What is Alert!?
Alert! is a monthly night for those who prefer something different. With music provided by our resident DJs, Alert! offers a safe, inclusive environment with plenty of dark spaces to explore your perversions. Alert! is a great chance to give your latest fetish gear an airing, in a welcoming atmosphere full of some of the horniest, sexiest men around, great music and the promise of a fantastic night.
We attract people from all over the North West, from London, Scotland and even Europe and we are the longest-running monthly fetish event for gay men in the North of England.
We have been running now for more than a decade and a half and are the cornerstone of the fetish community in Manchester, with many other events happening around Alert! – in fact, don’t just come to Manchester for Alert!, come for a full weekend of events!
Where is Alert! held?
Until the end of December 2013, our home was Legends 4-6 Whitworth Street Manchester M1 3QW. But in January 2013 we moved to a new home at Alter Ego, 105-107 Princess Street, Manchester M1 6DD. This move was brought about because the Legends complex was sold to developers and has been demolished to make way for a new hotel. Then in October 2016, we moved again to Bangkok Bar, just a few blocks further up Princess Street, where we could take advantage of a fully refurbished cellar complex providing a maze of play spaces, custom built for the Manchester fetish community. Bangkok Bar was taken over by new management in June 2016 and rebranded as HML (Hollywood, Manhattan & Legends), however, we were told that Alert! there was safe. However, the HML team deserted the building just four weeks and in July 2016 the lease of the venue changed hands and we were told that we no longer fit with the business model there going forward so, for the time being, we are heading back to Alter Ego. We were given little notice and no time to find alternative accommodation but will continue to scour the local spaces to ensure we are in the best possible venue for Alert! That is not an easy task – we have to find somewhere that is within easy distance of the Village, where not only the leaseholder but also the landlord of the building is happy to host us, where the price isn’t so high that we have to increase the door charge and where the necessary facilities, sound and lights are available. We may consider taking on our own building so if anyone hears of anywhere suitable, please let us know.
You can find our address and a map to the venue on our Contacts page
Then in August 2017, we were told that Alter Ego was to change hands and that the direction the new owner wanted to take the venue had no room for any of the regular fetish events that had been held there previously. We were told that November 2017 would be our last Alert! at Alter Ego and plans to try to find an alternative space were ramped up and remain our top priority. However, then just before we opened on November 4th 2017, the owner of Alter Ego (now named Night People) had a change of heart and has asked us to stay indefinitely.
When is the next Alert!?
There is a list of the next few nights available on the Home page of this site and you can see the suggested themes of forthcoming events on our Events page. Themes are always just suggestions and if it is a ‘rubber’ night there will still be plenty of guys in leather or skin gear. Similarly, when we have a night supporting the Manchester Gay Skinheads, we will have guys there in all the different fetishes. The main Alert! Club night happens on the first Saturday of every month, the only exception being at Christmas when sometimes we have to break this pattern to accommodate the way the holidays fall or when we run extra events to coincide with pride etc.
You can find full details of the next few Alert! events on our Events pages
Manchester Rubbermen celebrate their 9th year in May 2018 and as always, Alert! plays a major part in the weekend. Attracting rubber enthusiasts from all around the globe this is rapidly becoming one of the biggest rubber gatherings in Europe so you will want to be there as this year we are expecting record numbers. […]
Be Alert! in April for what we are sure will be an amazing night. Maybe you are looking for a new bloke in your life. Maybe you just want to socialise. Maybe you want to dance until you drop or maybe you just want an amazing night out with a load of like-minded, horny, friendly […]
Mad March will be upon us quicker than we expect but one thing you can rely upon is the usual Alert! fun. Springtime always seems to make you frisky so bounce down to Alert! and see what springs up for you!
Do you have changing facilities and a cloakroom?
Yes, we have ample space for you to change from your ‘street-wear’ into your fetish gear. As you enter the club, we might ask you if you have something to change into – please don’t be offended at this, we are only trying to make sure that everyone adheres to the dress code. There is a fully-staffed cloakroom where you can leave your belongings. There is a charge of £1.50 (levied by the venue) for a bag/coat but you can return to the cloakroom to retrieve items and then put your bag back in without further charge.
Can you recommend any local hotels to stop at when I come to Alert!?
This matter very much depends upon your specific requirements, luxury, cost, location etc. There are many hotels in the city centre, but we advise you to book early if you want to stay at busy times such as bank holidays as the hotels fill up quickly.
Where do people go after Alert!?
We suggest The Eagle on Bloom Street or Company Bar which are open until late and are popular post-Alert! venues. We have a list of some of these venues with links to their pages here
Do you have an area for smokers?
Yes, there is a sectioned-off area outside the venue where smoking is permitted. You may need to have your wrist stamped or be given a paper wristband.
The venue runs a staffed cloakroom where you can leave clothes, valuables, and any bags so that they will be safe but from time to time people manage to drop something, put something down and forget about it or otherwise losing it. If you lose your cloakroom ticket we will do all we can to help but you may have to wait until the end of the night for the cloakroom team to reunite you with your posessions. Please understand that this is partly for your protection so that we can ensure that nobody other than you ends up with your bag.
The club can be quite dark and things are easily dropped. If you lose something and realise then please let us know in Reception. Usually, items found during the course of the night come to us there. We have some very honest customers and things like wallets, credit cards and hotel keys are invariably handed in.
If you FIND anything during the night that you think may be lost then please bring it to us at Reception.
Sometimes items turn up at the venue when the lights go on at the end of the night, so even if that lost wallet hasn’t been handed in during the event, odds are that it will turn up when the cleaning lights go on.
Anything that is handed to us at Reception or found and not reclaimed at the end of the night will be kept safe and we will do what we can to reunite it with its owner.
If you get home and then realise that something is missing, drop us an email and we will at least be able to confirm whether it was found, and of course, we will then either get it back to you or have it ready for you to collect at the next event – whichever you prefer. Our email address for any such enquiries is [email protected]
We can’t work miracles though and prevention is better than cure so please do take care, check around you when you leave to make sure you haven’t dropped anything and even check that the bag you just put your gear in was actually yours. Yes, we have had people put their trousers in someone else’s bag and then they were stuck at the end of the night with nothing to change back into. (We now have some spare ’emergency’ shorts in case that happens again.
You can find further information on:
- Our FAQ page which answers most of the more common questions
- Our Prices page which explains our pricing structure
- Our Members page which explains how to become a member and why you may wish to do so
And of course you can email us any specific questions via [email protected]