UK’s Brand New Concert Arena Keeps Encountering Problems

The Co-op Live Arena in Manchester canceled its opening show for the third time minutes before doors open on May 1. According to an article from the Manchester Evening News, the main headliner for the May 1 show was legendary rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie and the major reason for the cancellation of the show was because before the event kicked off, a part from the A/C unit fell from the gantry and onto the venue floor.

Afterwards, event organizers then told the fans to leave the venue because of “technical issues”, 10 minutes before the opening act got on stage. The Co-op Live Arena in Manchester is a 23,500-capacity venue and the spokesperson then told the press that there were no injuries. Additionally, the event organizers are working on a plan to reschedule in the next few days.

The Co-op Live Arena and its cancellations

The previous show cancellations of the arena go back to April 20, the original projected date of the venue’s grand opening. That date’s original planned headliner was top 80s music icon, Rick Astley, and more cancellations for shows on April 23 and 24 then came along afterwards. Mixmag reported that those cancellations were because of “last-minute work” that needed to complete before the full completion of the venue.

Soon after the May 1 incident, Co-op Live Arena then announced cancellations of the upcoming shows for May 3 and 4, which would have had Olivia Rodrigo as the headliners for those two dates. It’s now only a matter of time until the arena will reopen, especially since the arena should definitely do more work on ensuring that it will have improved and enhanced infrastructure modifications so that future events can start to happen.