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Peter Kay

Greater Manchester icon Peter Kay to open Co-op Live, the UK’s largest live entertainment arena.

Co-op Live, have announced that legendary comedian Peter Kay will open Manchester’s state of the art venue with his current record breaking tour when it first welcomes fans in April. The 23,500-seat arena is the largest in the UK and will offer an unparalleled fan experience that will set a new benchmark for large venues around the world.

Kay will perform at Co-op Live on 23 April 2024 to kickstart a new chapter in the city’s revered cultural story, having delighted fans across the UK for well over two decades as one of most successful stand-up comedians of all time. The venue’s unique bowl design promises a fittingly intimate environment, bringing fans closer to the artist than at other arenas of equivalent size.

Gary Roden, Executive Director and General Manager, Co-op Live, says: “When you think of Manchester, it’s hard not to think of Peter Kay. He embodies what this city is about, and to have him headlining Co-op Live is tremendously exciting. We’re creating an arena that is truly part of the community around it, and having Peter as our opening act is a perfect reminder of that.”

Aiming to become Europe’s most sustainable arena, Co-op Live places people and planet first. The venue will be 100% electric, include rainwater recycling technology and operates with reusable cups to significantly reduce plastic usage across the site. In line with and supporting Co-op’s core brand values, the venue’s ‘Gigs that Give Back’ will generate at least £1 million annually for the Co-op Foundation to support causes on a local and national scale, including delivering on its new youth-led strategy.