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Frequently Asked Questions

SHOWTIMES / SUPPORTS ACTS:

Unless otherwise stated, doors will open at 7.00pm.

Full running times are only available on the day of the show, generally from 2.00pm onwards.  Please check with the Box Office (08444 777 677) or our Facebook and Twitter pages after this time.
We do not 'close' the doors at any point for a concert; some comedy shows will ask for latecomers to be held until a suitable break in the performance, so it is always best to arrive as early as possible for these events.

 
FOOD & DRINK:
Our Premises Licence states that patrons may not bring food into the venue. We allow small, sealed bottles of water only into the venue (be aware that security will remove the bottle tops upon entry).

SMOKING:
If and when it is safe to do so, our security staff set up a smoking area at the front of the building. Anyone who leaves the building via an alternative exit will not be allowed readmission. Anyone found smoking in the building will be ejected with no right of readmission.
Electronic cigarettes may not be used inside the venue.

 

AGE RESTRICTIONS:

There is no specific age restriction for the venue.  As guidance only, we would suggest that at standing shows, under 14s purchase a ticket in the Circle.

However, some artistes will specifically request an age restriction.  In these cases, any age restriction will be clearly displayed on all advertising / websites / ticket lines.

Children aged under 2 do not require a ticket.

 

BOX OFFICE:

The box office at the O2 Apollo Manchester is open from 5.00pm on event days only.
We accept postal bookings by cheque, postal order, Theatre Token and O2 voucher.  Payment made to Live Nation (Music) UK Ltd.

 

'TOUTS':

Please be aware that even when an event is sold out there is always a chance of extra tickets being released in advance of the show.  Unfortunately this is not guaranteed nor can we give timescales, but it is always advisable to keep checking with our official box office (08444 777 677), even up to the day of the event.

We strongly advise patrons NOT to pay well over the face value of the ticket.  If you have any doubts about websites claiming to have tickets for sold out shows please contact your local Citizen's Advice Bureau or the Office of Fair Trading.

 

CAR PARKS:

We have two official car parks immediately adjacent to the venue (Apsley Grove & Hyde Road).  These are supervised from 6.00pm until the end of the event and are priced at £5.00.  We strongly advise patrons not to use unofficial car parks, or on street parking.

 

VACANCIES / WORK EXPERIENCE:

We have a small team of full-time staff; any full-time vacancies will be advertised in the usual places. If you are interested in part-time, casual work in Front Of House or Security, please send us your CV.

Unfortunately, because of the nature of our business, we are either really busy or very quiet.  For this reason, we are unable to take on work experience students.

 

LOST PROPERTY:

If you believe you have lost an item in the venue please contact us after 1.00pm the following day (0161 273 7785 or o2apollomanchester@livenation.co.uk) with a full description. Items of value (mobile phones, passports, credit cards) will be passed to Longsight Police Station. Other items - such as clothing, umbrellas, empty handbags - will be kept for six weeks and then donated to charity.

CAMERAS
We have had lots of enquiries about camera policy recently, but there is no absolute answer. The venue will allow small, non-professional cameras in; however, the artist has the final say, so if they do not want any photography at all we have to comply with that. We always arrange secure storage if your camera is deemed inappropriate on the night.

BANNERS
The venue do not allow banners of any size, shape or material into the venue. When we have allowed them in the past we have received numerous complaints from patrons whose view is obstructed and have therefore decided not to allow any banners at all. This also applies to helium balloons.


INCLEMENT WEATHER / ILLNESS / SHOW CANCELLATIONS:
In the event that a show has to be cancelled due to inclement weather, illness or any other reason, your ticket agent will attempt to contact you if there is time to.  We will also post to our Facebook and Twitter pages.  Please check the Terms & Conditions of purchase.

LETTER OF AUTHORISATION:
If you purchased tickets but are not attending the event, you can nominate an individual to collect the ticket/s on your behalf.  Please refer to Ticketmaster's Customer Service section on Letters Of Authorisation.

 

CHARITY:

Live Nation supports Cancer Research; we have a number of in-house fundraising initiatives.  For this reason, we are unable to fulfil charity requests.
 

FANMAIL / BIRTHDAY REQUESTS / MEET & GREETS:
If you wish to send an act 'fan mail' please send it to our usual address, marked for their attention.  We pass all mail, unopened, on to the production team working with the act.  If your item has failed to arrive in time, we will mark it 'return to sender' and post back, unopened.  Please note that we never guarantee a response, nor will we chase production teams to return items.
In our experience, artistes tour well-rehearsed shows, with defined setlists which do not include birthday 'shout-outs'. For this reason we will no longer be passing on birthday messages.
The venue do not arrange 'meet & greets' or 'VIP' packages. We are aware that some artistes now sell packages which can include, for example, meet & greet, merchandise, soundcheck entry. If such packages are available to buy, they will be advertised on the artist's official website.

 

SUPPORT ACTS / MAIN ACTS:
We are not responsible for booking the acts and their supports.  Promoters and agents hire the venue for their acts.  If you are interested in a support slot, we suggest you contact promoters and/or agents directly.  The White Book is a useful reference guide.

PREGNANT / RECENTLY INJURED:
We are required to provide accessible facilities for disabled customers. Once we have fulfilled this obligation we will provide access on the day for anyone else who requires use of the facilities, subject to availability. We are unable to take advance bookings. This includes, though is not exclusive to, customers who are:
* Pregnant
* Recently injured
* Recently had an operation
* Elderly


HIRE ENQUIRIES:
If you are interested in hiring the venue, please provide full company details, along with a brief outline of the event.  Please be aware that we are a receiving venue only and do not conduct programming or seek out shows.

THERE ARE NUMBERS ON MY STANDING TICKET - DO I HAVE A SEAT?
When an event is standing downstairs (Stalls) and you have booked a Stalls ticket there will be a series of numbers on your ticket, and the letters GA (General Adminission). These numbers are just for administration and do not represent a seat or a particular space to stand in.

I HAVE NOT RECEIVED MY TICKETS
Please contact your ticket agent directly to discuss.
If you have booked through Ticketmaster, you can check back over previous bookings using the MyTicketmaster section. If you have requested TicketFast (tickets you print out at home) you may re-print them from there.
If you do not have a record of who you booked with, please check back through credit / debit card statements.

I AM UNABLE TO ATTEND - CAN THE VENUE RE-SELL MY TICKET?
When an event is sold out (please remember that extra tickets can be released, even on the day of the show), we will take tickets back for re-sale, provided that they match the following criteria:
* booked through Ticketmaster
* 'hard' tickets (ie not TicketFast)
* tickets can be returned to the venue ahead of the show
If your tickets are re-sold, you will receive your money back, minus £1.00 per ticket administration fee.
We offer no guarantees that tickets will be re-sold.

 

O2 PRIORITY / PRIORITY LOUNGE / PRIORITY QUEUE:

Jump the queue
O2 customers (and three of their friends) get fast track into the venue at most events. The O2 Priority queue will start to enter the venue up to one minute ahead of the main queue. Just show your O2 phone on entry.

O2 Priority Lounge

This blue haven is open most event nights (from doortime) and is exclusive to O2 customers. Sip a drink. And bring along three friends. Follow the signs and make your way to Level 3.

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