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Top 10 tips for Darklands

Darklands (previously known as Leather & Fetishpride Belgium) is now the biggest multi-day gay event in Europe. As the event enters its second decade in March 2020, there will be a huge array of new additions and attractions. It’s not to be missed!

The success of Darklands is based on the unique concept of having everything under one massive roof. Whether it’s the daytime attractions of the market and stage entertainment, the evening club nights with mega darkrooms, or the bars, eateries, and other facilities you need – almost everything happens there. You only need to go back to your hotel to sleep with your head on the chest of your new best friend/s, and stock up on clean socks. The Darklands venue is the size of Madison Square Gardens or Wembley Stadium, making it the world’s largest gay fetish dungeon. And there are thousands of hung guys, all looking to release some bodily fluids. Seasoned Darklands visitors know what to expect – but even they will be surprised in 2020. For the Darklands’ virgin, here’s a guide to the top 10 things you have to see. (And if you really are a virgin, don’t expect it to last past the first night. And if it does, just pop along to the Alphatribe booth and we will sort that out for you!)

#1 The Venue

It’s massive! Although we have been to every previous edition, the layout and format changes every year. For the best info, grab a copy of the massive guide. At 130 pages, it’s the biggest for any gay event anywhere. You can usually pick up a copy from September at Folsom Europe in Berlin and at most fetish venues worldwide. Every year the team build on the previous event and supersize everything. In 2020 we expect such a large main stage U2 or Coldplay would find daunting. There’ll be a larger darkroom, more market stands, more attractions, more culture, more ass… Even though there are other things to see and do in Antwerp over the Darklands weekend, you will find yourself at the venue almost all the time. That’s not a problem as everything you need is there. You can shower, douche, eat, drink, network, socialise, dance, fuck, and shop at any time, day or night. Hire a locker so you can bring a change of fetish gear to slip into as your mood changes through each mega session.


Written by Paul Stag

Paul is an international porn star and a long time editor for Alphatribe magazine.


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