Everyone from the Alert! team wishes you and the ones you love an amazing Christmas and all good luck for 2019
Our next event is on Saturday 5th January 2019. Come join us as celebrate the early days of a new year and all the opportunities that may bring.
An important date for your diaries is April 13th 2019 – the Saturday of MRM weekend where Alert! will be bringing a special extra date to the diary for an enormous party to celebrate MRM’s 10th birthday. We have already had a sneak peek at some of the weekend plans and they are extraordinary!
Weekend tickets are available here: www.manchester-rubber.co.uk/tickets
You will be able to buy single event tickets later and we will let you know when they go on sale. You won’t want to miss this as it will be in a new venue, much bigger than anything we have done before and is going to be a lot of fun. We can’t wait! You will not have to be in rubber to attend the Alert! event; this will be a full, all-encompassing fetish party where anything from our standard dress code will apply although of course, if you’ve got rubber, we’d love you to wear it to show your support for MRM.
It really IS going to be something special. We will keep you appraised as further details can be released, including the location and of the venue. MRM Weekend has been growing exponentially over it’s last few years and is now a massive international festival, with an amazing reputation. And YOU can be part of it this year even if you are not a rubber fetishist. Come along to the Alert! party and save the date: Saturday 13th April 2019
You can buy tickets to that Alert! and indeed all of the Alert!s up to our February 2019 14th birthday party, via our online shop.
New Opening Times
We are moving the opening time back by half an hour to allow the venue to run events before Alert! so we will now open at 11pm as of this Saturday. We’ll try to stay open later though to make up for it.
We have some amazing photos from our Manchester Pride event in our gallery, so have a look and see if your photo made the edit. Thanks as ever to the very talented Ropewold Photography. (I’ve added a few below, to tease you but head over to the gallery to see them all.)
We are joined every month by UndergrounD, who provide an awesome pop-up shop selling all manner of goodies, from jocks and shorts to harnesses and poppers. Come along and check them out
You might also like to look out for a new brand that is making quite a stir, MachoMen – check out their website
They have some unique and interesting items, including some interesting harnesses, shorts and tops. This is a startup company but run by an Alert! attendee so, as with UndergrounD, we hope you will show them your love.
And of course, we have Alert! branded hoodies, polos and vests available through our own online shop
“Before I came to Alert! I thought it would be scary, and full on, but in fact, it was the most relaxed, attitude-free, fun night I have ever been to!”
“Never be afraid to try new things”
“Alert! enabled me to feel confident to take fetish out of the bedroom for the first time”
“All you have to be “Alert!” about is the fabulous guys and even better atmosphere to cruise & play!!!!”
“Alert! freed my inner fetish, for me, nothing can match what Alert! gives (and thanks for letting me be your bar bitch for 9 months best job EVER)”
“Alert! has allowed me to witness things that before only used to belong on a computer screen – thank you!”
“Alert!: simply a fantastic friendly night to explore your wicked side “
“With Alert!, I can be myself without worry and enjoy the company of like-minded men!!! Thank You Alert!!!!!”
“Alert! – Pervy Friends, Pervy Times. Pervect!”
Something for the weekend?
We have never thought of Alert! in isolation. It sits in a landscape of amazing venues, events, opportunities. Don’t just come to Alert!, instead, come and experience some of the wonderful people of Manchester and the world-renowned Gay Village.
At these times of not-so-slow gentrification of our gay spaces, it is all the more important to support as many of these enterprises as you can. The pubs won’t be able to stay gay-only if you don’t drink in them. The promoters won’t be able to afford venue hire if you don’t visit their nights. We all struggle to keep providing these spaces for you and we need your support and love more than ever to stand up to the tide or corporate giants and the increasing influx of straights.
If we turn our backs for just a few months we will find our Village is nothing more than hotels, houses, apartments and offices. Already far more of the Village has been sold off than people realise. But when the scaffold goes up and the bulldozers move in we will be left wondering what happened when our backs were turned. So please don’t just support Alert!but try to show your love to as many of the events as possible.
Collared Manchester is our latest event for guys in the north. With the same ethos as our London event, attitude and dress code free. Why not come along explore your fantasies, have some fun and make new friends.Collared Manchester runs from 6pm to 10:30pm on the first Saturday of the month at the Eagle.
The Eagle and The Black Eagle (the smaller backroom bar which remains men-only even through the week) are great places for pre- and post-Alert! drinks. They are open until late and are still within very easy walking distance of Alert! Look out for Eagle’s fetish events too, like Jock, their underwear party.
The Rem hosts a number of men-only fetish events and is one of the longest-running venues in the Village. It is the home of Beareoke – The Fun filled Karaoke and Entertainment night in the REM BAR for the BEARS…. Come sing a song or two or just enjoy a drink by the side of the Canal.
For many, the Rem is the very heart of Manchester’s Gay Village and they even have accommodation!
Look out for a host of events throughout the months for pups and their handlers – Animalz The UKs First and Only Furry Nightclub Held @ AlterEgo, Manchester. A Club for Fursuits, Pups, and anyone between. Star DJs, Great Facilities and a Fun Night!
Kennel Klub is certainly worth a visit. If you are looking for a welcoming, judgement free place to come and explore or learn about pup play then Kennel Klub is a great choice! Kennel Klub takes place in BarPop from 1pm on the first Saturday of every month. So add it to your weekend diary
MancsBound is a Bondage Group for Gay and Bi men based in Manchester. Skinhead, Leather, Rubber, Uniform, Workwear, Suits, Football & Rugby Kit, Lycra, Pups, Furries and more are welcome. MancsBound takes place on the third Friday of every month
Company Bar, welcomes all Gay men into Manchester with an atmosphere for all guys to enjoy, music from the all extremes depending on your requirements. The Black Eagle and Company Bar are the only men-only bars in the Village
Cruz 101 and Sub 101
Cruz 101 showcases a varied selection of nights with a music policy which ranges from disco to funky house, pop to trance, r’n’b to hard house….catering for everyone. Stunning decor, reasonable door & bar prices that certainly won’t break the bank, the best state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. Sub 101, the basement part of the venue, has a long history of holding and supporting fetish events
Collared Manchester happens every month in The Eagle, just before Alert!. With the same ethos as their well-established London parties, the event is attitude and dress code free. Why not go along explore your fantasies, have some fun and make new friends. Then head over to Alert! to carry on the excitement. Collared Manchester runs from 6pm to 10:30pm on the first Saturday of the month at the Eagle.
The Big Scrum
The Big Scrum falls almost always on the Friday before Alert! (but check their FaceBook page for the full diary) The UK’s biggest Sport kit club night! Like Men in Rugby & Sports kit? Like all you can drink free shots – until they’re gone, (so get there early)? Like an attitude free, fun, cheeky and horny club night? Then you’ll love The Big Scrum! Details below in our Featured Companion Event section
Manchester Gay Skins
The Manchester Gay Skins monthly social takes place every month at Alert! too, so there is always a contingent of horny guys in bleachers and boots and all skins are welcome to join in the fun. This is a non-political group of guys who love the skinhead look and want to see it flourish as a fetish in Manchester. Look out for the annual MGS Weekend (scheduled for February 2017) and load of other events happening through the year.
Manchester is overflowing with opportunities, regardless of what your particular fetish may be, but all of these events and venues can only stay open if you continue to support them.
Manchester Fetish Weekends
Many of these events are deliberately timed to fit around Alert! The Big Scrum, Kennel Klub, Collared and the MGS Social all fall on an Alert! weekend so why not really binge on a box set of fetish events?
The Big Scrum
If you are planning a full fetish weekend in Manchester around Alert! then for most of 2018 The Big Scrum falls on the Friday before Alert! on the Saturday.
What is the Big Scrum all about?
Think of being in the pub on a match day, Rugby or football…
The place is packed, there’s a great atmosphere and everybody is wearing the kit of their favourite team. Only down side, is you’re in a straight bar and you’re paying more attention to the guys looking quite hot in their Rugby/footie top!
The Big Scrum aims to take the great atmosphere, the hot gay men in kit and mix with a great venue. So GET YER KIT ON, get ready to play with some balls and get down to The Big Scrum.
Play Packs now available at Alert!
LGBT Foundation in partnership with MAC Aids Fund has developed ‘Play Packs’ for guys who are either hosting or engaging in group sex activities or chemsex.
We are delighted that we are now able to offer these to Alert! customers. We will have them available at Reception for you to take away with you. We will need to ask you to give us some basic demographic details simply for to meet the funding criteria but the packs are free.
The LGBT Foundation kindly supply all of the condoms and lube provided for free to Alert! customers either individually or packaged in handy pocket packs.
The Foundation offers a range of services either through its main building which is on Richmond Street or outreach services such as those provided at Alert! These include non-judgemental help, support and advice on safer sex, substance use, all matters concerning sexuality and even assistance with things as basic as financial, housing or relationship problems. They also offer rapid HIV testing, accompanied of course with support, counselling and access to medical services.
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The LGBT Foundation are open seven days a week, and you can contact them by email or telephone if you are unable to visit in person. They offer confidential help to our community and will treat you with empathy and respect if you need to use their services.
We want everyone to leave Alert! with only happy memories so please stay safe, stay sensible and stay smiling.
Please respect the privacy of others and keep your mobile phone in your bag or pocket. Nobody wants to hear your conversation and there may be people there who don’t want to appear in your selfie.
Alert! attracts people from all walks of life and some of our customers wish to keep their attendance at Alert! private.
You may think that it is harmless to take a picture of yourself or your friends, but what about the nervous guy just in the shot who isn’t yet comfortable with having his image published all over FaceBook? Even the light from a flash or the glow of a mobile phone screen can annoy people, and please NEVER use your phone for any reason in the darkrooms.
If you need to take a call please do so in Reception or outside the building.
We are joined at many of our events by our friends from UndergrounD who stock a wide range of toys, poppers, clothing and fetish paraphernalia, all priced below most of the local and online suppliers.
This is stock made exclusively available to Alert! customers so is an opportunity to bag a great bargain.
Included in the range (but by no means an exhaustive list) are:
So if you forgot to bring lube and want a tub of Crisco, or you think a new harness would be just the treat for your loved one then have a browse and see what tickles your fancy (or what you can use to tickle someone else’s!)
UndergrounD also carry a stock of our Alert! branded clothing (also available online) and if we don’t hold the exact size you want we can order it from the supplier for you to collect at the venue or have it sent by post.
We know that many of you live outside of Manchester City Centre and that hotel rooms can be expensive. There are a number of the usual hotels fairly close to our current venue, such as:
Bed and Breakfast
You may also consider using a service like Misterb&b – which aims to put you in touch with people who have B&B rooms available. There are a few local guys with rooms and they are often a lot cheaper than the hotels
Do you have a room (or even a sofabed) that you could make available to an Alert! customer? If so, let me know (email email@example.com) and if there are enough of you with spaces, I may look at setting up a local database to help connect you with people who need somewhere to stay.