‘Disappointed’ Olivia Rodrigo issues statement to Manchester fans after Co-op Live postpones gigs

"I'm so bummed, and I really hope to see you all soon."

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 2nd May 2024

Olivia Rodrigo has issued a statement to her Manchester fans after her run of gigs at Co-op Live have been postponed.

The US singer-songwriter was due to perform two massive sold-out shows tomorrow and Saturday (3 and 4 May 2024) here in Manchester at the city’s newest venue, the now-troubled Co-op Live, as part of her GUTS world tour – but, due to what has been referred to as “ongoing venue-related technical issues”, these gigs are now the latest in a long line of postponements.

The huge 23,500-capacity arena confirmed yesterday evening, following the last-minute cancellation of A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – which was due to be first music show held at the venue, following the postponements of Peter Kay and The Black Keys – that both Rodrigo’s gigs will be postponed.

New dates will be announced as soon as they’re confirmed, Co-op Live assured ticket-holders.

Co-op Live said in a statement: “Due to an ongoing venue-related technical issue, the scheduled performances of Olivia Rodrigo’s GUTS World Tour on 3rd and 4th May are being postponed. Ticket holders can either hold onto their tickets or obtain a refund from their point of purchase.


“We deeply apologise for the significant inconvenience this will cause for many.”

The Drivers License singer also took a moment to assure her presumably-disappointed attending fans that she too was “disappointed” by the situation.


In a statement shared to her 37.2 million followers on Instagram yesterday, Olivia wrote on her Story: “Hello! I’ve been having such a great time in Europe so far and I’m soooooo disappointed that we’re unable to perform in Manchester due to ongoing venue-related technical issues.”

The 21-year-old told Manchester fans that “we’re doing our best to reschedule” the shows.

Her statement continued: “You can hold onto your tickets for further info or request a refund at your point of purchase. More info will be sent directly to ticketholders.


“I’m so bummed and I really hope to see you all soon.”

As previously mentioned, the massive arena was supposed to open for the first time to the public last night with a performance by US rapper, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, but it was called off at the eleventh hour and fans were turned away from the doors just minutes before they were meant to open.

Co-op Live has now confirmed that the reason for the cancellation was due to a piece of the HVAC (air conditioning) system having “separated from the ductwork”.

Because of this, rigorous testing on the rest of the system now needs to take place before fans can safely be welcomed inside.

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The next expected show on the Co-op Live schedule is Keane on Sunday 5 May, before beloved Manchester boyband, Take That, play a massive run of shows from 7-11 May and extra dates on 11 and 12 June.

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