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
Why do you have a membership policy?
Because Alert! is an adult fetish night we need to ensure that all the attendees recognise the nature of the event and are bound by our Terms and Conditions. Asking you to become a member allows us to ensure that you have been made aware of these Terms and that you are suitably disposed towards the fetish community. Membership also helps us prevent ‘undesirable’ people wandering in off the street.
Can I apply for membership on the night?
If you are an infrequent visitor to Alert! you can purchase a temporary membership for a single event, on the night, for £2. You will, however, need to comply with the dress code and follow the Terms and Conditions that apply to all our visitors. Temporary membership does not entitle you to the discounts and privileges of full membership, as detailed in our Membership Offers section. You can buy a full membership card online (here) or at the Manworx shop. We may have a limited number of membership cards available on the night at the venue but we cannot always guarantee this.
I just paid for membership online but I am concerned that my card may not arrive before the next Alert! Will you still let me in?
Cards are no longer posted out unless you contact us ([email protected]) to ask us to do so. There may be a charge for this. Normally we would expect to have the cards ready for collection at the next event. Yes, providing you bring your PayPal receipt as proof that you have bought a membership card. Your PayPal receipt can also be used as proof of membership if you lose your card or want to buy something from the Manworx shop before you have collected the membership card from the venue.
Is there a yearly renewal?
No, you only pay once for the card.
What if I lose or damage my card?
You will need to buy a new one (online here) or from the Manworx Shop. Because we charge so little for the membership cards and do not have an annual renewal policy we are unable to provide replacement cards at a reduced price.
I have forgotten my card will I get the membership benefits?
We always advise that you should ensure you have your card available at event entry, or show it if you are claiming any of our Membership Offers (eg at Manworx). If you have lost or forgotten your card, you can purchase a temporary membership on a per-event basis, as we have no way of checking your details in the club. We will however also take a printout of your PayPal receipt as proof of membership so make sure you keep a copy! The RoB shop in Manchester will also take PayPal receipts as proof of membership if you want to claim your discount in the shop.
Does having a card guarantee entry?
No, having a membership card will not guarantee entry to any event. You must still abide by the dress code detailed here.
My friends do not have a membership card will they still get in?
Changes to membership conditions
We will always publish our current Terms and Conditions here and we reserve the right to change these without warning (for example if there is a change in the law or additional stipulations imposed upon us by a venue).
At present we do not offer annual renewals and a membership card lasts for as long as you have it, however, we reserve the right to recall these cards and implement an alternative system in the future. We will always try to make any such changes in a fair and equitable manner.
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!
Other Helpful Information
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]