Co-op Live

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We’re thrilled to announce the development of Co-op Live: the UK’s first purpose-driven arena. Co-op Live will be a state of the art venue located in Manchester, ready to host events by 2023.

A golden opportunity with Harry Styles

Global recording artist, Harry Styles, who has penned hits such as Watermelon Sugar and Golden, will also be investing in Co-op Live.

After growing up in the Manchester area and getting his first job as a Co-op paperboy, Harry said the investment “very much feels like coming home.” He will be heavily involved at the development stage, sharing his valuable insights on fan experience.

Harry has said:

“I was drawn to this project on every level, from the opportunities it brings, to the contribution it will make to the city, and most importantly, that it will allow even more live music to thrive in Manchester.”

Much like Mr. Styles, we can’t wait to see this venue come to life.

The UK's first purpose-driven arena

We are proud to be joining forces with Oak View Group (OVG) to develop one of most socially responsible venues in Europe; joining Manchester’s zero carbon agenda and tackling food poverty with our food redistribution programme.

The venue will be rooted in our Co-op values, selling our award-winning and ethically sourced food range, and giving back to local communities across the UK.

We expect the arena to generate around £1m each year for our Co-op Foundation causes.

Once completed, the arena will offer exclusive benefits to our members, including pre-sale tickets, discounts on food, beverages and hospitality experiences, and the chance to win free backstage VIP experiences.

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“Co-op is set up with a clear purpose to serve the interests of its members and invest for the long-term. The world’s first-purpose driven entertainment arena will not only enthral audiences but every time people watch a live act they’ll be doing good in local communities across the UK.”

Co-op Group CEO, Steve Murrells.

Hear from our Co-op Group CEO, Steve Murrells and our
Co-op Food CEO, Jo Whitfield

We’re proud to be working with Oak View Group to develop Co-op Live. The venue will deliver against our bold commitments to sustainability and community, and re-establish Manchester as one of the most important live music destinations in the world.

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