The National Exhibition Centre (NEC) is an exhibition centre in Solihull, near Birmingham, England. It is near junction 6 of the M42 motorway, and is adjacent to Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham International railway station. It has 21 interconnected halls, set in grounds of 628 acres (2.54 km²). It is the seventh largest exhibition centre in Europe.
The Genting Arena hosts large music concerts and is part of the NEC complex. The 11,000 capacity Genting Arena was the largest multi-purpose arena in the UK when opening in the mid-1980s and although no longer the largest it is still a popular venue for touring acts. Together, the NEC and the Arena host over 5 million visitors each year. Since the 1980s, it has hosted performances by many international musicians and music groups, several of which have played at the venue on more than one occasion.
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