AO Arena Negotiating to Host Rescheduled Co-op Live Shows – Including Two Major Acts

The Co-operative Group

Manchester’s AO Arena is set to host some of the concerts initially planned for the troubled Co-op Live arena this weekend, according to the MEN. The move follows a series of delays and rescheduled shows at Co-op Live due to incomplete work.

Co-op Live, located in Eastlands, was supposed to open last month with two shows from Peter Kay. However, the £365m venue has had to reschedule several shows, including a concert by American rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie on May 1, due to a ‘technical issue’ involving a fallen air conditioning unit.

Sources have revealed that the AO Arena is currently staffing for two shows this weekend (May 4 and 5). It is believed that A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s rescheduled show and Keane’s Sunday show, originally set for Co-op Live, may be moved to the AO Arena.

Following the cancellation of his show, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie stated, “Something happened with the venue while I was at soundcheck today that caused cancellation of the show. We are working on rescheduling in the next few days… Manchester I got you just stay tuned for further info.”

Co-op Live also postponed Olivia Rodrigo’s shows on May 3 and 4. Keane’s show at Co-op Live for Sunday is still listed as going ahead, but no official announcement has been made.

Co-op Live, unveiled on April 20, has faced several issues, including power supply problems and the resignation of its general manager, Gary Roden. The venue is working with artist management and promoters to limit the impact on the opening season schedule.

No official announcement has been made about this weekend’s shows potentially moving to the AO Arena. Both venues and the promoters for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Keane have been approached for comment.

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