Co-op wants “full explanation” over latest Co-op Live setback

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Co-op is set for crunch talks with Co-op Live’s operator after expressing its “shock” at the disruption caused by the £365m venue’s latest setback.

Oak View Group’s Manchester arena last night cancelled A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s show over safety concerns just minutes before the doors were due to open for its opening night. It was the venue’s third attempt at an official opening after shows featuring Peter Kay and The Black Keys were pulled last week.

Co-op Live has now also postponed this weekend’s Olivia Rodrigo gigs, but as things stand Take That and Keane concerts next week are still scheduled.

In a statement, Co-op empathised with fans who have been impacted by a string of delays, and expressed its concerns about the venue in no uncertain terms. It is believed that Co-op paid up to £100m for the naming rights to the venue when a 15-year deal was signed in 2020.

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