Co-op Live: Peter Kay gigs postponed just 24 hours ahead of grand opening - full statement and ticket details

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The Bolton legend was due to be the first official performer at the new venue.

Peter Kay’s two gigs at Manchester’s new Co-op Live have been cancelled. The venue announced the news in a statement on social media.

The comedian was due to take to the stage of the new 23,500 seater venue on Tuesday April 23 and Wednesday April 24. However, the dates have now been rearranged with new dates announced.

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The news comes following alterations having to be made at the venue’s test event on Saturday. The number of people able to attend was reduced just before it got underway.

A spokesperson for Co-op Live said: "Following our first test event on Saturday, regretfully we have made the difficult decision to reschedule our two opening performances by Peter Kay. These dates will move from April 23 and Wednesday 24 to Monday 29 and Tuesday April 30.

"It is critical to ensure we have a consistent total power supply to our fully electric sustainable venue, the completion of which is a few days behind. Rescheduling gives us the extra time we need to continue testing thoroughly. This is vital to satisfy the rigorous set of guidelines and protocols that are necessary for a venue of this size.

Peter Kay has been confirmed as the first act to play Manchester's new Co-op Live arena in April Peter Kay has been confirmed as the first act to play Manchester's new Co-op Live arena in April
Peter Kay has been confirmed as the first act to play Manchester's new Co-op Live arena in April

"Peter Kay has very graciously agreed to perform his record-breaking comedy at Co-op Live on 29 (rescheduled from 23) and 30 (rescheduled from 24) April 2024.

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“All tickets remain valid and ticket holders will be contacted by their point of purchase. Refunds will be available for those who can no longer attend. We are very sorry for the inconvenience that this change will undoubtedly cause for some.

"We are thrilled to welcome Peter Kay as our grand opening act just a few days later than planned."

Peter Kay said: “I’m truly gutted as I know how disappointing this will be for everyone with tickets, but obviously it’s a brand-new venue and it’s important that everything is finished and safe for full capacity audiences.

“Fortunately, we’ve been able to reschedule the shows to next week, (I’ll have to miss my Bums & Tums class) but hopefully I’ll see you then."

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Co-op Live added: "We can’t wait to welcome fans to Co-op Live for our official grand opening events with Peter Kay, and to showcase Co-op Live at its very best. We will still be hosting The Black Keys on 27 April in the lower bowl with 10K fans as planned, and will continue to test the resilience of the venue and its operations."

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