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Bring That Move Co-op Live Shows to Rival Arena After Chaos

  • By Jonny Humphries and Tom Mullen
  • BBC News, Manchester

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Screenshot, The legendary boy band were due to perform five shows at the Co-op Live stadium next week.

Take That have become the latest act to move shows from the troubled Co-op Live stage amid a series of “technical issues”.

Rival venue AO Arena confirmed it will host the band’s five dates next week amid 24 hours of chaos for the new £365million venue.

Pop star Olivia Rodrigo also had an upcoming concert canceled.

In a new statement, Co-op Live said it would be taking a “short hiatus” and welcoming audiences back to the arena from May 14.

He said he was taking a break to “ensure the safety of fans and artists visiting the venue.”

Oak View Group, which owns the stadium, has blamed the cancellations on defects in parts of its ventilation system.

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

On Wednesday, hundreds of fans attending A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s concert discovered the show had been canceled while waiting in line outside.

Screenshot, The stadium is part of a development around Manchester City’s Etihad stadium.

The rapper, whose real name is Julius Dubose, said: “Yesterday’s canceled show in Manchester has been rescheduled for this Saturday at the AO Arena! We won’t give up that easily, come on!”

According to the company, a nozzle used in the building’s ventilation system came off during a sound test due to what was believed to be a “factory defect.”

When staff could not guarantee that other components were free of similar defects, OVG said it had no choice but to cancel.

Analysis

By Ian Youngs, cultural reporter

Take That’s announcement comes after a succession of postponements and very embarrassing problems for Co-op Live.

But losing the residency of one of Britain’s biggest bands (and local heroes) to their rival venue could be considered the biggest humiliation of all.

“It’s going to be hard for an artist to say, ‘Yeah, I booked the stadium that’s 30 years old versus the stadium that’s new,'” he said.

But now, the stars are returning to the tried and trusted AO, which has been operating under a variety of names since 1995.

Co-op Live said it was working “incredibly hard” to get the venue up and running for the remainder of its inaugural season.

The statement continues: “We are aware that our actions have frustrated and angered ticket holders. We know they have incurred a significant disruption and we are finding a way to help correct this.”

Screenshot, Fans were left confused and disappointed after receiving a letter saying that A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s concert on Wednesday had been cancelled.

Fans left in the lurch by Wednesday’s last-minute cancellation have expressed concern about future events at the stadium, which is now the largest in the UK.

Yasin, 20, told the BBC he paid £25 for parking and arrived at the venue only to receive a piece of paper saying the A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie concert had cancelled.

He said: “I’m thinking, is this real? Why isn’t it online? It was so unprofessional, I almost couldn’t believe it, is this how we found out it’s been cancelled?”

“It makes me wonder if future events will be planned properly or organized enough.”

Screenshot, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie has rescheduled his canceled concert

The Co-operative Group, which is the naming rights sponsor for the venue, said it was “disappointed” by the new changes to the calendar.

A spokesperson said: “The Co-op is a sponsor and does not own or manage the venue, and we have made it clear to Oak View Group, who are responsible for the building, that the impact on ticket holders must be addressed as a priority.”

“We are satisfied that they will soon put plans in place to do so.”

AO Arena general manager Jen Mitchell said it was “great” to welcome Take That to the venue “for five nights in the heart of this wonderful city”.

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