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Co-Op Live air vent accident was almost “catastrophic”, says boss – who blames lack of workers for opening problems - www.nme.com - Manchester
nme.com
15.05.2024 / 14:21

Co-Op Live air vent accident was almost “catastrophic”, says boss – who blames lack of workers for opening problems

set to open three weeks ago with a performance from comedian Peter Kay, however this gig, along with a show by The Black Keys, was pushed back at the last minute due to the building not being ready.The delays continued from there, as organisers announced on May 1 that A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie‘s show was cancelled following a “venue-related technical issue”. Shortly afterwards, they also axed Olivia Rodrigo’s gigs – which left her “so disappointed” – as well as shows by Keane and Take That, with the latter relocating their dates to the rival AO Arena.Unsurprisingly, the slew of issues facing the arena led to music lovers coming forward to express their frustration at the postponements, and branded the venue as “Manchester’s own Fyre Festival”.The issue at hand was revealed to be due to part of the ventilation system falling from the ceiling during Boogie’s soundcheck, and the bosses of the venue being forced to keep the venue closed until it was safe.“If that was 15 minutes later, something catastrophic could have happened,” Tim Leiweke, chief executive of the arena’s operator Oak View Group, told BBC News.He also went on to explain that one of 95 pre-manufactured filters had fallen and landed in the standing area just before doors were set to open, and there had been “no way” to have known that it wasn’t installed correctly beforehand.Speaking with Financial Times, he went on to blame a shortage of labour workers at the venue for the series of delays, adding that organisers of Co-Op Live “couldn’t find people to work” to get the site ready in time.He echoed the sentiment to BBC too, explaining that the issue with the air vent was because those hired to install it “didn’t put the bolts in”.

Fans react as Manchester’s Co-Op Live finally opens with Elbow “christening” arena with hometown gig - www.nme.com - Britain - Manchester
nme.com
15.05.2024 / 11:19

Fans react as Manchester’s Co-Op Live finally opens with Elbow “christening” arena with hometown gig

Elbow.The venue – which has a capacity of 23,500 and is the biggest indoor arena in the UK – has been plagued by issues over recent months, and has experienced countless delays when it comes to opening.Originally, the arena was set to open officially three weeks ago with an opening gig from comedian Peter Kay, however this, along with many other planned shows, were postponed at the last minute.Now, the venue has finally opened its doors to the public and seen Elbow become the first act to complete a scheduled date in the venue’s calendar.Guy Garvey and co. received an enthusiastic response from the crowd last night (May 14) and made references to the long-running issues that have loomed over Co-Op Live in recent weeks.“Good evening Manchester! Let’s open this venue properly shall we?,” the frontman said at the beginning of the gig, opening with ‘Things I’ve Been Telling Myself For Years’.

Elbow are “ready” to open Manchester’s Co-Op Live arena tonight after weeks of chaos: “See you there” - www.nme.com - Britain - Manchester
nme.com
14.05.2024 / 10:13

Elbow are “ready” to open Manchester’s Co-Op Live arena tonight after weeks of chaos: “See you there”

Elbow have said they are “ready” to open the new Co-Op Live arena in Manchester tonight (May 14) following weeks of chaos at the venue.Guy Garvey and co. are scheduled to perform at the 23,500-capacity arena – which is the UK’s largest indoor venue – as part of their current UK headline tour.

Final preparations underway with Co-op Live FINALLY set to open - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Britain - USA - Manchester
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
14.05.2024 / 07:13

Final preparations underway with Co-op Live FINALLY set to open

Troubled Co-op Live is set to finally open its doors tonight. After a number of false starts, East Manchester's new £365 million venue, set to become the biggest indoor arena in Britain, will host its first full show with local heroes Elbow the headline act.

Here’s what Peter Kay said to Jason Manford about the Manchester Co-Op gig delay fiasco - www.nme.com - Britain - Manchester
nme.com
13.05.2024 / 13:29

Here’s what Peter Kay said to Jason Manford about the Manchester Co-Op gig delay fiasco

Peter Kay told him in response to the Manchester Co-Op’s continued delays which pushed the latter’s opening week gigs back twice.The brand new 23,500-capacity venue – the largest in the UK once it officially opens – has infamously been plagued by teething problems that have caused multiple delays.Comedian Kay was supposed to open the venue with gigs on April 23 and 24, but following a test event featuring Rick Astley on April 22, the gigs were “regretfully” pushed back to April 29 and 30 with the venue citing technical issues.The shows were then postponed a second time, with Kay now scheduled to perform on May 23 and 24. The comedian reacted by telling fans of his disappointed, sharing: “I know I can’t believe it either.”My apologies once again but unfortunately the Co-op Live still isn’t ready and so, as yet, remains untested for a large-scale audience.

Manchester’s Co-Op Live expecting Elbow opening gig to go ahead after spate of delays - www.nme.com - Britain - Manchester
nme.com
10.05.2024 / 20:45

Manchester’s Co-Op Live expecting Elbow opening gig to go ahead after spate of delays

Elbow’s upcoming show will now serve as the venue’s much-postponed opening night.Guy Garvey and co. are scheduled to play the arena, which is set to be the UK’s largest indoor venue with a capacity of 23,500, on May 14 as part of their current UK tour.The arena have had a disastrous few weeks, after a series of events prevented it from being able to open its doors on time.But the venue have now confirmed to Manchester Evening News that, “At this time, we do not expect further impact on our opening season.”The same report suggests that Co-Op Live are also still working on rescheduling Olivia Rodrigo’s postponed shows, with an announcement expected in due course.The BBC also note that the arena has completed an inspection which found that the fault that forced the A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie delay on May 1 was “isolated” and that the venue is now “satisfied” that the opening can go ahead on May 14.The inspection is said to have been carried out by the same subcontractor, SES, that was also responsible for installing the arena’s air handling units.

Andy Burnham says Co-op Live chaos 'hasn't been handled well', but says it will be a 'great success story in time' - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Manchester
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
09.05.2024 / 17:15

Andy Burnham says Co-op Live chaos 'hasn't been handled well', but says it will be a 'great success story in time'

Andy Burnham has said the opening of Co-op Live has ‘not been handled well’ after the 23,500-capacity venue suffered a nightmarish start to life.

Lily Allen details her misplaced resentment for Elton John after realising her 'massive mistake' - www.ok.co.uk - state Mississippi - county Oliver
ok.co.uk
06.05.2024 / 20:35

Lily Allen details her misplaced resentment for Elton John after realising her 'massive mistake'

Singer-songwriter Lily Allen recently opened up about her misplaced resentment towards music legend Sir Elton John, revealing a candid letter she wrote to her former manager. In a candid clip speaking on her podcast with Miquita Oliver, Miss Me?, Lily detailed her former management by Elton John, recalling how he would check in on her regularly, offering support during challenging times. "He would call me once every couple of weeks to check in and say hi and make sure I was okay," Lily shared, reflecting on a period of her life where she struggled with personal challenges.

Keane announce Co-op Live show CANCELLED after week of chaos for troubled arena - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - Manchester - Beyond
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
02.05.2024 / 19:21

Keane announce Co-op Live show CANCELLED after week of chaos for troubled arena

Keane have announced theit Co-op Live show on Sunday is CANCELLED following a week chaos for Manchester's newest arena.

Manchester AO arena reportedly set to take some gigs from troubled Co-Op Live - www.nme.com - Manchester
nme.com
02.05.2024 / 13:35

Manchester AO arena reportedly set to take some gigs from troubled Co-Op Live

performances from Peter Kay on April 23 and 24. However, following a test event with Rick Astley, the comedian’s gigs were moved to April 29 and 30 due to a failed power test.

Music Venue Trust say Manchester Co-Op Live Arena is “a great idea” but urge them to “work in a way that secures the future of live music” - www.nme.com - Britain - Manchester
nme.com
02.05.2024 / 13:01

Music Venue Trust say Manchester Co-Op Live Arena is “a great idea” but urge them to “work in a way that secures the future of live music”

stand-up performances from Peter Kay on April 23 and 24. Following a test event with Rick Astley, however, the comedian’s gigs were postponed until April 29 and 30 due to a failed power test.A Black Keys gig that was scheduled for April 27 later had to be pushed back to May 15, and the Kay dates were delayed for the second time.Last night (May 1), A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s concert was cancelled at the last minute because of a “venue-related technical issue” before it was confirmed that Olivia Rodrigo’s shows at the Co-Op Live this Friday and Saturday (May 3, 4) had been postponed.

“Manchester’s own Fyre Festival” – disappointed fans speak out on Co-Op Live cancellations - www.nme.com - Britain - Manchester
nme.com
02.05.2024 / 12:23

“Manchester’s own Fyre Festival” – disappointed fans speak out on Co-Op Live cancellations

NME, dubbing the situation “just a joke at this point”.Yesterday (May 1) thousands of people made their way, again, to Manchester’s new Co-Op Live, the recently-built “largest in-door arena” in the UK. With a grand opening that’s been marred by pushbacks, reschedules, controversial comments about grassroots venues being “poorly run”, and the executive director resigning: the new gig space has been beleaguered by a series of chaotic issues.Aside from a test event featuring Rick Astley for which some tickets were cancelled, reducing the audience to 11,000, the venue has yet to run a show successfully on the day it was originally scheduled.It was supposed to open with performances from Peter Kay on April 23 and 24, but the shows were moved to April 29 and 30 due to the venue’s power testing falling “a few days” behind schedule.

Peter Andre reveals baby daughter's name after weeks of debate as he and Emily say 'We've finally decided' - www.ok.co.uk
ok.co.uk
02.05.2024 / 11:07

Peter Andre reveals baby daughter's name after weeks of debate as he and Emily say 'We've finally decided'

Peter Andre, 51, and Emily MacDonagh, 34, have finally announced the name of their newborn baby daughter -Arabella Rose Andréa - almost a month after she was born on Tuesday, 2 April.The couple are now proud and doting parents to three children - including Amelia, 10, and Theo, seven - as well as Peter's older children, Princess, 16, and Junior, 18. Their fans have been waiting with baited breath for an official announcement from the pop star, after he previously revealed they were struggling to choose a name and had taken to calling her 'bubba' for the first few weeks of her life. Emily was the one who shared the news of the newborn's name, with a sweet photo on Instagram.

Olivia Rodrigo says she is “so disappointed” after Co-Op Live shows postponed - www.nme.com - Manchester
nme.com
02.05.2024 / 09:37

Olivia Rodrigo says she is “so disappointed” after Co-Op Live shows postponed

Olivia Rodrigo has spoken out about her upcoming shows at Manchester’s Co-Op Live being postponed at the last minute, saying that she is “so disappointed” by the news.The pop star was set to perform at the new arena in Manchester tomorrow night (May 3) and Saturday (4) as part of her ongoing ‘GUTS World Tour’.However, just two days before the shows were set to go ahead, an update was shared from the venue organisers, confirming that the dates had been pushed back due to ongoing technical issues at the arena.It marked the latest in a series of shows that have been delayed due to ongoing issues with the opening week for Co-Op Live. Originally, the 23,500-capacity arena, located opposite the Etihad Stadium, was supposed to open with performances from Peter Kay on April 23 and 24.

Peter Andre and wife Emily finally reveal name of newborn daughter after weeks of deliberation - www.dailyrecord.co.uk - Greece
dailyrecord.co.uk
02.05.2024 / 08:57

Peter Andre and wife Emily finally reveal name of newborn daughter after weeks of deliberation

Peter Andre and his wife Emily have shared the sweet name of their new baby girl with fans, after much speculation and even crowd-sourcing ideas on social media.

Manchester’s Co-Op Live Arena pulls A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie show last minute due to “venue-related technical issue” - www.nme.com - Manchester
nme.com
01.05.2024 / 18:49

Manchester’s Co-Op Live Arena pulls A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie show last minute due to “venue-related technical issue”

a performance by rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie last minute due to a “venue-related technical issue”.The venue announced just 10 minutes after doors had opened that the show could no longer go ahead due to technical problems. “We kindly ask fans to leave the area.

Manchester’s Co-Op Live agree to meet Music Venue Trust to discuss £1 ticket levy - www.nme.com - Britain - USA - Manchester
nme.com
01.05.2024 / 11:09

Manchester’s Co-Op Live agree to meet Music Venue Trust to discuss £1 ticket levy

BBC, Mark Davyd (CEO of the Music Venue Trust) said he was to meet with the Co-Op Live once the venue was up and running. The meeting comes amongst the furore with Co-Op Live’s executive director Gary Roden, who suggested some grassroots venues were “poorly run” whilst discussing the case for a £1 ticket levy to preserve them.Davyd later criticised Roden’s comments, pointing out the average age of the artists booked to play at the venue was 52: “The average length of time it takes for a British artist to be booked to headline the Coop Live Arena from the date of the release of their first album is 30 (THIRTY) years.

Brit Beat: Manchester, So Much to Answer for? New Arena Launch Stymied by Delays - variety.com - Britain - Manchester
variety.com
29.04.2024 / 16:35

Brit Beat: Manchester, So Much to Answer for? New Arena Launch Stymied by Delays

Mark Sutherland It’s not often that a new venue dominates U.K. music industry conversation, but that’s certainly been the case with the opening – or not – of Oak View Group’s new Co-op Live Arena in Manchester.

The owners of Manchester’s Co-Op Live are planning “the greatest arena in the world” for London - www.nme.com - Britain - Manchester
nme.com
29.04.2024 / 09:13

The owners of Manchester’s Co-Op Live are planning “the greatest arena in the world” for London

marred by issues ahead of its launch, with both Peter Kay and The Black Keys being forced to postpone their shows at the last minute.The 23,500-capacity venue – now the largest arena in the UK – has faced numerous controversies and teething problems in recent weeks, including arena boss Gary Roden’s own resignation.Speaking to The Telegraph, Leiweke said it could be up to a year before plans become official. As for location, the investor said: “If you guessed Hammersmith, it would be a good guess.“We’re pretty focused on a particular site.

The view from Co-op Live as race to catch up continues following a week of drama - www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk - USA - Manchester
manchestereveningnews.co.uk
27.04.2024 / 18:39

The view from Co-op Live as race to catch up continues following a week of drama

In the shadow of Manchester's mammoth new arena, a sea of workers in hi-vis jackets and hard hats are rushing back and forth.

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