LeatherWest’s features writer Chris Malford talks to James and the organising team
behind Bristol Fetish Crew, who are about to launch regular fetish nights with opportunities
for Leathermen at their very own venue in the centre of Bristol.
Billed as a “pioneering new private members club” hits the Bristol circuit at Easter, opening with a launch party SiN on Easter Saturday.
BFC will be running men only events, aiming to be ‘play parties’ rather than ‘club nights’ where the emphasis is on play, mutual respect, fun, socialising and a place where an ‘attitude’ will be frowned upon.
The team is certainly ambitious, looking at the messages appearing almost daily on their Facebook and and with some great too. “We’re setting a new benchmark for quality and style”, says James Rennie, one of the team behind BFC.
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The new venue, the location still a secret (despite LeatherWest’s best efforts to
prise it out of BFC), is located some 10 minutes walk from the Old Market Quarter.
Unit 35 will boasts two airy arches with large and ample play areas with a dungeon
theme, changing rooms, relaxing bar area and chill out spaces. “Owning our own venue
allows us to be flexible with the space we have. By listening to what our members
want and like we can react quickly.”
Looking after the members seems to be uppermost in James’ mind, adding: “ We want our members to have a high quality experience with well-
And for local leathermen? Does BFC’s Unit 35 provide a new permanent venue to add to leather life in Bristol?
Learning that James was once the manager at
Since leaving The Colherne, James has worked organising and promoting fetish events in Australia and California. Arriving in Bristol he spotted an opportunity to develop a venue safe from leasehold changes and provide a permanent home to launch and develop a venue to provide “a safe and comfortable environment for the the fetish community in Bristol”.
Certainly the launch of BFC’s Unit 54 is a big vote of confidence in Bristol as a growing fetish destination, “There’s certainly potential here as a big regional hub. We saw what happened a the BLUF launch in October. You can sense a growing confidence in the Leather men’s community here.”
Grinning now, James adds, “There’s a lot of full leather tops and bosses about and already we know of plenty of leather lads in their chaps licking their lips of meeting these sort of guys in an environment like ours, with the dungeon and leather equipment leather guys should expect. Our venue will at last provide an environment to relearn the art of cruising.”
BFC report that they are getting enquiries from outside the region, with some keen interest from London. This is an emerging trend that started last year. A permanent venue like Unit 35 gives local leathermen more confidence to get up, gear-
BFC is a men only members only club. You’ll need to . Tickets for events will only be available by purchase via the BFC website. Entry is between 10pm and midnight on the night. There’s ample free, safe and well lit parking with a large covered, private outdoor social and smoke area.
In conjunction with Bristol Fetish Crew, we’re pleased to announce a limited number of BFC memberships at a specially discounted price of £10 (from the usual £20 per annum) for LeatherWest supporters.
To qualify for the free draw, you must be registered at LeatherWest’s