Take That are the latest musicians to move their upcoming shows at the Co-op Live Arena to the AO Arena.

Take That have taken to social media to share the news with their fans, on X, formerly known as Twitter, they said: “Given the ongoing technical issues around the opening of Co-op Live we have taken the difficult decision to move our May shows to the AO Arena where we have enjoyed many great nights over the years.

“This is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we wanted to give our fans as much notice as possible.

“We’re mindful many of you will already have travel and accommodation plans in place, so we have chosen this option to minimise inconvenience to as many people as possible.

“Our dates in June in Manchester remain unaffected.

“All bookings will be transferred to the new venue and expect for Wednesday May 8, we are pleased to say that all the dates remain the same.

“Ticket providers will be in touch directly to manage ticket changes and queries.

“We thank you for your understanding and we’ll see you all soon!”

The new shows:

  • Tuesday May 7 now at AO Arena.
  • Wednesday, May 8 – date changed to Thursday, May 9.
  • Friday, May 10 now at AO Arena.
  • Saturday, May 11 now at AO Arena.
  • Sunday, May 12 now at AO Arena.

A spokesperson for AO Arena said: “Welcome back, Take That! The band synonymous with the city of Manchester returns to AO Arena for 5 nights on Tuesday 7th May, Thursday 9th May, Friday 10th May, Saturday 11th May & Sunday 12th May.

“Ticket providers will be in touch directly to manage ticket changes and queries.”

This comes just hours after A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie moved his cancelled Co-op Live gig to the AO Arena this Saturday, May 4.

The Oak View Group who run the Co-op Live Arena, have issued an update.

They have said: "Ticket holders and fans, following the events that led to the cancelled A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie show on May 1, we have decided to take a short pause to events at Co-op Live to fully ensure the safety and security of fans and artists visiting the venue.

"This time will allow for an independent inspection of all elements of the arena ceiling.

"We have worked with promoters to limit the impact on fans, keeping as many shows as possible in Manchester.

"The following events will be affected:

"A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - 1 May - date and venue change.

"Olivia Rodrigo - 3 and 4 May - postponed - new dates to be announced.

"Keane - 5 May - postponed - new dates to be announced.

"Take That - 7, 10, 11, 12 May - venue change.

"Take That - 8 May - date and venue change.

"Take That's June dates remain unaffected.

"Ticket holders for each event will be contacted by their point of purchase, and refunds will be available if preferred.

"At this time, we do not expect further impact on our opening season.

"We are aware our actions have frustrated and angered ticket holders.

"We know you've incurred significant disruption, and are finding a way to help make it right.

"We are taking the pause to think about the best ways to do that.

"Our naming rights partner, the Co-op Group, has also expressed the importance of ensuring that the significant impact on ticketholders is recognised and addressed, with more detail to follow soon."

 Tim Leiweke, Chairman and CEO, Oak View Group adds: "As many of you will know, it's not been the smooth start we had planned for, and I know that has caused a huge amount of disruption and frustration to thousands of people.

"On behalf of all of us at Oak View Group, I'd like to express my sincere apologises to all those that have been affected.

"We understand that there is work to be done to rebuild your trust in us.

"This starts now and at the request of the naming rights partner, The Co-op Group, we will be addressing impact on affected ticket holders, details of which will be shared soon.

"I'd like to reiterate my sincerest apologises to everyone that has been affected by the delays around the opening of Co-op Live.

"The team here is working incredibly hard to get the building up and running, and we look forward to welcoming you to the arena from May 14, 2024."

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