Not too be confused with the NEC or the ICC, the NIA is located in Birmingham City Centre.
" The National Indoor Arena is one of the most sought after, and therefore busiest, large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in Europe. Since opening in 1991, millions visitors have enjoyed over 30 different sports and an extensive variety of entertainment and music."
The arena can seat up to 13,000 comfortably but due to flexible seating it can be adapted to any size.
Dress Code: None required. However may be dependant of the event in question.
A new venue for me, which I discovered in October 2000, was the Adrian Boult Hall, the home of the Birmingham Conservatory (ie the undergraduate music school of the University of Central England)
Carol and I went to hear a concert of Renaissance music by Purcell and Handel which turned out to be a near disaster because my car keys broke in the ignigtion as I was parking the car just before the concert.
In Summer of 2005 we have still not managed to re-visit the Adrian Boult Hall.
Cavernous venue for seeing live acts in Birmingham - seems like a lot of big name artists are playing here now, including Beck, The Gorillaz, Dido, Robert Plant, Primal Scream, Pap Roach and Groove Armada.
Dress Code: No dress code.
Another new venue for me, which I discovered in February 2001, was the CBSO Centre which is the main rehearshal hall of the CBSO Orchestra.
Carol and I went to hear and see a concert of Flamenco music and dancing.