No, it is no longer a legal requirement for venues and events in England to use the NHS COVID Pass to show their COVID status – proof of full vaccination or negative test result.
Please always check our FAQs before your visit. Everything you need to know will be right here and essential updates will be sent to ticket bookers by email if there are any changes to shows and events.
Absolutely. Find out when we’re open by visiting our 'Contact' page.
So long as they’re available, that’s no problem at all. You can book with Ticketmaster or come to the venue in person, our box office opening hours are on our 'Contact' page. Club nights can be a bit different, though, so be sure to check with us.
We do indeed, but opening hours vary. Check our box office details on our 'Contact' page.
Annoying, we know, but it normally means that all tickets are gone. Keep an eye on the event though, occasionally a few become available nearer the time. Follow our various social media channels and event pages to get the announcements as soon as they happen.
As tempting as it might be to buy one, touted tickets don’t help fans, artists or venues – and there’s a chance it might be invalid which would mean we couldn’t let you in. So, sticking to reputable sellers is best for everyone.
Hard to say. If it’s not from a legitimate source, it could still be cancelled on the day of the show, so – and sorry if this sounds a little dull – we recommend sticking to the official outlets.
They’re allocated according to space, so depending on what you bought, you’ll have to stick to your assigned area. At some venues, if your ticket says ‘freeflow’ for example, you can move around to find your best spot. Just get in touch with your Ticket agent – that’s who you booked with if you’ve got any queries.
‘Fraid not. Refunds only apply to shows that get cancelled or rescheduled, so ‘I changed my mind about going’ or ‘they didn’t play my favourite song’ sadly isn’t going to cut it.
Every ticket agent will have different arrangements, but these normally cover the cost of fulfilling the order. Do check their individual FAQs for more detail.
At most of our venues, there’s a charge per ticket called a ‘venue restoration levy’. This levy assists in preserving these buildings and improving the audience and artist experiences.
If you’re concerned about wayward tickets, get in touch with your ticket agent and have all your booking details to hand. Don’t forget to check your spam folder as well.
Potentially, but it’s always best to check. Occasionally, some events might need you to prove with photo ID that you’re the person named on the actual ticket. If you’ve booked with Ticketmaster, ‘Ticket Transfer’ lets you sends tickets to a friend before the event, straight from your Ticketmaster account to theirs. Log into your Ticketmaster account to find our more.
Get in touch with whoever you booked with straight away – they can usually arrange replacements. Sadly, there’s not much the venue can do, though.
Get in touch with your ticket agent - that’s who you booked through – not the venue, ahead of the show you’re attending.
If that’s Ticketmaster - here’s how:
Ticketmaster – Contact
Ticketmaster – FAQs
Ticketmaster - Twitter CS
Ticketmaster - App
If you’ve booked with any other ticket agent, be sure to contact them directly and in advance.
Normally – but not always - balcony seats are unreserved so it’s a first-come, first-served affair. There is additional standing room in some circumstances, though. Always check your ticket information thoroughly, it will tell you everything you need to know.
It’s best to always check the door time on your ticket and on the event page of our website so you don’t miss out.
The stalls are downstairs in the auditorium.
We’ll have a limo waiting… Well, maybe not, but do check with the ticket agent when you book, and they will provide you with details of what’s included.
Your ticket agent will keep you posted on any venue changes etc. Otherwise, check our website for the latest updates.
We’ll plug them on our website and social channels, and you can check O2’s Priority page for the latest information. Everyone on O2 can buy Priority Tickets online or by downloading the Priority app or text PRIORITY to 2020.
Whenever possible, we’ll have a separate queue for O2 customers. Up to three of your mates can join you too. Our staff, and the O2 Angels, will help you or just look out for the Priority Queue banners at the entrance.
Yes, you can bring up to three people along with you even if they’re not on O2.
All sorts – visit our 'On O2' page to get the lowdown.
If you’re an O2 customer, you can use our cloakroom - one item per person - for free! If you haven’t got it, just search Priority in your app store, you’ll find the offer under ‘Offers’ or look out for an O2 Angel to tell you more.
It’s easy. Just go to the app store and download if for free for quick and easy access to Priority or text PRIORITY to 2020.
When you buy tickets through Barclaycard Entertainment, you’ll save 5% on tickets to selected events when you pay with your Barclaycard. Search for events here.
If that’s not enough, you can save 10% at the bar too at selected O2 Academy venues when you show and pay with your Barclaycard (exclusions apply – inc. Scotland where discounts on soft drinks only apply). Details here.
Yes, there is level access to most of our main auditoriums, and we work hard with Attitude Is Everything to continually improve access for all our customers. Just visit the Access page using the navigation bar for more information and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, just get in touch using the email address provided.
Give us a call or drop us an email using the information on our ‘Access’ page for more details on wheelchair-accessible spaces at shows.
Some of our box offices, but not all, have a mic, speaker, induction-loop system and lowered counters. Our staff will happily assist with anything they can, though, so best to check our ‘Access’ page of the venue you’re going to and find out what’s where at each of them.
We don’t have any parking at all, unfortunately. We do have full travel information and a guide to getting around the local area on our 'Access' pages.
As many of our venues are listed, many built in the early 1900s, we unfortunately do not have a lift service at all of them but do check our ‘Access’ page to find out what’s where at each of them.
There are toilets throughout the venue, and some of our venues have a dedicated, radar-key-accessible toilet, so please check our 'Access' page before you visit for more information. Staff will happily assist wherever possible.
Should you require braille or large print material, or you need anything else at all for your visit, please let us know if advance, just get in touch.
Absolutely – we’ll even supervise them on request. Check our ‘Access’ page for more details.
If you have an access requirement or question not included, then please visit out 'Contact' page to get in touch and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Yes, so it’s always best to check in advance as it can range from ‘14s and over’ to ‘under 14s must be accompanied by an adult’, to ‘strictly over 18s only’ and so on. Some of our venues have a seated balcony - so for anyone under 14, you’ll need to book those please. Anyone younger, especially 8 years and under, shows may not be advised, so please check the event information published thoroughly before you buy and if you’re not sure, just get in touch with the ticket agent you’re booking with to tell you more.
Sometimes, yes, but it depends on the event. So please check the age restrictions when you book.
If you are lucky enough to look under 25 (but are 25 or older) you may be asked for ID.
We prefer a full or provisional driver’s licence or a PASS card as ID, and a valid passport is fine. Any fake IDs will be confiscated, sorry.
Your ticket should state the time the doors open, and the website event page will always have the curfew – that’s the very latest time the event will finish. As for stage or performance times and the like, we don’t publish those (sorry), as all timings are subject to change. Security measures are in place, so travel light - no bags please, our policy is below - and have your tickets ready, so we can get you in as quick as we can.
We’ll always keep you up to date with door opening times and curfews, especially if they’re out of the ordinary for seasoned gig goers, but please don’t ask for stage times (sorry), we don’t publish those, as all timings are subject to change.
Short answer, no.
Security measures are in place with bag checks on arrival.
Only one small bag per person is permitted, and it must not be bigger than A4 size.
Large bags - including rucksacks - are not allowed and ticket holders will be refused entry.
There are no facilities to leave large bags or luggage.
If you really have to bring a bag – and it’s preferable you don’t – please do make sure its small.
We have a cloakroom where we charge a small fee per item (although O2 customers can use it for free, to find out how by visiting the 'On O2' page) but space is limited, so please travel light.
Obviously, the earlier you get there, the less busy it will be, but as long as you hold on to your ticket, it’s easy to get your stuff back. Please don’t come with all your worldly possessions. if you really have to bring a bag – and it’s preferable you don’t – please do make sure its small.
Check our ‘Bag Policy FAQ for details.
Try not to! If you do, you’ll have to wait until the end of the event to identify your things. If you do unfortunately lose something, all our lost property contact details are on our ‘Contact’ page.
Don’t worry, it happens. Just get in touch, check our ‘Contact’ page to find out how.
Sorry but no, and this includes chewing gum. We have bars, snack food and free drinking water available. Any bits you think you think you really need to bring for health purposes, just get in touch with our team before the show please.
Get in touch to see if we can help. Our ‘lost property’ section is in our 'Contact' page.
At the majority of our venues, we prefer contactless or card payment only right now.
London: At O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, O2 Academy Brixton and O2 Forum Kentish Town, our bars no longer accept cash, so it's contactless payments only for bars and cloakrooms please. You can still buy merchandise with cash or card.
Certainly not inside the venue – that’s the law! But staff will direct you to a dedicated smoking area and can advise on times it’s open from and to. Make sure you’re of legal age to do so, obviously.
‘Fraid not, but staff will direct you to a dedicated smoking area and can advise on times it’s open from and to. Make sure you’re of legal age to do so, obviously.
‘Fraid not, sorry. Crowd-surfing, drink-throwing, illegal smoking, and other such things are likely to result in us bidding you goodnight and ejecting you from the venue… and no you won’t get the cash back on your tickets, so try and enjoy yourself sensibly, ok?!
Not usually, but if you’re wearing head gear, football colours or some kind of mad fancy dress, you may be asked to take them off and store them in the cloakroom.
We prefer feedback from our audience than we do from our sound system so if you want to get in touch, check our ‘contact us’ page or ask a member of staff for the Duty Manager during a show.
It’s for your safety, and standard across most live events now.
Quite probably, but we’re happy to give out ear plugs if you ask for them. Just find a staff member during a show and our bar staff will have them too.
Any young children or adults should speak to a staff member or ask for the Duty Manager ahead of the show. Anyone bringing children should be responsible for protecting their little ears – staff will happily provide ear plugs on request.
Non-professional cameras if you must (no large lenses) but please don’t bring iPads, laptops or even selfie-sticks, because you’ll be asked to leave them in the cloakroom. Besides, it’s much more fun to enjoy the moment and not worry about social bragging rights.
Afraid not, generally, we don’t do ‘pass outs’ or re-admittance if you leave the building.
Most shows may use strobe lighting and smoke effects and there’s usually signage up to let you know. If this is an issue, please let a member of staff know.
Usually, yes. If a band has some, it will be on sale at the merchandise counter.
If you think it’s absolutely necessary for the hours you’ll be in the venue then by all means. It’s probably best to have a sealed package of your prescribed medication and make it known to the Duty Manager – especially if it contains sharp needles and the like and preferably ahead of the show you’re attending. If you have any special medical-related requirements, please do let us know in advance, too.
Be nice and don’t do anything stupid, basically. We reserve the right to refuse admission without a reason, so if you behave inappropriately in the queue, we might refuse you entry without a refund. Also be aware that in some cities, drinking alcohol in the street or on public transport is against the law.
Sorry, but backstage is mostly just crew ferrying stuff back and forth. If you do see ‘meet and greet’ tickets or somesuch on sale, do check the full details before you buy them.
Our 'Venue Info' section has all our details, click to find out more.
Always check travel before you head out, you can find out everything you know about our local transport links and the easiest way to get to us, on our 'Venue Info' page.
We strongly recommend using public transport whenever possible, but for details on local parking – we don’t have any - and other travel information click our 'Venue Info' page.
For tips on where to park your bike, visit our 'Venue Info' travel section.
We’re always after top-drawer staff to help run a great venue. Previous experience is useful, but not essential so if you’re interested in applying, just head to our 'Work With Us' page to find out more.
Yes. Our approach to sustainability is guided by the areas in which we can contribute and collaborate in reducing the environmental impact within our industry – an impact that comes primarily from transport to and from our venues, the energy it takes to power them, the waste they generate, the water we use and what we eat and drink when we’re in them.
There is plenty of work to do, of course, but we believe in transparency and open conversation as we increase our efforts to make changes to the way we operate.
To mitigate the impacts of plastic pollution our venues do not use virgin single-use plastic. Specifically - regarding our cups - often the most asked-about environmental concern, we are now using only those made from 80% recycled plastic* and we banned straws and drink stirrers from use in 2017.
To support the recycling industry and further reduce the amount of virgin plastic we use, all our bottled Life Water is made from 51% recycled plastic.
*40% post-consumer recycled plastic, 40% post-industrial regrind, 20% virgin plastic.