The Black Keys announce Manchester Co-op Live gig in new venue’s opening week -support act and ticket details

The gig comes just days after Peter Kay's opening double-header.
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Rock icons The Black Keys have been added to the opening season for Manchester’s new Co-op Live. The band will be one of the first acts to perform at the arena, which opens its doors next month. 

The band have announced they will head to Manchester on April 27. This will be just weeks after the release of their 12th studio album ‘Ohio Players’ which will be dropped on April 5. 

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The Black Keys have been a force in music for many years, releasing their debut album ‘The Big Come Up’ in 2002. The duo from Ohio have been nominated and won a BRIT Award and Grammy Awards over the years.  

Co-op Live’s opening season will see the arena feature more than 30 artists across over 50 shows, including a seven-night Take That residency, a five-night UK exclusive residency as part of The Eagles’ final ever tour, Barry Manilow's only UK arena show and Eric Clapton’s first Manchester performance in 10 years. Legendary comedian, and proud Boltonian, Peter Kay will open the arena with two shows on April 23 and 24.

Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys (Photo by Larry Niehues)Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys (Photo by Larry Niehues)
Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys (Photo by Larry Niehues)

Gary Roden, Executive Director and General Manager, Co-op Live, says: “We are thrilled that a band of The Black Keys’ calibre will be taking to the stage. The show will be part of an amazing week of performances that kicks off a jam-packed opening season.  At Co-op Live our aim is to bring world-class talent to a city that lives and breathes music, and this line up epitomises that ambition. With our doors opening in a matter of weeks, we can’t wait to welcome the world to Co-op Live.”

Who is supporting The Black Keys at Co-op Live?

In recent days, The Black Keys have announced who will open for them on their tour. Liverpool band Circa Waves have been confirmed to be the support for the UK shows including at Manchester's Co-op Live.

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Formed in 2013, Circa Waves have five studio albums to their name with the most recent 'Never Going Under' being released in January 2023. The band has plenty of classic tunes, with 'T-Shirt Weather' being perhaps the most familiar and one of their catchiest.

 How to get tickets to The Black Keys at Co-op Live 

Co-op Members will be able to sign up for pre-sale window that starts at 10am on Wednesday, March 6. General sale then starts at 10am on Friday, March 8. Tickets can be purchased through the Co-op Live website.