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UK concert arena becomes the butt of jokes after cancellations: ‘Manchester’s Fyre Festival’

Olivia Rodrigo, Slipknot and Megan Thee Stallion are some of the artists who have shows scheduled at Co-op Live

The UK’s self-styled “largest indoor arena”, Co-op Live, has failed to please its audience. The place should have opened with performances by Peter Kay on the 23rd and 24th of April, but the shows were postponed to the 29th and 30th of the same month due to failures in an energy test. Afterwards, a show by The Black Keys went from April 27th to May 15th, while the shows Peter Kay were postponed again.

Last Wednesday, 1st, the show A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie was canceled due to “venue-related technical issues” just 10 minutes after Co-op Live opened. Therefore, many fans were disappointed: “We traveled for two hours… it’s just bad, if you’re going to cancel, cancel beforehand, so we don’t spend money coming here”, said a fan to NME.

“There are thousands of people waiting outside and you cancel half an hour after the doors were supposed to open?”, added the friend. “It is stupid.” Another attendee stated that she is considering not returning to the arena: “I should be watching Take That there next week, and if it’s cancelled, I don’t think the arena should open for months. They should cancel all events. It’s just a lack of professionalism.”

Her friend added: “It’s more about the money than anything else. A message the night before would have been ok so we didn’t have to spend so much money on everything – the train tickets were around £30. They’ve already had so many problems. I doubt they didn’t know about it.”

“Everyone is doubting whether Olivia Rodrigo will appear if Take That will appear… for all future events, everyone will only expect the worst. I wasn’t surprised it was cancelled, but it’s still a disappointing feeling,” she continued.

“It looks like the Fyre Festival from Manchester,” added a guy, making reference to the festival’s case portrayed in a documentary of the same name. “It’s just a joke at this point.”

The Co-op was contacted by NMEbut did not comment on the cases.

Source: Rollingstone

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