Personal Safety

SECURITY

  • Security teams will be for the perimeter, arena, backstage and offsite security.
  • Visible security presence on the perimeter and entrances from the festival on site build, and onwards, the new security coordinators will oversee and manage all relevant companies and any operational activity.  
  • Ola Sandwell & Birmingham Mela have a new pre-agreed eviction policy with the police in place.
  • Please note everyone attending the event will be required to undergo body and bag searches as a condition of entry. We reserve the right to refuse admittance to any person who refuses to be searched by a steward or other person acting on their behalf. Please be advised that you may have to queue upon entry so we ask that you are patient – these plans are in place to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable event.

CARE AND SAFETY AT MELA

  • Decide on a meeting point with your friends. Choose a time and place to meet up later in case you get separated from each other.
  • Learn the layout of the site so you can easily find toilets and stewards. 
  • Keep your phone charged in case you’re separated from your friends.
  • Stay hydrated. 
  • Festival stewards are here to help you. Don’t be worried about asking for help in any situation, whether it’s asking for directions or to report something or someone you’re worried about.
  • Don’t leave valuables like your phone, purse or car keys in your tent or unattended vehicles. Lockers are available to rent to store your belongings.

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.

Travel Info

MELA LOCATION

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.

CAB

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.

CAR

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. 

TRAIN

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

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! 

Event Info

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

  • Your ticket if you have purchased in advance.
  • Clothes for any weather eventuality – hat, sunglasses, rainwear, warm clothing
  • Sunscreen
  • Bring enough cash (somewhere to keep it safe).
  • Medication – if you need to bring medication, we recommend bringing a doctor’s note or a prescription for it. Please be understanding if we question what you’re bringing in as it is important to prevent drugs being brought into the festival.
  • Remember to tell your friends of any allergies you have.
  • Check out the latest weather before you leave

DO NOT BRING

  • Illegal substances & legal highs (inc. nitrous oxide)
  • Alchohol 
  • Standard compact cameras will be permitted, though you will not be able to take in a camera with a lens longer than 6 inches. Video cameras are not permitted on site. (We will not stop you bringing in phones that take photos and video).
  • Food hampers/cool bags/boxes and alcohol – please scroll to food and drink below for information of what you can bring
  • Glass bottles or containers.
  • Offensive weapons or anything that may be considered offensive.
  • Pyrotechnics or fireworks; distress flares & flares; smoke bombs.
  • Laser pens.
  • Chinese lanterns.
  • Tables; chairs of any sort, including stools, floor seating and shooting sticks; gazebos and parasols
  • Barbecues or any kind of cooking apparatus.
  • Large (golf) umbrellas.
  • Bicycles, scooters, skates
  • Drones

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

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. 

VIP TICKETS

Find out more about our VIP village which includes meet and great*, luxury seating and more. 

Pricing

Accessibility

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.