Lancashire Take That fans slam 'far worse' seats at rearranged AO Arena gigs

Furious Take That fans are up in arms after shelling out for top-tier tickets at the axed Co-op Live shows, only to be allocated what they claim are 'far worse' spots for the rescheduled Manchester performances.

The iconic pop group was set to grace the stage for five nights at the spanking new £365m venue last week. However, due to ongoing setbacks plaguing the venue, the concerts have been shifted to the AO Arena. Fans from Lancashire and elsewhere who splashed out for premium seating close to the action at the original venue are now voicing their displeasure at being repositioned towards the rear of the new location.

Burnley's Daniel Cairns, who purchased four tickets for Tuesday's concert at a steep £150 each, expressed his dissatisfaction. He told the M.E.N: "We were near the front to the side and at the end of the row because we have two elderly people with us. They were perfect seats."


"But when the email came through they have moved our tickets from right in the front to very back of the arena and near the floor. It's a bit of a mess.

"There's not even any mention of a refund. It's just like you get what you are given and be grateful we are putting it on.

"If they cannot guarantee like-for-like seats then they should have postponed the shows to a later date."

Superfan Gemma Palin said her seats are now 'far worse' than the ones she had booked for Tuesday night's gig and has complained to Ticketmaster. She said: "I'm sorry but I would rather have waited months to see them instead of different seats.

"I didn't buy a Ferrari and expect to get a Punto."

Fellow superfan Anita Morrissey-Booth has been to see than band more than 100 times and has tickets for four of their concerts this week. She said: "I'm going nearly every day.

"We paid £250 for tickets in block A, right at the front for one show, and they've moved us to block F. I was right by the stage, now we're going to be looking at tiny little figures.

"It's absolutely ridiculous. There's been the stress of it all moving in the first place and now this - it's disgusting.

"It's pretty much a like-for-like arena - it would have been easier to give us the same seats."

Jay Chippendale, from Urmston, paid £230 for two 'grade one' floor tickets for Tuesday's concert for his wife Natalie's birthday present. But now he says they've been given seats in block 107 in the stands.

He said: "It's not even close. It's like night and day. I bought expensive tickets because I wanted it to be nice experience for my wife's birthday.

"I can get a refund, but I don't want a refund - I want to see Take That in the seats I paid for. It's just really disappointing and we're both feeling a bit angry. They're taking the Mick really."

AO Arena general manager Jen Mitchell said: "We completely sympathise with the fans over the past few weeks. Ticketing providers are working incredibly hard to do what they can to allocate the best appropriate equivalent seats for upcoming shows, and to make sure fans are as well located as they can be based on original bookings.

"As a venue we don't manage ticketing. Our responsibility is to make sure everyone gets in and has a great, safe time on the night. And of course, we're really pleased to be able to host these shows at AO Arena and keep them in Manchester for fans over five massive nights."

"We advise fans to contact their ticket provider with any queries or issues."