Co-op Live announces opening delayed again, more gigs pulled and issues 'sincere apology' to fans

Co-op Live has delayed its opening -Credit:ABNM Photography
Co-op Live has delayed its opening -Credit:ABNM Photography

Co-op Live bosses have announced a further delay to its opening season - and offered "sincere apologies" to all ticketholders who have faced disruption so far. They will take a "short pause" to "fully ensure the safety and security of fans" after a piece of air conditioning unit fell from the ceiling before Wednesday's opening night show.

The planned opening show from A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie was cancelled just 20 minutes before it was due to start. Devastated fans were left in tears outside - and the gig has now been rescheduled to take place at the AO Arena in Manchester on Saturday, May 4 instead.

It was swiftly followed by news that the Olivia Rodrigo gigs on Friday, May 3 and Saturday May 4 were being pulled, while the Keane show on Sunday, May 5 was also postponed.

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But there was some good news for Take That fans - as promoters have been able to move their gigs due next week at Co-op Live to go ahead at Manchester's AO Arena instead.

Now, Co-op Live bosses have said they should be ready to open for their first gig to take place on May 14 - when Bury rock heroes Elbow will play their homecoming show.

A statement from Co-op Live released tonight said: "Following the events that led to the cancelled A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie show on 1 May, we have decided to take a short pause to events at Co-op Live to fully ensure the safety and security of fans and artists visiting the venue. This time will allow for an independent inspection of all elements of the arena ceiling."

They have said they have worked with promoters to "limit the impact on fans, keeping as many shows as possible in Manchester".

Co-op Live is located next to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium
Co-op Live is located next to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium -Credit:PA

The following events will be affected:

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – 1 May 2024 | Venue and date change

Olivia Rodrigo – 3 and 4 May 2024 | Postponed – new dates to be announced

Keane - 5 May 2024 | Postponed – new dates to be announced

Take That - 7, 8 and 10, 11, 12 May 2024 | Venue change and one date change - Note, Take That’s June dates remain unaffected

They added: "We are aware our actions have frustrated and angered ticket holders. We know you’ve incurred significant disruption, and are finding a way to help make it right.

"We are taking the pause to think about the best ways to do that. Our naming rights partner, the Co-op Group, has also expressed the importance of ensuring that the significant impact on ticketholders is recognised and addressed, with more detail to follow soon."

Chaos at the opening gig -Credit:Sean Hansford | Manchester Evening News
Chaos at the opening gig -Credit:Sean Hansford | Manchester Evening News

They have advised that ticket holders for each event will be contacted by their point of purchase, and refunds will be available if preferred. They have added that "At this time, we do not expect further impact on our opening season."

Tim Leiweke, Chairman and CEO, Oak View Group adds: "As many of you will know, it’s not been the smooth start we had planned for, and I know that has caused a huge amount of disruption and frustration to thousands of people.

"On behalf of all of us at Oak View Group, I’d like to express my sincere apologies to all those that have been affected. We understand that there is work to be done to rebuild your trust in us. This starts now and at the request of the naming rights partner, The Co-op Group, we will be addressing impact on affected ticket holders, details of which will be shared soon.

"I’d like to reiterate my sincerest apologies to everyone that has been affected by the delays around the opening of Co-op Live. The team here is working incredibly hard to get the building up and running, and we look forward to welcoming you to the arena from 14 May 2024."