KK’s Steel Mill, Star Works, Frederick Street, Wolverhampton WV2 4DU
The venue is in an old 40,000 sq ft car manufacturing workshop, built in 1903 and is a single open space with pitched roof with steel framework – now converted to a spacious venue and owned by KK Downing, founder member of Judas Priest.
The venue is situated to the south of the inner city ring road, in a small industrial estate with a few takeaways, a Costa Coffee in the retail park and a café-bar close to the venue. For pubs, you will need to go back into the city centre.
There is plenty of street parking nearby, along with a car park on Church Lane, just a couple of minute’s walk from the venue.
DO NOT be tempted to park in the retail park, or ALDI etc – they are monitored by parking companies and have a 2 hour limit – you will be fined!
Also, DO NOT park in the NCP car park at the Wulfrun Shopping Centre, as it closes at 10pm.
There are larger car parks on the other side of the Ring Road, just a 10 min walk from the venue – these are:
Nearest – Church Lane Car Park – WV2 4EJ (on Google Maps as being £2 a day)
NCP Church Street Car Park – WV2 4LW
RCP Parking (opposite Church St NCP) – WV2 4BA
NCP Summer Row Car Park – WV2 4LW
The venue is not well served by public transport – if you are arriving by train, it is an 18-20 minute, 1 mile walk from the station. Use Google Maps to plot your route, there are walkways and underpasses across the city that avoid you having to use the busy roads.
VIP and Show
As far as I’m aware, the timings will be the VIP soundcheck at 5pm (your email will give you more details of where and when to meet), with main doors at 6.30, local support at 7.45 and James onstage around 8.45 to 9pm.
Eat and Drink
There are lots of places within the city centre, a 10-15 minute walk north from the venue. There are pathways underneath the busy ring road, the nearest to the venue being at the corner of Church Lane and Pool Street.
Closer to the venue, there are some takeaways, an Indian Restaurant and Jack’s Café Bar, which serves food til 3pm and after 5pm and is also open til 2am if you want to have a few drinks after the gig.
Jack’s Café Bar – Frederick Street, WV2 4DU – http://www.jackscafeandbar.co.uk/
Indo-Chinese food, inc kebabs, chicken, pizzas and grills, with a good vegan/vegetarian selection
Desi Yew Tree, 44 Pool Street WV2 4HN – on Google Maps as a pub, but appears to be more of an Indian Restaurant now – https://www.desiyewtree.com/
Important Covid-19 information for access to the James show:
On entry adults aged 18 or over should be prepared to show, proof:
- That either you currently do not have Covid-19; or
- That you have had both doses of vaccinations and at least 14 days have passed since the date of your last vaccination; or
- That you have previously had Covid -19 within the last 6 months.
The accepted forms of proof for this are via:
- NHS COVID Pass, Via:
NHS App – please visit here for information.
If you are using this preferred form of proof but have not yet obtained your pass we advise you apply no later than 48 hours before attending the event to allow for your application to be processed in time. We also advise that this is stored within your phone so that it can be accessed offline and ready to show before arrival.
Letter – please visit here for information.
If you are using this form of proof but have not obtained your pass we advise you apply as soon as possible in advance of attending the event so that your application can be processed and letter be received in time.
- Non UK Resident proof of vaccination: Such as EU Digital Covid Pass or other digital or paper equivalents. If travelling from outside the UK, please ensure you are only visiting in line with any quarantine rules in place at the time of the event.
- Lateral flow or PCR negative test results text or e-mail, received within 24 hours of attending the event.
Masks are recommended although not legally required within the venue. We encourage you to wear a mask in the communal areas such as toilets and when queueing. Please just take care and be respectful of other fans & staff, especially at this strange time.
As far as we are aware, the band themselves, along with crew, are observing their own protocols throughout the tour, and will be keeping away from those not in their immediate ‘bubble’ – please respect this if you see them offstage!