Why do you have a dress code?
Because we are a fetish event and want to ensure that everyone who attends makes an effort to wear something appropriate. We canvassed our attendees who opted overwhelmingly for an enforced dress code.
Why do you have themed nights and if there is, for example, a “Rubber Special” can I come in leather?
We try to support all of the different fetish scenes in Manchester and one of the ways we can do that is through suggested theme nights. So over the Manchester Rubbermen Weekend, we will suggest that people wear rubber if they have it, to support that fetish. Similarly, we have leather themed nights to coincide with events from that part of the community, and over the Manchester Gay Skinheads Weekend, we encourage people to wear skin gear. But these are only ever suggestions and we will never make anyone theme exclusive for a given night. So on a rubber themed night, it is fine to wear skin gear, or sports kit, or leather and so on – and you will still find plenty of people who don’t want to follow the suggestion. We know that not everyone can or wants to buy a load of leather gear or feels comfortable in rubber and so on – so we will never exclude you if you don’t follow the theme. The full dress code will always be available on every night.
Why do you Alert! LITE and what is it?
From time to time we hold a no-dress-code night which we call “Alert! LITE”. This is to provide a taster experience for those people who are just starting out in their fetish, who are curious about who we are and what we do, or people who have a friend who doesn’t have the gear but want a night like Alert! So we relax the dress code and throw open the doors to those who are curious. After all, we all had to start out somewhere and this allows new people a chance to experience our night without committing to buying a load of gear. We generally find though that most people still make an effort and try to get into the spirit of the event and Alert! LITE has proved to be a huge success.
My particular fetish is not represented in your dress code, will you either allow me in or change your dress code to include my preferred clothing?
We generally make very few exceptions to the published dress code, which was developed after consultation with our attendees and which we feel reflects a sufficiently wide range of fetishes. We understand that this does not include every fetish but we have to draw the line somewhere and we have no plans to change the existing list. However, if you are uncertain whether what you plan to wear will be acceptable we suggest you email us a photo to [email protected] and we will be able to give you a definitive answer.
I am new to the fetish community and don’t want to spend a lot of money on expensive leather or rubber gear just yet. What could I wear for Alert! that isn’t going to cost me a fortune?
The dress code includes low-cost items such as ‘sportswear’, so something like a football or rugby strip (with shorts of course) would be totally appropriate. We also allow just boots and a jock-strap (not underpants though). As we now also host the RoB-on-the-road pop-up shop, you can buy smaller items of clothing at the venue (ie jock straps, rubber shorts etc) and we will allow you access to do that but you MUST change as soon as possible and nobody should be wandering through the venue in street clothes.
I’m not sure if what I want to wear will be allowed, can you advise me, please?
Certainly – just email us at [email protected] to tell us what you plan to wear (you could even attach a photo) and we’ll be happy to advise you on whether or not we would allow it. If you are in any doubt at all, it is better to ask!