Alert! is Manchester’s biggest and longest running monthly gay fetish night for those who prefer their clubbing with a bit more sleaze. With music provided by John Aggy, Lawerence Clarke, Jim Dusty & Pete Simpson our resigent DJ’s, and a range of guest DJs through the year, Alert! provides a safe, inclusive environment with plenty of dark spaces for you to explore your perversions.
We operate a membership scheme to ensure that only like-minded people get through the door, so you can be sure of a non-judgemental, friendly atmosphere in a great venue!
Our attendees don’t just come from the local area; we attract people from Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham and London as well as regular visitors from Ireland and the rest of Europe.
We give you a great opportunity to give your latest fetish gear an airing in a welcoming, social atmosphere full of horny men and the promise of a fantastic night.
We started out in the iconic Legends nightclub on Whitworth Street where we remained until December 2012. As Legends is due to be demolished in early 2013 we will move from January that year to Alter Ego on Princess Street where we will continue to provide great music, quiet areas for chat, dark corners to really get to know each other and some of the best bar prices in town!
We usually follow the pattern of the 4th Friday of every month, we do sometimes have to change dates. The most common time being at Christmas, where the holidays sometimes need a bit of alternative thinking. We always give plenty of notice of any changes.
We open our doors at 11pm, although many people congregate at The Eagle and other bars on Canal Street prior to coming in to Alert! We close around 4pm on the Saturday morning.
Anyone with a fetish interest; army/military, rubber, skinhead, scallies, leather, CP, S&M, Masters and slaves, puppies and owners… We cater for most fetishes. We also work with many other gay organisations in the city including the Manchester Skinhead Weekend, LGF, Manchester Runnermen as well as having a special relationship with the RoB shop and Basement Sauna.
We run a strict dress code, but we aim for this to be broad enough to cover a range of tastes and pockets! In general terms the dress code covers skinhead gear, leather, rubber, scally, sports kit, work-wear, military/uniform and Boots’ n’ Jock. We do turn people away who are not in dress code, regardless of their excuse, but it is fine to arrive in your ‘civvies’ as we have ample changing space and a staffed cloakroom for the safe storage of your street-wear. All we ask is that you make an effort and wear something appropriate to our event – after all, we ARE a fetish club! The full dress code is available here.
Because Manchester, with the gay Village and places like Canal Street, remains the focus of the gay fetish scene in the North West and has a history of supporting such activities going back many years. We recognise that many gay men have an interest in the fetish scene, but don’t want to travel to London to find a club where they can feel comfortable wearing fetish gear. Some people are new to the scene and want to find out what it is all about, but they don’t want to invest in expensive kit, or are nervous of travelling to the big London clubs. We also want to maintain Manchester’s tradition of supporting people on the fringes of mainstream gay life and encourage people to explore their fetishes in a safe, welcoming environment where you can all have fun. As it has grown, Alert! has become a central part of the fetish community where you can meet old friends and make new ones. Also, on a personal level, we run Alert! as the type of night WE would like to go to ourselves.