Take That cancel Co-op Live shows as opening night delayed again

General view during Co-op Live
General view during Co-op Live -Credit:Getty Images for Co-op Live

Take That have announced changes to their May gigs amid ongoing technical difficulties at the Co-op Live arena.

American rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie was set to open the £365m venue last night (Wed) but the gig was cancelled just hours before he was due to perform. It is the third time the venue's opening has been delayed with performances from Peter Kay and The Black Keys also having to be rescheduled.

Last night, bosses revealed that a nozzle from the ventilation and air conditioning system fell to the ground from the ceiling shortly before the gig. The incident has caused a number of acts, that were set to perform at the brand-new arena, to cancel or reschedule shows - including Olivia Rodrigo's Friday and Saturday night shows.

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Following the news, Take That have tonight (May 2) announced that they will be moving most of their shows from the Co-op Live to the AO Arena, however one show is due to be rescheduled. They announced the news in a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The statement read: "Given the ongoing technical issues around the opening of Co-op Live we have taken the difficult decision to move our May shows to the AO Arena where we have enjoyed many great nights over the years. This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we wanted to give our fans as much notice as possible.

"We're mindful many of you will already have travel and accommodation plans in place, so we have chosen this option to minimise inconvenience to as many people as possible.

"Our dates in June in Manchester remain unaffected.

"All bookings will be transferred to the new venue as below and, except for Wednesday 8th May, we are pleased to say that all the dates remain the same...We thank you for understanding and we'll see you all soon."

Here is a full list of all the shows affected:

  • Tuesday, May 7, now at AO Arena

  • Wednesday, May 8, date to be changed

  • Thursday, May 9, now at AO Arena

  • Friday, May 10, now at AO Arena

  • Saturday, May 11, now at AO Arena

  • Sunday, May 12, now at AO Arena

A spokesperson for Take That has advised ticked providers will be in touch directly to manage ticket changes and queries.

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