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Peter Kay Expresses Anger as Co-op Live Gig is Cancelled

Peter Kay has expressed his disappointment over his upcoming gig at Manchester’s doomed Co-op Live venue being cancelled for a second time.

Representatives for the new venue broke the news that the gig has been postponed once again this morning, stating that fans of the comedian will now have to wait until the end of May to see him perform on stage.

The news follows the resignation of Gary Roden who left his position as general manager of the new arena last night. Following Co-op Live’s announcement, Phoenix Night’s funnyman Peter has issued a statement of his own regarding the chaos.

Writing on Twitter (X), the official account for Peter told followers: “My apologies once again but unfortunately the Co-op Live still isn’t ready and so, as yet, remains untested for a large-scale audience. Consequently, they are having to reschedule my two shows yet again (I know I can’t believe it either). Read the full statement below.”

The full statement reads: “To everybody with tickets, my apologies once again but unfortunately the Co-op Live still isn’t ready and so, as yet, remains untested for a large-scale audience. Consequently, they are having to reschedule my two shows yet again (I know I can’t believe it either).

“The first available dates the shows can reschedule to are as follows: Mon 29th April to Thurs 23rd May Tues 30th April to Fri 24th May Tickets will be transferred, or refunds given if the new dates aren’t suitable. It’s very disappointing but your safety is important, and I won’t compromise that.”

The general manager of Manchester’s Co-op live arena stepped down from his position last night, after a slew of issues led to a delay opening the soon-to-be biggest music venue in the UK. Co-op Live Arena confirmed to the BBC that Gary Roden had resigned, with the blow coming days after Bolton comedian Peter’s opening shows at the 23,500-seat venue were cancelled for the first time due to the £365 million arena not being ready in time.

Mr Roden resigned shortly after his comments to the BBC— in which he claimed grassroots music venues were often “poorly run”— caused backlash. A statement from the arena to the BBC said it does not “share the sentiment” expressed by its now-former general manager and that “Co-op Live remains committed to grassroots music in Manchester and beyond”. The statement also thanked Mr Roden for his “help bringing the UK’s newest arena to live entertainment fans and wish him the best for the future”.

This morning, just hours on from Mr Roden’s resignation, representatives for Co-op Live announced they had made “the difficult decision to postpone the live shows at Co-op Live due to take place this week”. The planned The Black Keys and Peter Kay shows will now take place next month.

“As the naming rights sponsor for Co-op Live, we are very disappointed in the delayed opening of the venue and fully recognise the disruption this has caused to affected ticket holders, many of whom are Co-op Members,” the statement from Co-op Live reads. “Co-op Live is an incredible venue and is a force for good for Manchester, our region and the UK as a whole. We look forward to seeing the venue fully open in accordance with the timescales provided by OVG today.”

Tim Leiweke, Chairman and CEO, Oak View Group added: “It’s always been very important to me that we only open Co-op Live when it is safe and appropriate to do so, and rescheduling The Black Keys and Peter Kay gives the dedicated team the time and space needed to finalise systems and measures. I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to every fan that has been impacted by this decision and others this week, and join the full team in thanking them for their continued patience and support as we prepare to open our doors.”

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