UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro And Mickey
O2 Academy Birmingham
O2 Academy Birmingham, 16-18 Horsefair, Bristol Street, Birmingham, B1 1DB
Book Tickets: Box Office Opening Hours: 12-4pm Monday Friday 11-4pm Saturday Closed Sunday Opening times may vary during public holidays please see www.facebook.co.uk/o2academybirmingham for announcements. When the box office is closed tickets can be bought online or over the phone with our primary ticket agent: Ticketweb on 08444 77 2000. About AMG invested 5.5m in its latest 45,000sq ft development, three state of the art venues that can operate independently as well as simultaneously. With an exceptionally busy diary, O2 Academy Birmingham actively supports new and developing talent in O2 Academy2 and O2 Academy 3, through to gigs by top international artists for over 3,000 fans in its main auditorium. Contact Us Book tickets: 0844 477 2000 (24 Hr) Venue information and Box Office: 0121 622 8250 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Academy Music Group information: For recruitment, visit Academy Music Group For press please email email@example.com For marketing and partnerships please email firstname.lastname@example.org Disabled Access Bookings: Please email email@example.com with your access requirements and the show you wish to see in order to make a booking. All e-mails will be responded to within 2 working days. Spaces may be limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis and you must book directly through the venue to ensure access. You can also contact the box office through text relay www.textrelay.org.uk should this be required. Details of nearby accessible hotels, bars and restaurants can be found on this website. www.directenquiries.com Age Restrictions Gigs: The minimum age is 8 unless with written permission from venue management. Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. Clubs: Strictly over 18s (Photographic ID may be required)
Birmingham New St is the nearest train station and is an accessible station. It is approximately ten minutes walk from O2 Academy Birmingham.
The nearest bus stop is approximately 50m from the entrance to the venue on Bristol St. The following buses stop at this stop: 61, 63, X62, X64. There is also a stop on the opposite side of the road but as Bristol St is a triple carriageway, there is an accessible subway that must be used in order to cross the road to get to the venue. The following buses stop across the road: 61, 63, 886, X62, X64. Full details of bus services can be found at nxbus.co.uk
There is no dedicated parking at O2 Academy Birmingham. There is an extremely limited number of on street parking spaces on Irving St just behind the venue. Alternatively please see www.o2academybirmingham.co.uk/info for full details of local car parks and public transport.
Access Booking Tickets To book tickets for O2 Academy Birmingham: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your access requirements and the show you wish to see in order to make a booking. All e-mails will be responded to within 2 working days. Spaces may be limited and will be sold on a first come first served basis and you must book directly through the venue to ensure access. You can also contact the box office through text relay www.textrelay.org.uk should this be required. Companion / Carer Ticket This venue offers one free companion ticket which will be arranged by the venue when booking tickets. These are limited in availability so please ensure you contact the venue as soon as possible to arrange. Companion / carer ticket holders should be able to meet the needs and assist the person they are accompanying in the event of an emergency. Braille Braille information sheets are available on request please email email@example.com or call 0121 622 8250. Arriving at the Venue We recommend arriving at the venue 10 - 15 minutes prior to the doors opening as disabled patrons are invited to enter the venue first. The door time will be stated on the tickets or confirmations. Please try to arrive at the venue no later than 60 minutes after the doors open. On arrival please go to the front of the queue and present your confirmation e-mail to security or box office staff. All box offices are at an accessible height. We currently do not have induction loops fitted at the box offices. Strobe Lighting Flashing and strobe lighting is likely to be used at all shows but may vary in intensity and frequency. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information relating to specific shows. Accessible Area & Facilities O2 Academy1: The accessible area in O2 Academy1 is located on stage right of the balcony, which is accessed by lift from the outside entrance marked Stalls. The area can accommodate up to approximately six wheelchair users with up to six companion seats but the capacity can vary according to the requirements of the customers attending. The platform is behind two rows of seating and is raised to provide a clear view for all wheelchair patrons. O2 Academy Birmingham operate a no-standing policy in the seated balcony area, but the view from this platform can be obscured if customers seated directly in front of the platform choose to stand. Venue staff will enforce the no-standing policy vigilantly for the benefit of our wheelchair patrons, but the venue cannot accept responsibility for any problems caused by patrons standing in front of the platform due to circumstances beyond our control. There is an accessible toilet in O2 Academy1 that is accessed by radar key. There is a lowered section to the bar that is accessible for wheelchair users. In the event of this bar being closed bar staff from an alternative bar will attend the disabled viewing area to take drinks orders throughout the night. Merchandise is sold in the stalls area of O2 Academy1, and all customers are permitted access to the stalls area after the show. The stalls area is accessible by lift from the balcony. Disabled access customers will need to notify security staff that they wish to purchase merchandise at the end of the show so they can be taken into the stalls area.
Performing: UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro And Mickey
Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult. We cannot issue refunds to under 14s who are not accompanied by an adult.
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UB40 are Britain's greatest reggae artists and have survived more than 30 years in the music business and have clocked up more than 40 million record sales worldwide with songs like Kingston Town and Red, Red Wine.
The summer of 1978 saw the eight members of the Birmingham band, soon to become UB40, drawn together by their love of Jamaican reggae. Taking their name from a notorious British unemployment form, the band played their first local gig in Birmingham in 1979, and spent the rest of the year performing at pubs and clubs around the UK. British radio legend John Peel was so impressed with the group's first demo tape that he invited them to perform on his Radio One show in 1980. At the same time, the band were also asked to support The Pretenders on their triumphant national tour. They released a Top 5 single in the UK in February 1980 and, in 1981, released a brace of albums, 'Present Arms' and 'Present Arms In Dub'. Their breakthrough came with the hit single, 'Red, Red Wine'. The song topped the British singles charts in 1983 and, after renewed promotion following the 1988 Nelson Mandela Concert at Wembley, the single reached the number 1 spot in the US.
The band's initial line up lasted for 30 years from the band's formation in 1978 until front-man Ali Campbell's departure from the band in 2008. Since that time, two other founding members (Mickey Virtue and Astro) have also left the band, and the trio of Campbell, Virtue, and Astro have since formed UB40 Reunited.
These three founding members are now embarking on a huge world tour, which the fans have been crying out for, playing all the hits and new tracks from the forthcoming album, which will be released later in 2014.
UB40 will play O2 Academy Birmingham, The IndigO2 in London and Manchester Academy in December.
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