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A leather festival that’s right up our alley

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Its official name is the Up Your Alley Fair, but San Fran locals generally just refer to this event as Dore Alley.

First held in 1985, Dore Alley is an annual leather and fetish event held on the last Sunday of July. It’s run by the same organisation as the Folsom Street Fair which is held annually in September.

Niko Reeves at Dore Alley
Niko Reeves at Dore Alley | Photo: Darryl Pelletier (supplied)

In the services of Mainly Male, San Francisco local Niko Reeves pulled on his camouflage booty-shorts and combat boots to report from the front-line.

Dore Alley is described as Folsom Street Fair’s dirty little brother — is Dore Alley more of a pig-fest than Folsom?

Yes, Dore Alley is much more of a pig-fest than Folsom. The fair is like a preview before Folsom comes along, but it’s so fun. You see a lot of nudity, public sex, and of course leather.

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I got there early, and stayed until it closed. This is definitely something that everyone should try at least once. It’s a lot of fun.

How big of an event is Dore Alley?

I’ve been going to Dore Alley Fair for years, it’s getting bigger every year.

There are always thousands of people there — locals as well as tourists from around the world.

Who goes to Dore Alley?

As the event gets more popular, it’s attracting a lot of different types of guys — there’s a lot of hot daddies, and guys in leather. It’s a lot of men.

Niko Reeves at Dore Alley
Niko Reeves at Dore Alley | Photo: Darryl Pelletier (supplied)

Did you go to any of the parties that happen around Dore Alley?

It’s a big weekend for parties. I went to Powerhouse bar and chilled there for a while. I also went to The Eagle.

If I was planning a trip to San Fran, is it worth trying to include Dore Alley in my itinerary?

Yes — absolutely. Dore Alley is an experience of a lifetime. It’s a chance to wear all of the leather that you want, and also to see all the hotties wearing their leather. It’s at events like Dore Alley that you’ll make great memories.

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La Demence: hunt the bunny this Easter

From 19th to 21st of April, Brussels is the centre of one of Europe’s craziest gay parties.

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La Demence – one of Europe’s largest gay parties with almost 3 decades of existence – is back!

Wonderland is the motto for this edition of the iconic party that will take place in Brussels from 19th to 21st of April.

Some of Europe’s best Djs get together in two of Brussels hottest clubs – Fuse and Palais 12 – with darkrooms, condoms and lube aplenty.

It’s an explosion of colour, music and hot sexy guys.

Photo: La Demence

Here’s the line-up for the Easter edition:


Friday 19th April

Opening Party at Fuse

DJs

Level 1:
Andrei Stan (RO)
Steven Redant (ES)
Paul Heron (UK)
Ben Manson (FR)

Level 2:
Breizbear (BE)
Elias (ES)
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Mister Mola (BE)

Level 3:
Darling Peter (NL)
Kenne Perry (BE)

VJ AlexEtJeremy (NL)

Shows by Jean-Marie Desreux (FR)

Saturday 20th April

Main Party at Palais 12

DJs

Main Room:
Andy O’Kean (CH)
Andrei Stan (RO)
Steven Redant (ES)
Pagano (UK)
Chris Bekker (DE)

Upper Room (NEW!):
Kenne Perry (BE)
Skippo (DE)
Elias (ES)

VJ AlexEtJeremy (NL)

Shows by Jean-Marie Desreux (FR)

Sunday 21st April

Closing Party at Fuse

DJs

Level 1:
Andrei Stan (RO)
Sebastien Triumph (FR)
Kenne Perry (BE)
John Dixon (FR)

Level 2:
Breizbear (BE)
Elias (ES)
D’Alessandro (IT)
Steven Redant (ES)

Level 3:
Jo (disco set) (BE)
Bernard Gavilan (BE)

VJ AlexEtJeremy (NL)

Shows by Jean-Marie Desreux (FR)


Three nights, three parties! Ready to go through the looking glass?

Buy your tickets for La Demence before they are sold out!


Photo: La Demence

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