Elbow at Co-op Live arena – local lads officially open troubled venue with staggering performance

WELL worth the wait.

Charlie Watkinson Charlie Watkinson - 15th May 2024

The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived. After multiple setbacks and HVAC issues wreaking havoc, the Co-op Live is open for business.

And I must admit, Elbow’s opening show last night didn’t disappoint in the slightest.

The event absolutely blew my socks off. It’s hard to believe that a venue with such teething problems could produce such a streamlined experience.

From the building itself, the layout, the lovely staff, the food, the sound, and the overall amazing organisation, it’s impossible not to fantasise about watching all your favourite artists here.

And actually, the delays have sort of worked in the troubled venue’s favour.


It feels only fitting for Mancunian legends Elbow to christen the Co-op Live (no offence, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie) with a typically evocative performance.

Hearing anthems like One Day Like This and Grounds for Divorce with the incredible acoustics that Co-op Live has crafted was truly special and constantly left me in awe.


Throughout the whole performance, you could see how much it meant to Elbow to be the opening act.

The passion and vibrancy were evident, with lead singer Guy Garvey giving constant praise to the staff and crew who worked so hard to finally get this place up and running.

After the show, Elbow took to Instagram to say: “Thank you Manchester and The Co-op Live, you were amazing.”


All in all, an ethereal blessing was cast upon Co-op Live last night – one that I hope is here to stay.

From a city with such a rich musical background, there’s no better way for Manchester to reclaim its place at the forefront of the UK music scene than this.

Bring on the next shows!

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