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Village Round-Up

Wayne Clews gets bitter about Pride and excited by a shuttlecock

Published on September 5th 2008.

Village Round-Up

Some misguided souls may have thought that all this Manchester Pride business was behind us for another year. Some of us might even be grateful to consign it to the dustbin of our memories having watched with bemusement as, in my humble opinion, heavy-handed security staff manhandled my boyfriend out of the Gay Village on the opening night of the Big Weekend for, apparently, taking pictures of heavy-handed security staff. He was then forced to delete his photos, have his wristband removed and warned not to come back. So we spent much of Pride simmering with disgruntlement, but I digress.

Anyway, the last gasp of this year’s festival is the Pride Games running from September 7-14 at various venues across Manchester and Salford . The games kick off with a charity run in Alexandra Park, Moss Side on Sunday before launching into a week of taster events where people can try their hands at a variety of sports including athletics, badminton, squash and water polo. For many gay men in particular, Pride Games represents a chance to get over those hideous childhood memories of being the last to be picked for any team in those musty old school PE lessons.

The week of sporting shenanigans culminates in a 10km run against homophobia in sport at Salford Watersports Centre on Sunday 14 September followed by an intriguingly named Bell Boat Regatta. So if you fancy flicking a shuttlecock or hobbling round Salford Quays in aid of a good cause, visit www.pridegames.org for full details on how to register and to see the full calendar of events. As for me, well, I’ll be in the bar…


Back To School
Vanilla, September 12, 8pm-late
The Vanilla prefects will be on hand to teach you how to party like a big girl, apparently. It’s free entry for anyone in school uniform and getting caned is certainly on the cards with a host of cheap drinks on offer.

Lord Arthur’s Bed
The Lowry, September 11-12, 7.45pm
Theatre North present a new play about the lives of gay men. In 2008, two city slickers are about to celebrate their civil partnership, meanwhile in 1868 a farcical trial is about to grip the nation following Ernest’s ‘marriage’ to a lord. Raw, powerful and dramatic, this play is well worth catching.

Military Bender
Essential, September 13, 11pm-6am
Another themed night and this time it’s a chance to dust off your fatigues, slip on a helmet and pretend you’re a battle hardened veteran of some war or other.

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FrankSeptember 5th 2008.

If you imagine how many a*seholes they encounter each day/night over pride I think you would start to get narked with people, but that surely means no reason to be mis-treated or arrogant but then again we all get like that when we are having a bad day - I had no problems with the door staff anywhere, maybe you guys were just unfortunateAlso for any lesbians out there Gen-e-sis which is an excellent lesbian night is on on Friday 12th at Legends on Whitworth street - 4 top DJ's and excellent drinks offers/entrance fee!

ChrisSeptember 5th 2008.

Something really does need to be done about the security staff and door staff at Pride. Whilst we managed to get into the Village we only needed to get as far as Baa Bar before we stumbled across the first bunch of power-tripping door staff. We only wanted to go into Baa Bar because it was close to the main stage and wouldn't normally have bothered, but when we got to the door - where there was nobody else, i.e. none, i.e. zero, i.e. nil waiting to get in, we were aggressively told to queue behind a crash barrier!Needless to say where we told them they could stick their crash barrier and we took our money elsewhere.Turned out for the best though as it resulted in us discovering the bottle of wine for £6.50 offer at Bar Below where the service was fantastic.Come on Pride organisers (and Village venues), at least give a moment's thought to how the people you're employing to 'greet' visitors are required to behave and to the impression they are giving of Manchester to the thousands of visitors they will encounter.

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