What a weekend. This was my first MRM event organised by the amazing team and Slyhands at http://manchesterrubber.co.uk/ , and I very luckily got to spend most of it with @tazipup – having 2 leather Sirs, means I don’t normally frequent the rubber events, but it was still nice to see a lot of leather-men participating in the events around town as part of MRM6, after the dress code was relaxed.
My Friday started with arriving in Manchester after work and meeting Tazi who had offered to let me stay as I needed at the apartment he had rented over the weekend at Roomzzz. I can highly recommend this place, as its a stones-throw away from Canal street, and was just up the road from both main venues. Taz had already arrived and unpacked and the room had a nice smell of rubber before I opened up my large bag of every rubber item that I own! After a quick shower and a bite to eat, it was time to get changed into my first set of rubber for the weekend to head over to the REM to meet Sirs and then onto Alert! We were both in our skin gear for the first night, and it was my first outing of the rubber jeans I had bought from Latex101, which I love as they have pockets! Something of a rarity when wearing rubber.
The REM was full when we got there, but it was great to meet up with our friends and also meet a few new people for the first time. Alert! had the forethought to open earlier at 10pm, and this meant far less problems in the cloakroom department than last year. An email to everyone asking them to prepare also helped reduce the queue for bag-checking. The event wasn’t as busy as I remember the year before being, so it was good to have a little bit of breathing room, but that may just have been because of the reduced queueing that was going on around the entrance. The music was great as usual, and with loads of free shots available at the door, it was a great start to the weekend. Sirs headed home around 1, but me and Tazi stayed out partying till around 3, then headed back to the apartment.
I was a very lucky pup the following morning, as I realised just how much I had had to drink the previous night with a severe case of bangy-head syndrome. Fortunately paracetamol and bacon sarnies cooked on the stove by Taz sorted me out, and we got ready into our pup gear to go and meet Sirs in the Sackville Lounge for the markets and “Pup Pound”. A corner of the sackville had padded flooring down, a cage, and a plethora of toys to play with, and after a drink and settling in a bit (a few nuzzles were had first with Sirs as I was still suffering) we hit the marketplace first.
There were 3 or 4 vendors downstairs, including Latex101, the Kinksters and The Dogs Bollox. The lovely Neil Page was set up down there too to take photos of people on behalf of the lovely Invincible Rubber. The 1st purchase down there was of a puppy bone gag that I tried on Taz that he looked adorable in. I couldn’t resist buying it there and then, after seeing him in it – I should have shopped around given that the Kinksters had the same gags on their store for the same price, but it was an impulse purchase for obvious reasons when you look at the adorable pic he then had taken at the Invincible stand.
My 2nd purchase of the day had already been planned before getting there, and I picked up the electro chastity device I had preordered from the Kinksters and said hello to Dave and Mylo on the stall. I’ll post a review of when I’ve used this some more (and on myself) because I’ve only tormented Tazi with it later on that evening before we headed out for the night-time
We then headed upstairs after packing the purchases away so that we could use the pup space that had been provided. I don’t remember there being that many pups that came and played in the space. I soon got completely into headspace and was just happy investigating the toys and being used for what was like a game of buckaroo, aptly I called Puparoo! We played with Pup Barclay, and Pup Echo but as the bar started to get really busy for Sister Jacqui’s porno bingo at 3pm, we headed back to sofas and then got our eyes down for the first round. The bingo was a little disorganised to start, and it didn’t actually start until around 4.15pm but there was no rush I suppose. After the 1st round though Sirs stomachs had obviously started to feel hungry and so we were then dragged out to go and get something to eat with the gang. We’d met up with the lovely Tyke and @kinkbikerlad too, so a gang of us headed to an all-you-can-eat buffet for an hour to binge.
After the buffet, Sirs went back home but I headed back to the apartment with Taz to check out the previously mentioned chastity device, and to utilise the bedframe for some rope bondage time. I had intended to have a bit of a kip but time passed quickly and it was soon time to get ready for DarkCell.
We’d arranged to meet up with Moodybear and some other friends in the Eagle beforehand, before all heading to the event together in our rubber. It was good to be able to walk around Canal street in rubber gear, in my case my full pup gear and be with other people doing the same.
Billed as the the main event of the MRM weekend, the event was taking place in the Bangkok Bar andRestaurant on Princess Street. I hadn’t really expected much from an event to be held in a restaurant, but boy how wrong could I have been – and someone definitely did their homework in finding that place and holding a fetish event there.
**I had hoped that there would be some pics posted of the event I could include in the post, but as yet no event pictures have been published so I will add these at a later date should they appear.
A large private reception area had no queue to hand in your ticket, then led to a large bar area. Although it did resemble some of the fetish events held in hotel function rooms, the team had done their best to put up cargo netting and make sure all the TV screens were showing rubber based porn (which certainly set the mood for the event!) Down to the left and a few steps was a second bar and the cloak-room facilities, all manned by volunteers who had given up their time to make sure everyone’s night was enjoyable. It was nice to see Lanx there as one of the volunteers, but a pity he didn’t get chance to go and enjoy the evening.
The bar led to a dancefloor area, with one part covered in netting, which was meant to look like a maze or darkroom area, but you could plainly see through the netting, so i didn’t see many people actually go in there and use the area. Then behind that, the dancefloor area had a great set of DJ’s playing more hardcore dance music. This was definitely more to my taste than the eclectic mixes that are played in Alert, but I don’t recall staying around the dance floor area a great deal.
Behind the dancefloor area was a demo room, filled with equipment for people to to try out. The most popular feature of all was a rubber vaccuum cube where you could get inside, and then after the vacuum was appied, you were rotated. It looked hot as hell but the queue was always long all night but hats off to the guys who were willing to demo that and anyone that got into it would have had an experience they wont forget in a hurry (albeit a short one, coz i’d love to have something like that in the playroom and be kept in it for hours!)
There were a good set of flogging sessions going on too, with people getting an opportunity to use their skills. There was also a basement area, which was surprising to see and was laid out into 4 nice smallish rooms, with a shower for piss scene, some slings, large tyre (because it was a rubber event I assume), and cruising area. The only small criticism was that it was in no way a dark room as the lighting down there was higher than in the main bar area, which spoilt the atmosphere a bit, but was probably done on grounds of health and safety given the layout.
It was pretty late when we left, and the following morning we managed to have breakfast in the Tea Rooms, before I headed back to spend the afternoon with Darren before he headed back home. MRM6 was my first but definitely wont be the last event I attend, and thanks again to Taz for letting me stay and enjoy it right in the centre of it all.