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A model new £365 venue in Manchester is opening this week and hopes to grab main occasions from London to the north. The Co-op Live venue would be the largest indoor area within the UK – and has excessive profile backers together with Harry Styles who helped in its design.

Set subsequent to Manchester United’s stadium, it has a capability of 23,500 and has already secured MTV Europe Music Awards, which can happen there in November.

Olivia Rodrigo, Take That, Eric Clapton and Liam Gallagher are additionally lined up for performances there in addition to the Eagles, who might be taking part in their UK dates of their farewell tour there. It additionally hopes to draw sporting occasions from the capital.

Co-op Live has been constructed by City Football Group and Oakview Music Group which was co-founded by US-based Irving Azoff – the previous CEO of Ticketmaster. Other backers together with promoters SJM and Gaiety.

After a check occasion right this moment (Saturday, April 10) it will likely be formally opened by comic Peter Kay on Tuesday.

Co-op Live govt director and normal supervisor Gary Roden stated: “There’s no reason why the Brits can’t come up north,” studies The BBC.

He revealed that Styles’ suggestion was that there have been no promoting hoardings contained in the venue. There can also be a fitness center for performers backstage.

Roden stated: “It’s all very a lot targeted across the artists having the perfect expertise, and that prices us cash, to not have promoting in right here.

“But that’s a decision that we’ve made in order to maximise the connection between artist and fan.”

The venue has 32 bars, restaurants and clubs on multiple levels which sets it apart from other venues – although its aim isn’t to compete with Manchester Arena, currently known as the AO Arena which has just undergone a big renovation.

Roden added: “If we focus on bringing more to Manchester, then we’ll be fine.”

The Co-op Live web site explains extra concerning the venue.

It stated: “As the UK’s only music-first arena, Co-op Live will boast the largest floor space of any indoor venue, a significantly lower ceiling, and tiered seating that brings fans closer to the artist.

“Cutting edge visual technology, exceptional acoustics and innovative sound bowl design mean the best show possible whether standing or seated, in a space designed to welcome the biggest and most exciting global artists.”

Harry Styles stated: “I’m incredibly proud and excited to be partnering with OVG on their plans for Co-op Live.

“Manchester is an incredible city, filled with incredible people, and I couldn’t be happier being involved in this project. It very much feels like coming home.

“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. It’s just another sign that this amazing city continues to grow.”