AO Arena says Take That to crisis-hit Co-op Live

Co-op Live has had yet another setback as Take That become the latest act to move to the AO arena amid a series of technical issues.

The legendary pop group were preparing to bring their night of nostalgia to the event space on five dates next week but after 24 hours Co-op live announced the gigs will now be held at the rival arena. 

Posting on X, Take That said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we wanted to give our fans as much notice as possible.”

Controversially one of the dates for the local heroes concert have changed, with the gig on the 8th being moved to the 9th and now coinciding with local rail strikes. 

Manchester’s latest aspirational project, which cost £365 million, has failed to host a single event during its grand opening period recently cancelling American rapper A Boogie Wit da Hoodie just hours before the gig. 

Fans were left queuing outside the venue when a nozzle from an air conditioning unit fell from the roof just hours before the show began. 

In a statement put out on X Co-op Live said: “We are aware our actions have frustrated and angered ticket holders. 

“We know you’ve incurred significant disruption and we are finding a way to help make it right.”

A later announcement from the Oak View Group, which owns the arena stated they would take a “short pause” as they look to ensure the safety and security of fans and artists.

Inaugural act Peter Kay also had his opening night show called off after unforeseen technical issues. 

Keane and Olivia Rodrigo also had the venue moved to the AO, which has been open since 1995. 

Before the arena opened, former Co-op Live general Gary Roden said: “It’s going to be difficult for an artist to say, ‘Yeah, I’ve booked the arena that is 30 years old versus the arena that’s brand new.”

Take That’s June dates remain unaffected and Liam Gallagher’s homecoming gig is also expected to go ahead as planned. 

The venue is gearing up to welcome fans back in from May 14.

Feature image: Milly Harrison

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