A Mela is the perfect showcase to express Britain’s diverse and vibrant communities. With over 8 zones, there is something for everyone to enjoy!
Ola Sandwell & Birmingham Mela is the biggest Asian music festival in Europe. Music, dance, food and traditional arts and crafts bring the sights, sounds and spicy aromas of South Asia to Victoria Park, Smethwick on 20 & 21 July 2019.
We stage the biggest names in the UK and International Asian entertainment scene perform on the stages at the Mela!
Stall, trading and catering bookings now open! Apply now here
Tickets are available to purchase from the gates on the event days.
Weekend only tickets allow access to the arena for the Saturday and Sunday of the Mela. Day tickets allow access to the arena for the day purchased.
Tickets are £1 per person, per day and can be purchased from the gate on event days or online. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance.
Parking is available at Victoria Park, Smethwick. The cost of parking is £5 per car, per day and can be paid upon entrance. Car Park entrance is via High Street gate.
We have over 20 food stalls from all over the world that you can purchase from the Mela and enjoy in a Mela picnic style!
Ola Sandwell & Birmingham Mela is a family event. Our crowds are range from children, young adults, adults and elderly – we are all one big Mela family!
CARE AND SAFETY AT MELA
WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY
There are many of security, stewards and staff on duty, all of which wear our festival tabards. For any emergencies, locate a member of staff, who will be able to assist or locate the correct assistance.
If you need to contact the Metropolitan Police to report a non-emergency crime or to provide information on a crime while at the festival, please call 101.
If a serious or life-threatening crime is being committed, please contact a member of staff or police officer immediately. If in the unlikely event you cannot find someone, please call 999.
DRUG USE AND LEGAL HIGHS
Do not bring illegal drugs or ‘legal’/psychoactive substances to the festival. You may be ejected from the event and be handed over to the police.
The contents of legal highs are toxic, even plant-based ones. They are untested on humans and they do kill.
The use of any gas canisters or nitrous oxide (NOs) is banned across our entire festival site. If found with them, or using them, you will be evicted from the site immediately and potentially banned from other events promoted by Remarkable Events.
Ola Sandwell & Birmingham Mela takes place in Victoria Park, High Street, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 3NJ.
A map of the festival site, showing where everything is, will be published on the website.
Planning to come to the Mela by Cab? Why not use our official partner, Ola! Ola Cabs offers to book cabs nearby your location for best fares. For best taxi service at lowest fares, say Ola! Book a ride.
There is car park facilities at Victoria Park. Cost for parking is £5 per car per day and can be paid on entrance. Spaces are limited so we would recommend you get in early. The users of this car park do so at their own risk and The management will not accept liability for any accidents damage or loss incurred.
A number of National Rail services from Birmingham New Street stop near Victoria Park. The closest train station to Victoria Park is Rolfe Street, Smethwick. This is a 7 minute walk to the Mela.
Bus routes TBC all service Victoria Park.
WHERE TO STAY
Ola Sandwell & Birmingham Mela is not a camping festival.
Please check our official accommodation partner Clayton Hotel who have a number of accommodation options available and are offering special discounts to Mela goers!
DATES AND TIMES
Ola Sandwell & Birmingham Mela takes place on 20 – 21 July 2019 at Victoria Park, Smethwick.
Opening and Closing Hours
Gates open 11.30am.
Event starts 12.00pm.
Event finishes 7.00pm.
WHAT TO BRING/WHAT NOT TO BRING / THINGS TO REMEMBER
DO NOT BRING
FOOD & DRINK
You can take snacks and soft drinks into the festival for your own consumption provided that any soft drinks are held in unopened and sealed plastic or paper containers with a capacity of 500ml or less.
If you are bringing snacks and soft drinks, please do so in a carrier bag or small rucksack.
Please don’t bring any alcohol or glass containers/bottles of any sort.
EVENT TERMS & CONDITIONS
Please click here for the event terms and conditions.
Tickets for the Ola Sandwell & Birmingham Mela can be purchased at the gate on events days and online. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance, there are available online only.
ID FOR TICKETS
ID is always required to collect tickets at the box office.
The name on your ticket(s) will be that of the person who purchased them, these can be given to someone else and ID won’t be requested for this reason.
Find out more about our VIP village which includes meet and great*, luxury seating and more.
Victoria Park is a public park made up of mainly level grassed areas connected by tarmac paths. In extremely wet weather conditions wood chip or straw may be laid to assist access.
We will be able to confirm the distances across the site and from local transport points soon.
Flicker, laser, strobe lights, fireworks and other lighting effects may be used during some performances.
Partnerships / Sponsorship
Artist bookings and management