Barry Manilow says he’s booked the AO Arena ‘just in case’ the Co-op Live isn’t ready for Manchester gig

Barry's hedging his bets.

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Barry Manilow has said he has reserved a spot to perform at the AO Arena in Manchester, on the off-chance that the delays with the new Co-op Live arena continue.

The 80-year-old music legend has said he ‘shares the concerns’ of fans who have questioned whether his show on 19 May will be able to go ahead.

And following the news that several shows are moving to Co-op Live’s rival venue, Barry Manilow has said he is ready to do the same.

In a lengthy statement shared by his husband and manager Garry Kief, Barry assured his fans that he ‘already has a backup plan’ should the arena remain delayed.

Co-op Live’s official opening date has crept further and further back in recent weeks, with OVG boss Tim Leiweke saying in a statement last night that they were taking ‘a short pause’ to make things right.


Shows that have been effected by the delay so far have included Take That (moved to AO Arena), A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie (ditto), Keane (postponed), Olivia Rodrigo (also postponed), Peter Kay (rescheduled) and The Black Keys (rescheduled).

In the statement shared to Barry Manilow’s social media, he and Garry said: “Dear Friends……   Many of you have expressed your concerns about the ongoing status of the new Co-op Live Arena in Manchester. We share your concerns.  


“Contrary to some opinions, however, we don’t have any double secret inside information on the condition of the building.

“We do know that our brilliant co-promoter,  Danny Betesh at Kennedy Street Enterprises. already has a back up plan and just in case, has reserved the same night….MAY 19th at Manchester’s AO Arena.

“We also know that we limited capacity to 12,500 guests. That means that even if we have to move, there will plenty of room for everybody.  


“Right now, that’s a big IF. And we don’t know.  

“We promise that we will let you know as soon as we know IF we have to move the concert from Co-op Live to AO Arena. Like you, we would love to have this resolved sooner than later.  

“In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding while everyone works together to sort this out.

“Barry and all of us are looking forward to seeing you all onMay 19th. Until then…..all best, Garry.”

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