, but Loaded has asked for a temporary event notice (TEN) to allow supply and use of glass Champagne bottles and flutes and spirit bottles in the nightclub.
Police and the district council environmental health department object and there will be a licensing panel meeting tomorrow (Friday) to decide what happens.
Police say the glass policy should remain in force until the outcome is known for “a full variation application” at a later date. Environmental health say the rules were imposed “after a serious glassing incident” and the policy should remain.
Loaded bosses say evidence provided by police over the last five years show that incidents have significantly reduced at the venue.
Loaded general manager Dave Charlesworth said: “We have had numerous customers over the festive period request bottles of Champagne, some at the cost in excess of £200. But because the Champagne has to be decanted into plastic glasses at the bar, many orders have been cancelled.”
Loaded use glass vessels in VIP booths, the VIP lounge during nightclub sessions, and at private functions.
Bosses say this has not resulted in a single incident using a glass vessel of any description and their one-off request is to allow the larger audience of the venue to enjoy a similar standard of service.
Loaded director Matt Clark said: “The incidents which led to us offering the introduction of polycarbonate vessels were personal and not linked to the venue.
“Loaded strives to provide a premium entertainment offering and it is therefore often upsetting for any customer, wanting to spend several hundreds of pounds on an experience, to have this tarnished by only having the option of using plastic vessels.
“Loaded remains a well-managed and safe venue frequented by in excess of 100,000 people each year.”