Global artist Harry Styles’ first job was delivering newspapers for the Co-op. Now he’s investing in Co-op Live, the UK’s biggest arena, scheduled to open in his hometown, Manchester, in 2023.
Co-op Live represents a £350m private investment in Manchester. It will generate 3,500 jobs during construction, providing a much-needed boost to the city’s economy. It will support a further 1,000 jobs during operation and bring more events to the city.
Harry says: “I’m incredibly proud and excited to be partnering with OVG on their plans for Co-op Live. Manchester is an incredible city, filled with incredible people, and I couldn’t be happier being involved in this project. It very much feels like coming home.
“I was drawn to this project on every level, from the opportunities it brings, to the contribution it will make to the city, and most importantly, that it will allow even more live music to thrive in Manchester. It’s just another sign that this amazing city continues to grow.”
The arena will be located on the Etihad Campus and has been designed as the most sustainable arena in Europe. The partnership with Co-op will see the venue generate at least £1m annually for good causes both locally in Manchester and across the UK.
It is a huge coup for Oak View Group to have the Fine Line album artist onboard at the peak of his career.
The singer-songwriter will be actively involved in the development of the project, working alongside OVG’s UK and international team, led by global live entertainment industry leader Tim Leiweke.
The vision is to deliver world-leading experiences with a particular focus on fans, unique premium and hospitality areas and artist spaces.
Co-op Live will be the first arena to be built with an equal focus on artists and fans by offering the best experiences and sound. From the largest standing floor capacity in the UK, to a range of premium tickets, the arena will be designed to provide fair financial opportunities for artists while offering fans access to tickets at a wide, and accessible, range of prices.
Francesca Bodie, OVG’s President of Business Development, said: “At OVG our vision is driven by a unique view that puts fans and artists first in every decision we make. There’s no artist in the world right now better placed than Harry to advise us on delivering a first-class experience for visitors and artists at Co-op Live.”
“We’re focused on building one of the world’s best arenas in Manchester and Harry’s advice and consultation is going to be invaluable as we work to deliver that.”
Visit www.cooplive.com for more information on the project.