The night was started in May 1998 by three graduates of the University of Leeds, who wanted the north of England to have something comparable with events at London venues such as The Slimelight and The Electric Ballroom.
Originally the night was held in the (now defunct) Harvey Milk Bar of Leeds University Union. In 2001, during construction work at the Union, the event moved to the Bassment at the Merrion Centre in the city centre.
In 2002, the event returned to Leeds University Union, to the newly completed two-floor, 1200-capacity "Stylus" venue. It has remained here ever since. As in the early days, a second floor is occupied by the Wendy House's sister night, Mutate, which takes a more industrial and underground electronic angle.
The night claims to have become the largest event of its type in the north of England. In order to fill the larger venue, it has become less of a pure goth night (though its organisers say it was never strictly intended to be one), and more of a general alternative night, playing music from the 1980s onwards. It has an emphasis on fun and not taking itself too seriously.