We used to be happy going to our local leather bar at the weekend. But boy, has that changed in the past ten years. The trend is to save your money and hit a big fetish circuit party once a month, usually overseas. And we are spoilt for choice! There are several to pick from each month – just see Alphatribe’s ever expanding calendar section. As well as the long-established events, there are many new ones. Some of the most popular are Palm Springs Leather Pride, Pig Week in Fort Lauderdale, Maspalomas Fetish Week, Amsterdam Leatherpride, Wet N Hot, Sleazy Madrid, Nice So Fetiche, and our favourite – Darklands in Antwerp. Distance, money, and time pressures mean you need to make choices. It is a great time to be a (rich) gay fetish player and traveller, but don’t forget your smaller local venues which need midweek visitors to stay afloat.